STEER leads sector wide webinars on ‘evidence for enhancement’

In collaboration with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Scotland, and related to current Scottish Enhancement Themes, STEER colleagues have been designing and delivering a range of free webinars concerning evidence for enhancement.


Dr Liz Austen explored the scope, principles and practices of engaging student and staff voices within higher education. It began with a discussion about the scale and type of current methods and a plea to consider more innovative, inclusive and empowering approaches. There was a specific focus on the use of digital storytelling for engaging staff and students along with suggestions for integrating student and staff voices within methodologies. The webinar also highlighted the ethical considerations within this type of work.

Stella Jones-Devitt and Alan Donnelly. 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.

Dr Jill LeBihan. This webinar will draw on experience of recruiting and working with students as leaders, peer educators and researchers, using evidence to inform their applied projects. We also look at the evidence for the impact these sorts of activities have on students’ experience and academic success

Nathaniel Pickering and Dr Neil McKay. Amongst a deluge of data this webinar will explore the challenges in finding actionable insights upon which to improve the student experience. From insights gained at module through to course level this webinar will seek to explore the benefits in combining quantitative and qualitative approaches to go beyond the numbers. The webinar will also consider approaches to learning analytics and the potential for using old data in new ways to transform the student experience.

How do I access the content?

The recordings of each webinar, and accompany resources for practitioners to use within their own institutions, will be available here after the sessions. The content is of use for staff and students within HE institutions who are gathering, analysing and applying a variety of types of evidence to local contexts.


Image attributed to QAA Scotland.