QAA Scotland are running a series of webinars with a range of sector leaders and experts. These sessions will consider the use of different types of data (both quantitative and qualitative) in a variety of contexts. The webinars will take place between October 2018 and June 2019. Webinar recordings, presentations and resources will be published after each event. Visit the event section to view details and register for future webinars.
Webinar Six: March 2019
Building an evidence-based approach to widening access
Our sixth webinar was presented by Dr Stephanie Mckendry (University of Strathclyde / Office of the Commissioner for Fair Access) and explored the development of Scotland's Framework for Fair Access. It discussed the challenges in finding the balance between different forms of evidence, and how learning from its development and use can both inform, and be shaped by, the use of evidence and evaluation in other parts of the sector.
Webinar Five: February 2019
Hunting for evidence in the data landscape
Webinar Four: January 2019
Data Delving: Engaging Staff in Student Experience Data
Nathaniel Pickering from Sheffield Hallam University presented our fourth webinar. This webinar explored the challenges in finding actionable insights upon which to improve the student experience. The session explored how to present and use data for different audiences, along with the use of appreciative inquiry and fictionalised/caricatured data sets.
Webinar three - December 2018
Gathering together: working alongside students in an evidence-critical environment
Dr Jill LeBihan, Head of Student Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University presented our third webinar. This webinar drew on experience of recruiting and working with students as leaders, peer educators and researchers, using evidence to inform their applied projects. We also looked at the evidence for the impact these sorts of activities have on students' experience and academic success.
Webinar two - November 2018
Just enough? Why we need to question our assumptions about evidence
Stella Jones-Devitt and Alan Donnelly from Sheffield Hallam University presented our second webinar. It explored the use of evidence to drive improvement in educational practice. This topic has progressed in recent years, yet the idea of evidence-informed practice remains unclear and controversial. This webinar debated the nature of evidence and the role of methodology in educational decision-making, with particular focus on credibility. The presenter also discussed the promises and pitfalls of hierarchies of evidence, and the effectiveness of using unreliable data to capture unintended consequences.
Webinar one - October 2018
Engaging student and staff voices
Dr Liz Austen from Sheffield Hallam University presented our first webinar. It explored the scope, principles and practices of engaging student and staff voices within higher education. It began with a discussion about the scale and type of current methods and a plea to consider more innovative, inclusive and empowering approaches. There was a specific focus on the use of digital storytelling for engaging staff and students along with suggestions for integrating student and staff voices within methodologies. The webinar also highlighted the ethical considerations within this type of work.