Learning & skills events

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

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Dr Chris Bailey ‘Visualising Lived Experience’ @ University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education and Sport
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Centre for Research in Digital Education

In this presentation I aim to demonstrate the power of employing alternative, interpretative analysis techniques in ethnographic work. I argue for the role of sensory interpretation as a valid and necessary method of analytical enquiry, particularly to challenge existing dominant, primarily written discourses that often strive for unrealistic empirical objectivity. In order to make this argument, I demonstrate a combined sonic/visual, interpretative approach to analysis, developed to explore the lived experience of a group of children in an after-school club that took place in and around the world-building video game Minecraft.

Here, inspired by research which takes artistic and exploratory approaches towards knowing, I employ interpretative drawing as an analytical move. Underpinned by the work of Deleuze and Guattari I produced a visual ‘map’ of soundscape data as a means of exploring potentially side-lined aspects of lived experience, through a process of resemiotization. Developing this sonic/visual approach in context helped to shed new light on the site under investigation. As such, this presentation builds on other analyses of sound in children’s social and educational experience by proposing that interpretative, visual responses to soundscape data can add value to otherwise purely written, or purely sonic, accounts.

Dr Chris Bailey, Sheffield Hallam University

More Information from: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-chris-bailey-visualising-lived-experience-tickets-96057214715

What Makes a Really Good Curriculum in the Primary BGE? @ TBA
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education and Sport

This session will be based on the premise that the curriculum is crucial to everything we do for our children in our schools. While not advocating a one-size-fits-all curriculum, it will explore principles and practice around the curriculum which, when delivered effectively, can influence a whole range of crucial issues such as raising attainment, meeting learning needs, closing the attainment gap, and, importantly, a love of learning.

Attendance at this session will stimulate and challenge thinking at a time when our minds are turning to planning for the next session. Professionals are always trying to nudge their practice on a bit further: this session will give you food for thought and room for discussion at a time when we are thinking of what we prioritise for next session. Now is the time to do the thinking.

More Information from: https://www.ed.ac.uk/education/professional-learning/free-saturday-morning-talks/what-makes-a-really-good-curriculum-primary-bge

Prof. Kirsten Sandberg: ‘Making Children’s Rights Real,’ The Opportunities of Incorporating the Convention on the Rights of the Child @ University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education and Sport Outreach Centre
May 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Moray House School of Education and Sport


With the Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the lecture draws on the global experiences from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about realising children’s rights in law, policy and practice. The lecture will consider the challenges and opportunities of incorporation and, taking the example of Norway, the lessons and recommendations for implementation.

More Information from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moray-house-annual-lecture-2020-tickets-88638079883

Dr Janja Komljenovic ‘The Future of Value in the Higher Education Industry’ @ University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education and Sport
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Centre for Research in Digital Education

This talk focuses on the processes of constructing new value in the higher education industry as it is digitalising all of its operations and innovating new digital products. Higher education industry and markets are normally understood in terms of commodifying and selling teaching and learning services. Some authors recognise that digitalisation of universities represents a hidden architecture for such marketisation of universities. I will expand this finding by arguing that it also represents the architecture for its financialisation. While the higher education sector has been marketised for decades, digitalisation brings yet a new quality into the processes of monetisation, and the forms of value construction. Following Birch, Doganova, Muniesa, Tyfield, and other authors, I argue that monetisation opportunities brought about by digitalisation in higher education are better explained as future assets than as commodities; and that the whole dynamic is better understood as capitalisation rather than marketisation. Assets and commodities have essential differences, which are consequential for legal and technical regulations of the industry. I will present a review of what is known about digitalising higher education industry and conclude with a proposal for future research.

Dr Janja Komljenovic, Lancaster University

More Information from: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-janja-komljenovic-the-future-of-value-in-the-higher-education-industry-tickets-88648659527