This strand will focus on upskilling staff and students. Over the remaining years of the Theme, we will publish details of new developments and share resources from the sector. We hope this will help you to understand and use data to enhance the student experience.

Webinar series


QAA Scotland will be running a series of webinars that will consider the use of different types of data (both quantitative and qualitative) in a variety of contexts. We will run these valuable sessions with help from a range of sector leaders and experts. The webinars will run on the third Tuesday of each month between October 2018 and June 2019. Attendance is free, but you must register in advance.


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.



Resources


Engaging Student and Staff Voices

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018

Dr Liz Austen's presentation from the Engaging Student and Staff Voice webinar. This presentation relates to the Evidence for Enhancement sector-side strand activity, Optimising the use of existing data.

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Author: Sheffield Hallam University
Format: PPTX
Size: 13660 KB

Digital storytelling - Example Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018

Customisable resource produced as part of the Engaging Student and Staff Voice webinar presented by Dr Liz Austen. The webinar relates to the Evidence for Enhancement sector-side strand activity, Optimising the use of existing data.

Document Details
Author: Sheffield Hallam University​
Format: DOCX
Size: 101 KB

How to produce digital stories with students and staff in higher education

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018

Customisable resource produced as part of the Engaging Student and Staff Voice webinar presented by Dr Liz Austen. The webinar relates to the Evidence for Enhancement sector-side strand activity, Optimising the use of existing data.

Document Details
Author: Sheffield Hallam University​
Format: DOCX
Size: 94 KB

Digital Storytelling - Ethical checklist

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018

Customisable resource produced as part of the Engaging Student and Staff Voice webinar presented by Dr Liz Austen. The webinar relates to the Evidence for Enhancement sector-side strand activity, Optimising the use of existing data.

Document Details
Author: Sheffield Hallam University​
Format: DOCX
Size: 91 KB

Existing resources and training


Learning Analytics resources


Several sector bodies have produced resources that may help you understand the key issues in the rapidly-developing field of Learning Analytics.

JISC - Code of practice for learning analytics

Publication Date: 21 Sep 2018

This document sets out the responsibilities of educational institutions to ensure that learning analytics is carried out responsibly, appropriately and effectively.

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Author: JISC
Format: PDF
Size: 66 KB

NUS - Learning Analytics: A guide for student unions

Publication Date: 21 Sep 2018

This document highlights emerging issues of the use of learner analytics and student data in UK higher education and how students’ unions might deal with them on their campuses.

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Author: NUS
Format: PDF
Size: 204 KB

Training offered by OpenLearn


OpenLearn is an e-learning platform developed by the Open University and offers free online courses. Introductory courses relating to data include:

Training offered by HESA


HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) collect and publish detailed information about the UK higher education sector. Their services include in-person and online training that may help you better understand sector-level data. Visit the HESA website for more information and resources, including past webinars.