Local Lecturer Awarded Scholarship

Shetland College UHI’s Dr Simon Clarke has been awarded a Learning and Teaching Academy scholarship for a project entitled Off-Campus Learning and Teaching by Video Conference.

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Dr Simon Clarke

The University of the Highlands and Islands’ Learning and Teaching Academy awards a small number of scholarships each year to enable university staff to undertake relevant education-related scholarship and research. Simon’s project is aimed at investigating the online delivery experience of the last year in order to determine what has been effective, how shortcomings might be overcome and to inform effective educational practice in the future. 

Simon said: “Higher education has been operating under completely different circumstances due to Covid-19. The majority of lectures, seminars and tutorials are now not only by video conference but also off campus. The study hopes to look at how we have coped, building on the University of the Highlands and Islands’ long experience of using video conferencing for teaching”. 

There is an opportunity to see Simon in action at the Online Open Week from Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th November. Shetland College UHI along with NAFC Marine Centre UHI and University of the Highlands and Islands want to make sure that, although things are different at this time, people have the opportunity to discover everything there is to offer at campus locations here in Shetland, and across the Highlands, Islands, Moray and Perthshire.

As part of the Online Open Week Dr Simon Clarke and Dr Andrew Jennings are offering a series of special free lectures. On Tuesday 24th November focussing on science, radiocarbon and archaeology, Dr Clarke will deliver a public lecture exploring the potential and pitfalls of Radiocarbon Dating, the single most important scientific tool for examining the development of prehistoric societies. Wednesday 25th November’s cultural theme will see Dr Andrew Jennings explore the use of place-names in understanding cultural change and population movement. On Thursday 26th November, Dr Clarke focusses on heritage management looking at the priorities of heritage management through the example of Scatness Broch in Shetland. For details on how to join these free public lectures and to add them to your calendar, please look at the open week events page. 

In addition, bookable appointments are on offer at both Shetland College UHI and NAFC Marine Centre UHI with lecturers or support staff.  The University’s strength in delivering through blended learning is supported by local student services, helping students succeed at every stage of their learning journey. Our blended learning approach combines video conferencing, inventive online technologies, real time support from lecturers and local staff and some face-to-face teaching. To book a chat and find out more, fill in the online form and a telephone or video chat will be organised at a time that suits you best. 

The University of the Highlands and Islands has live Q&A sessions running throughout the week on their Facebook page as well as bookable sessions with academic and support staff across the campuses.