Educational Design and Engagement

Educational Design and Engagement

Enriching the student learning experience & supporting development of on campus and online courses.

Category: Learning Technologies

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since the pandemic began, but here we are! In April 2020, we created the short online course, COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application, to meet the pressing needs of healthcare workers around the globe. I worked closely with the team to build the course on […]

Discussion is a powerful tool for online learning. It can help foster a sense of community and encourage peer to peer interaction and improve learner engagement. Discussion can take the form of debate or reflective sharing, giving learners the opportunity to expand upon and clarify their understanding of key ideas. It moves beyond more passive […]

ABC Learning Design is a hands-on, collaborative workshop in which academic teams map out learning sequences of content to create a storyboard for their course. Originally developed at UCL, it is used across the University and beyond, and has been key in the redesign and development of on-campus courses for hybrid teaching and learning. With […]

Every July and December we have a full Learning, Teaching, and Web Services directorate meeting and I’m asked (along with the other section heads) to submit our top six achievements from the previous six months, so we can jointly celebrate the work of LTW. Well, it’s been an interesting year and the last six months […]

We held our first Learning Technology Community meeting this week; a new group but a very well-established idea. Fifty-eight colleagues, who identify their work in some way as relating to learning technology, attended to hear presentations from Karen Howie, James Bradshaw, Sharon Boyd, and Alex Burford, on their work and experience relating to preparing for […]

At the UCD Gathering conference last week, Laura Yarrow’s talk on rebellious creativity was a definite highlight for me. She talked about what we can learn from children’s rule-ignoring, rebellion-embracing ways to improve our ideas, creativity and ways of working. A story about her 5-year-old son summed it up well. When frantically searching for an […]

During a year where we’ve seen a switch to a new way of working, I attended the User Centred Design (UCD) online conference, covering all aspects of user-centred design and looking at research from various speakers and industries around the world. User experience and design is somewhat integrated within my role and I was looking […]

Clearing, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is for applicants who have not yet secured a place at university, or who have a place but wish to apply to another university. This year, the University anticipated that more calls would be taken than usual so put a call out to staff for frontline call […]

Happy New Year from the Educational Design and Engagement team! The New Year is traditionally a time for new starts and resolutions. This year why not make a resolution to learn more about the learning technology tools and services provided by the University. There is a variety of courses and workshops to choose from catering […]

Following on from our ALT workshop in September, the “chatbot team” was asked if we would mind running a workshop at Edinburgh Zoo for the College eActivities Group (CeAG), in collaboration with SQA and College Development Network. It was an offer we couldn’t refuse! But unlike previous outings, I would be flying this one solo […]

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