Tuesday 14th April 2015
'Learning and Teaching in a Changing Environment'
Registration for the 8th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching conference is now open.
The Conference will be of interest to all members of the higher education community with an interest in teaching, learning and assessment, and once again, will be open to a limited number of external delegates.
The programme, together with abstracts and the web booking form can be found at:
Please note that registration will close on Friday 20th March 2015.
The delegate rate for the Conference is £60.00 (this does not apply to University of Glasgow staff or colleagues from Validated Institutions or the Glasgow International College).
10th March will see eCom Scotland host an exclusive User Conference in the magnificent Signet Library, Edinburgh.
The Signet Library, in the centre of Edinburgh's old town, is synonymous with prestige and provides the perfect setting to present high calibre learning solutions that are creating an impact here and in the US.
What to Expect: The eCom User Conference will be a chance to hear a discussion on Open Badges and the policy of badging within workforce development. This will be supported by a focus on competency management learning solutions in practice and a special talk on Accessibility within Learning Solutions from the RNIB.
"We have been running our eCom User Conference for a number of years, this year we are delighted to include International speakers to provide insight into competency and badging within the United States Education arena." Wendy Edie, Managing Director
The event presents a fantastic opportunity for you to ask key questions about learning solutions that will be answered by industry leaders and guests.
First ScotRail plc, winner of the prestigious 2014 Scottish Award for Business Excellence accolade are hosting their own informative learning journey at the Quality Scotland’s Offices in Edinburgh on 25th February, 2015.
First ScotRail became members of Quality Scotland in 2011 and quickly embarked on their own Journey to Excellence. Initially being awarded Committed to Excellence in 2012, the First ScotRail team quickly went on to win Recognised for Excellence 5–Star and subsequently become the overall winner and achieve the Scottish Award for Business Excellence, 2014!
As well as a presentation detailing their journey, First ScotRail will be focussing on how they implemented the EFQM Model and RADAR logic to continuously improve their services for both their customers and staff.
Elaine Bell, Head of Corporate Responsibility, will present on how First ScotRail develop their people in a way that motivates, builds commitment and enables them to use their skills and knowledge for the benefit of the organisation with particular focus on their systematic approach to succession planning and their innovative Modern Apprenticeship programme in Customer Service.
Elaine will also present on the strong leadership within the organisation focussing on the proactive role modelling lead by the Executive team as well as ongoing strategy to maintain their 5-Star way of working.
About First ScotRail
As the UK’s largest rail operator with four franchises; First ScotRail currently operate one quarter of the UK passenger rail network, including intercity, commuter and regional services. The leading transport operator in the UK and North America, with annualised revenues of over Â£6 billion per annum, First ScotRail transport a massive 2.5 billion passengers a year.
Who Can Attend
- Senior Managers
- Decision Makers
- Individuals across all sectors responsible for continuous improvement and quality management within their organisation
Don't miss out on this valuable learning and networking opportunity.
Book online now!
The price is £50 +VAT for members of Quality Scotland and £70 + VAT for non-members.
Date: Wednesday, 25th February 2015, 10am - 12.30pm
Venue: Quality Scotland, 28 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN
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All educators in Scotland are invited to take part in the national Digital Learning Week. This is your chance to find out what is happening in Scottish schools in relation to digital learning. Explore how you can integrate digital learning into your classroom.
Digital Learning Week will include Glow TV events and TeachMeets. Events and activities will be publicised on the National Digital Learning Forum blog.
For more information about Digital Learning Week and the ways you can share what you are doing, contact:
Online learning and development company Aurion Learning recently launched their second annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, detailing their achievements and successes throughout 2014.
The report, available to download here, outlines the initiatives Aurion has taken over the past year to positively impact their employees, local community and the environment.
Initiatives undertaken include participation in digital literacy programmes for over-65s, reading with children in local primary schools and the introduction of a number of measures designed to encourage employee engagement and wellbeing.
Aurion Learning’s endeavours to conduct business responsibly were recognised in May 2014 when they were selected as ‘Right Place to Work’ in the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards.
As well as benchmarking CSR successes in 2014 in comparison to previous years, the report sets out six new aims for 2015, ensuring the continuing development of initiatives and practices that enable Aurion Learning to conduct responsible business.
Speaking of the report, Ciaran O’Hare, Director of Aurion Learning said:
“Conducting business responsibly is one of our core values at Aurion and the publication of our achievements to date and our aims for the future allows us to communicate this to stakeholders both inside and outside of the company.”
- If you were an animal what would you be?
- We need animals that "charge" or eagles
- To generate high quality sales leads for the sales team.
- Increase our SEO rankings by creating high quality backlinks and posting content
- Create insightful and thought provoking content (with help from others) including blog and social posts, slideshares, and other rich media tools
- Widely distribute content to target markets using email, blogs, social
- Network with industry key opinion leaders, bloggers and analysts
- Work with our external marketing agency to guide on content ides, features and PR
- Our platform will launch later in the year in 20 languages. The ideal candidate will have experience in managing translation projects or helping businesses grow and expand overseas
- Exceptional story telling capability, linking problems to solutions and evidencing with data and pictures. You will be an awesome creator of outstanding content.
- You will be interested and an advanced user of tools such as slideshare, pintrest, and the many other channels that can take content and deliver it beautifully
- You will be able to take content and distribute it to those who it will interest in channels such as social media and industry focused groups on LinkedIn, twitter and Google+
- You will have a strong data management background and understand how to create new target lists to attack market segments using tools such as ZoomInfo and linkedIn.
- You will be able to segment data and distribute optimised content to each target audience
- You will love CRM systems, working with the sales team to refine process from lead creation to handover
- You will be an exceptional communicator and team player. You will be able to understand the growth aspiration and have the skills to place content and drive lead creation using multiple channels.
- You will be joining a small, well resourced and highly competent team. Who are passionate about travel and adventure.
- We are moving from our start-up phase to early growth phase.
- There is no place in our business for gossip or politics. It is not 9-5 culture. The role will be addictive. Days zoom by.
- We are data and results driven. You must be comfortable with change and be able to adapt as the data and results change
- We need a heads down, focused person that understands their place on the team and will be passionate about exceeding the plan and delighting your colleagues.
If you join, you join on the understanding and mindset that this business belongs to each and every one of us. We work shoulder to shoulder and carry a full load.
The role is very task orientated.
Failing or not quite getting it right.... is fine... so long as you are humble, learn and were seriously "going for it."
If you are one of life's "chargers" - you will fit in well here.
Above average rates of pay, bonus and benefits are offered.
Please tell us why you fit the bill, send some examples of your work and salary range expectations.
The use of game mechanics to increase learners’ motivation is not a new concept, but this year gamification is set to come of age, moving away from being viewed as a gimmick to becoming a real contender as one of the key techniques used to motivate and engage learners. We can all expect to see gamification become more practical, more integrated, more fun and more common so we want to share why it’s so exciting!
In our predictions of the top digital learning trends for 2015, we noted an influx in the use of gamification in E-Learning and we were far from the only ones. A report by Ambient Insight placed the annual global growth rate for game-based learning at 8.3% and predicted that revenues would amount to a massive $2.3 billion by 2017.
Why is gamification so effective?
Keller’s Model of Motivational Design outlines four strategies for motivating learners:
Gamification is brilliant because it incorporates all four of these tactics to draw in and engross learners. The use of gaming narratives, mechanics and graphics will draw the attention of learners whilst the application of knowledge will reinforce the relevance of learning materials. Learners will have their confidence boosted by the progress they witness during their learning adventures and E-Learning which incorporates rewards and recognition will create a great sense of learner satisfaction.
In the digital age, learners have various forms of information and entertainment competing for their attention. The challenge of the educator is to deliver their information in the most relevant and gripping way.
What will be different in 2015?
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