In June Bulletin reported the launch of the new coaching platform available to support staff to navigate the significant changes that the higher education sector is facing. Six months on, 51 colleagues have taken up the offer with those who have completed their programme giving an overall satisfaction score of 9.8 (out of 10). Staff also reported a 25.9 per cent increase in their wellbeing and a 57 per cent increase in their clarity on next steps to achieve their goals.
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The Hybrid Teaching Exchange website showcases how colleagues across the University have approached the shift to hybrid teaching. Here, Joe Arton, Academic Developer and part of the Hybrid Teaching Exchange project team, and Dr Jon Turner, Director of the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), share how the approach to Semester 1 has informed the preparation for Semester 2 teaching.
The Hybrid Teaching Exchange is where colleagues can share work in progress, learning, insights, ideas, plans and resources to support hybrid teaching for 2020/21. The aim of these digests is to provide an overview of the site and highlight new and existing content that we hope will be useful and of interest to you and colleagues. Since the last digest, we have expanded the depth of content in existing themes and added a new theme Supporting Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience.
Reflections on Semester 1
Throughout Semester 1, the Exchange has documented the University-wide experience of transitioning to hybrid during Covid-19. Contributions have included departmental plans, strategies and personal narratives from staff and students. Highlights from Semester 1 include:
- Insights from colleagues on how the strategic, technological and pedagogical challenges that surfaced with the transition to hybrid have been tackled, along with contributions from students sharing their experiences..
- How Equality, Diversity, Inclusion can be addressed in hybrid teaching and learning. This includes thinking around equality, equity and social justice in hybrid education; how to design assessment for social justice; approaches to inclusiveness, access and diversity; and how teaching staff can recognise and counteract racial micoaggressions.
- Contributions that share advice, resources and approaches. This includes guidance for students (which is also useful for staff) on how to focus on pre-recorded lectures; experience of using the University’s media recording services; and examples of colleagues adaptation in running a local field course, working in partnership with student societies and the Students’ Association; and a creative use of minecraft in teaching.
Looking Towards Semester 2
In Semester 2, the Exchange will continue to support hybrid teaching and learning by being comprehensive, iterative, responsive and practical. For example, in order to answer some of the mental health and wellbeing challenges of Semester 1, we have introduced Supporting Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience in a digital environment as a new theme. Content that colleagues may find useful while preparing for Semester 2 includes:
- An overview of the support and advice available on how to get started with Digital and Online Teaching; including links to support and training from Information Services and support for hybrid teaching from the IAD.
- Ideas and guidance for developing and running live co-curricular sessions; how to build community and presence in digital environments; guidance on running educational activities outdoors along with conversations and resources to support Place-Based education and shared learning spaces; infographics for tutors and demonstrators with quick tips and key resources on various aspects of teaching; and ideas for socially-distanced in-person small group teaching.
- Advice on how to manage challenging behaviour online, respond to microaggressions, and build and support hybrid values.
- Resources to support staff and students’ health and wellbeing and personal reflections on the experience of providing that support.
Contribute and Feedback
Please do consider contributing to the site or making use of the comments sections and let us know if you have suggestions for future themes and topics.
We’d also welcome your feedback on the site in the comments sections and we are currently running a five minute usability survey.
Illustrations: Kirsty Johnston, The University of Edinburgh, 2020. All rights reserved.
It’s hard not to marvel at the beauty of the Old Royal Infirmary building as you walk down Lauriston Place. A key part of Edinburgh’s history, the building served as the city’s main hospital until 2003 when it moved out to Little France, now known as Edinburgh BioQuarter.
But the building’s legacy will continue once restoration work finishes and it can house the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI). Promoting a completely multi-disciplinary approach to building courses, EFI works, not only across the University, but across the city too, drawing on partnerships in government, industry and communities to be able to make a real impact both locally and globally.
Data is a part of everyday life. When it comes to understanding, analysing and presenting data, it’s important that all our staff have the tools, skills and confidence to work with data efficiently to meet their objectives.
The Developing Your Data Skills Programme delivered by Information Services Group (ISG) is now in its third year and has enrolled more than 600 participants to date. It’s been a busy year for many, but ISG are enrolling staff onto their Semester 2 cohorts now – so if you’re interested and can make time to develop your data skills then this could be for you.
What does it mean to see, imagine and reimagine bodies? How does biomedicine and technology shape what we think of as the human body? How might this change in the future?
These are just a few of the questions Ingrid Young, Chancellor’s Fellow, Stephanie Sinclair, Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, and their colleagues in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, will be exploring in their events for the Being Human festival later this November.
Back in July, bulletin shared the work that went into launching the Hybrid Teaching Exchange. The website showcases how colleagues across the University have approached the shift to a hybrid teaching. Here, Joe Arton, Academic Developer and part of the Hybrid Teaching Exchange project team, shares what they’ve learnt since June.
Edinburgh Innovations is hosting a webinar with Dr Robert Langer, the internationally acclaimed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientist and entrepreneur, later today – Wednesday 4 November at 3pm.
Join the Commercialisation Culture event to hear Dr Langer share his experiences and talk about the drive that has led to his unequalled success as an academic and inventor. There is also a chance to pose your questions for a short question and answer session.
With the clocks going back a few weeks ago, and the winter evenings drawing in, it seems a good opportunity to mention the University’s short course offering. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free for everyone and cover a huge range of subjects.
A new addition to the line-up is a course from the School of GeoSciences; Nitrogen: A Global Challenge. Researchers have used their current work with UKRI GCRF’s new South Asian Nitrogen Hub to inform the latest MOOC. The work explores sustainable development for cleaner air and water, climate resilience, health and livelihoods.
The pandemic has changed how a lot of people work. More than ever we’re relying on technology and data-driven methods to help with out day-to-day roles. In this issue Edd McCracken, Head of News, speaks to a number of our academics about how they have embraced this new way of working.
Professor Christina Boswell, Dean of Research in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, understands what it’s like to wrestle with uncertainty at the start of a career in academia. Here she shares why early career researchers have been hit so hard by the pandemic, and explains how the University is improving the support available.
It seems incredibly strange to think that we’re coming up to the autumn of 2020 already. With most of us having spent the summer in our homes, it feels odd to emerge into this limbo where we’re all itching to get back to a sort of normal, but still unsure about what that will look like. Understandably, there’s a lot of anxiety around navigating the return to our campuses and a different approach to learning and teaching.
In our last issue we mentioned the new guidance to support Semester 1 planning on the Adaptation and Renewal sharepoint. In preparation for September, we wanted to share some of the resources that teams in the Students Work Stream have been creating to support our teaching staff and your students for the new semester.
We’ve already seen some of the new support initiatives for staff the HR team has been working on over the past few months. Here Bea Young, HR Partner – Organisation and Development, shares more about the updated core programmes for leadership and development.
“Flexibility in a time of great change is a vital quality of leadership” Brian Tracy, Leadership Speaker and Author
Never has this been truer within the University and wider world than in the past six months. Our leaders and managers will continue to need to be adaptive, resilient, collaborative and emotionally intelligent as we face the challenges and opportunities of the coming years.
Over the past few months the Students work stream in Adaptation & Renewal has been looking at a range of work strands focussed on our returning students. Here bulletin looks at the work that has gone into launching the Hybrid Teaching Exchange website which shares how colleagues across the University are planning and preparing for the shift to a hybrid teaching approach for September.
There’s been a lot of thinking and planning around hybrid teaching recently with a lot more work still to navigate. The Students work stream of Adaptation and Renewal has been exploring how best to support, complement and celebrate the work going on in Schools and programmes.