Webinar - Just enough? Why we need to question our assumptions about evidence

Date: 20 November 2018
Location: Online

This webinar will take place on 20 November 2018 from 12:30 to 13:15 and is free to attend.

As part of the current Enhancement Theme, QAA Scotland will present a series of webinars aimed at helping you use data to enhance the student experience. Facilitated by a range of sector leaders and experts, these valuable sessions will consider the use of different types of data (both quantitative and qualitative) in a range of contexts.

About this webinar

The use of evidence to drive improvement in educational practice has gained significant traction in recent years. Yet the concept of 'evidence-informed practice' remains ill-defined and contested. This interactive webinar will invite academics and practitioners to debate the nature of evidence and the role of methodology in educational decision-making, with particular focus on what constitutes as being 'credible'. We will discuss the promises and pitfalls of 'hierarchies of evidence' and consider the effectiveness of using anecdotal data to capture unintended consequences.


Stella Jones-Devitt - Head of Student Research and Evaluation, Sheffield Hallam University
Stella is a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the HEA and one of two national Ambassadors for Teaching Excellence in H.E. She is convenor of the Flexible Learning Community of Practice, working in partnership with Advance HE. Stella chaired the QAA Subject Benchmark review of the Health Studies curriculum (2016) and the previous iteration in 2007. Her wider academic interests include exploring more creative approaches to impact evaluation, flexible pedagogies, applied critical thinking and the growth of zombie leadership in higher education.

Alan Donnelly - Researcher in Student Experience and Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University
Alan is a researcher in Student Experience and Engagement at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and a Fellow of the HEA. He is currently teaching research methods and critical thinking development at SHU. Alan has researched and supported the delivery of several initiatives to evaluate and improve student retention, experience and success, such as institutional impact evaluations and sector-wide projects. His wider academic interests include evaluation in learning and teaching and widening participation.

Who should attend?

This webinar will be of interest to a wide range of staff and students, but may be of particular value to those in teaching leadership roles within the Scottish higher education sector.

Please note that we will be recording the webinar, and will capture text chat along with video and audio. We hope you can join the webinar but if you are unable to do so, the video will be available on our YouTube channel.


Further information about this event, including how to register, is available on our booking site.