Hybrid Pioneers

Hybrid Pioneers

A cross-institute initiative developed at MHSES and COL to explore perspectives, practice, and innovations in hybrid learning and teaching

Author: Jonathan Hancock

Hybrid Pioneers Hybrid Pioneers is a cross-institute initiative developed at Moray House School of Education and Sport and the Centre for Open Learning for the academic year 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. The Action Group is led by Professor Do Coyle and includes representatives from each of the four institutes in MHSES. The initiative will involve approximately […]

The lead of this case study, Dr Murray Craig, collaborated with students on the MA (Hons) Physical Education programme to explore and embed different modes of hybrid learning. Informal hybrid focus groups were held after classes, where students could openly feedback and discuss challenges and ideas. The practical nature of the course, and the type […]

As part of this case study, students responded to an online survey about their experiences of hybrid learning and teaching over the academic year, and their perspectives on hybrid in the context of outdoor environmental and sustainability education. From the survey responses, students developed a poem to highlight responses. The video below, from the Learning […]

Students on the Dance Science and Pedagogy programme worked with pupils from a local primary school to develop a ‘creative space’ partnership. The collaboration included pupils taking part in a ‘Socratic Circle’ activity at the university, where they formed two concentric circles and discussed ideas related to the topic of war. Students watched the activity live […]

The Hybrid Pioneers initiative will involve approximately 800 students across at least 10 programmes in MHSES. Each programme acts as a case study, with staff collaborating on research with students to explore hybrid learning and teaching. Some content from three of our case studies is available below: MSc Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education MSc Dance […]

The Hybrid Pioneers team presented a workshop at the Learning and Teaching Conference in June 2022. The workshop title was “One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking hybridity as accessible, agile, and inspirational learning and teaching spaces.” During the workshop members of the action group joined from different spaces on Moray House campus and presented […]

Read the Hybrid Pioneers interim report. The interim report on the Hybrid Pioneers Initiative, published in January 2022, reflects on activity in Semester 1 and emerging themes and key considerations for future research and practice. The report will be submitted to the Director of Learning and Teaching and circulated across Moray House School of Education and […]

[Image credit: Heidi Smith] Dr Heidi Smith, member of the Action Group on the Hybrid Pioneers Initiative, has written two blogs for Teaching Matters reflecting on her experiences of hybridity through Residential Learning and Teaching. You can access both of the blogs below. Residential Learning and Teaching in a Pandemic: Finding Opportunity and Affordances through […]

Professor Do Coyle, University of Edinburgh Global awareness of the importance of space and its impact on the daily lives of human beings has been experienced by many throughout the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. Concepts of pre-COVID spaces have been disrupted and with it our lives and education systems in unprecedented ways. The COVID-19 pandemic […]


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