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Month: May 2020

I wish I felt comfortable using all the software but in practice I’m wondering if it’s not best to stick to one to make my life easier as I have never worked online before. In an ideal world we would use Collaborate for break-out groups as part of synchronous lectures/seminars/workshops (related to the translation theory class). These groups […]

You set up spaces, but students will do their own thing, maybe on Skype, so let’s not stress too much over it. Group work not assessed. Not for every single course of the MSc. Not all students will have technical or digital skills: keep it simple Group work as part of the TS1 lectures and […]

Keep a 2 hour slot for the lectures but split into parts: Frontload when content comes up: pre-record and post before the class (weekly announcements) the tasks. Label clearly (e.g. 30 minutes for lectures, 20 min for exercise, 20 wrap up) Splits them in group (breakout sessions), then come back to lecture mode. If big lectures […]

essentials considerations for positive community building discrete activities to develop community (however small) things to avoid or mitigate when trying to build and sustain a community A mixture of formal and informal community activities I think to achieve a sense of belonging we need to organise activities which are related to the learning, so formal things […]

Working as a group is: 1) frustrating, when you like things going at a particular pace. I therefore find myself organising people, because I want to take time off and would need the ball to get rolling now! 2) Do you just ignore those who don’t engage and get on with it with the people […]

You are part of a new course team developing a course to be delivered online at the start of the next academic year. Due to student feedback and high online attrition at other universities, your Programme Board are particularly keen to support online courses that students becoming active participants of the University of Edinburgh community. […]

Week 0:  activities for students to get to know each other, open space for students to ‘play and establish their own identities’ (MG). Even before week 0. Online only events, e.g.: Interviews of staff, could interview translators and do items around new articles published. We could have that instead of seminars? Hybridity: Interaction at Programme […]

How are you structuring in teacher presence, how are you developing contact and care, how are you structuring time? You can make this post very utilitarian if you want: perhaps a quick sketch on how you might structure all of this for your own courses. We are currently not offering anything online so it will be […]

Beyond the time zone differences, what are the challenges in what the instructor is proposing? How would you be able to frame the synchronous event with pre and post event activity? How would you approach this for your own course? My first reaction is: this is a nightmare! -8h, +8h, arghhhh 1. The students who […]


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