Learning & skills events

Find out about learning and skills conferences, seminars and exhibitions taking place across Scotland in the coming months.


“Informed Scotland provides a very valuable service with information on forthcoming Professional Learning events throughout Scotland. There are lots of useful events in their listings that I only found out about through their Calendar.”
– Allan Wilson, Information Officer, CALL Scotland, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

“Everyone involved in Scottish education should regularly check out the Events Calendar and follow @InformedScot on Twitter. Quite simply, it tells you about everything that’s going on!”
– David Noble, co-founder of Radio EDUtalk

“It’s great to see all that’s happening in learning and development in one place. Thanks to the Calendar I am always up to date with current events and never miss anything.”
– Allan Lloyds, Founder, Product Forge


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Erasmus+ Information Session 2018 – Glasgow @ IET Glasgow: Teacher Building
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Effective practice seminar @ Montrose Town Hall, Angus
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


This event will showcase some examples of effective practice in community development identified through inspection and current tools and work linked to this area of CLD.

For more information visit: http://www.i-develop-cld.org.uk/course/view.php?id=132&section=5&

‘Gadamer, Bakhtin and dialogic space: Implications for teaching and learning in the Digital Age’ @ Patersons Land, rm G21, Edinburgh
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Centre for Research in Digital Education: School of Education

The information explosion, on the one hand, and digital modes of learning, on the other, often combine to inform the quest for the best ways of transmitting information in digital form for pedagogical purposes. This can result in linear, asynchronous, transmission-based modes of teaching and learning which commodify, package and deliver knowledge for individual ‘customers’. The primary concerns in such models are often technical and economic – technology as a cost-effective ‘solution’ to educational challenges. In this paper I argue for the importance of dialogic learning space in teaching and learning informed by Information and Communication Technologies, whether in the form of fully online learning, blended learning or face-to-face encounters using ICT affordances. Although the 20th Century theorists Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) and Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) produced their seminal works before the advent of ICTs, they were both concerned with the quality and authenticity of human engagement, both with texts and with other persons and contexts. I draw on Gadamer’s notion of understanding (verstehen) and horizon, and Bakhtin’s notions of dialogue and chronotope to conceptualise dialogic learning possibilities in the digital age.

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/professor-peter-rule-gadamer-bakhtin-and-dialogic-space-implications-for-teaching-and-learning-in-tickets-49988492928

Supporting Skills Development in Scotland by City & Guilds (North) @ Nairn Dunbar Golf Club
Nov 7 all-day

City & Guilds

This event will outline our products and services across our Group, including qualifications and delivery resources. Not only will you hear updates from our sector and digital experts, you will have the opportunity to network and arrange time to have any specific queries addressed.

The event is primarily for staff within training organisations and colleges that make commercial delivery and curriculum decisions. If you already work with us or are considering doing so, please come along.

This event can contribute to your CPD and by attending you will receive a digital credential.

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-skills-development-in-scotland-by-city-guilds-north-tickets-50969734849

Visible Learning: The Year of Young People @ Edinburgh
Nov 7 all-day

OSIRIS Educational

  • Discover the impact of the world’s most powerful education research
  • Examine how Visible Learning research is transforming the way we think about school improvement
  • Visible Learners: find out how to build learning capacity in all young people
  • Leave with an understanding of the research that ensures young people achieve beyond expectations

For more information visit: https://osiriseducational.co.uk/category/conferences/the-year-of-young-people-with-professor-john-hattie.html

Participation in Decision Making in Educational Settings: beyond learner voice and pupil councils @ Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling
Nov 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Academic Resilience @ Glasgow
Nov 16 all-day

Osiris Educational

  • Build and embed resilience in every learner and teacher
  • How to use the resilience scale to analyse students’ academic resilience and develop their individual ‘next steps’
  • Focus on Excellence and Equity
    • health and wellbeing
    • raising attainment
    • employability
  • Academic buoyancy becomes the norm, rather than the hope

For more information visit: https://osiriseducational.co.uk/academic-resilience.html

Just Google it: digital literacy and the epistemology of ignorance @ Paterson's Land, Edinburgh
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Centre for Research in Digital Education: School of Education

This paper examines digital literacy and how it relates to the philosophical study of ignorance. Ignorance of how digital technologies work (e.g. how users’ online activities can be used to the advantage of platform owners without the users’ knowledge, and how browsing can be confined) is still not well understood from the perspective of user practice. Building on work in Literacy Studies which has often examined ‘knowledge production’, we argue that a social practice approach to digital literacy can also help examine how epistemologies of ignorance may be produced, reproduced and sustained. Using data from a study which set out to explore the knowledge producing work of undergraduate students through interviews and recorded observations of assignment writing, we argue that particular digital literacy practices pave the way for the construction of certain forms of ignorance, and that this kind of Literacy inquiry is a vital step in better understanding the implications of online practices.

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-ibrar-bhatt-and-dr-alison-mackenzie-just-google-it-digital-literacy-and-the-epistemology-of-tickets-50262062181

The future for apprenticeships in Scotland @ Central Edinburgh
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Attachment-led early years practice: a seminar with Suzanne Zeedyk @ Glasgow
Feb 22 all-day