The Hybrid Teaching Exchange was launched in early June 2020. It is a University of Edinburgh website where colleagues can share work in progress, learning, insights, ideas, plans and resources to support hybrid teaching for 2020/21. We now have over 100 contributions from colleagues and students across the institution and beyond. The aim of these email digests is to provide an overview of the site and highlight new and existing perspectives and resources that we hope will be useful and of interest to you and colleagues as we adapt to this new learning and teaching environment. Since the last digest, we have added two new themes, Alternative Assessments and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and greatly expanded the depth of content in existing themes.
Highlights and Updates to ‘Exploring Hybrid Teaching’
Exploring Hybrid Teaching provides institutional and disciplinary perspectives on hybrid teaching in addition to practical advice on how to create effective learning experiences in a hybrid environment. Highlights include:
- Insights from academic staff and students’ experience of adapting to digital and hybrid teaching, including new disciplinary perspectives.
- We’ve added a video from Sarah Ivory on how to stay focused in pre-recorded lectures, and advice from IAD colleagues on how to do effective socially-distanced in-person small-group teaching.
- We’ve also expanded our IAD video series featuring discussions from experienced online educators on how to approach hybrid teaching and assessment. We have a blog introducing new University guidance on running educational activities outdoors and updated information from Moray House School of Education and Sport (MHSES) on how to make better use of outdoor places and spaces for hybrid teaching.
New Theme: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
- A selection of resources, developed by Rayya Ghul on recognising and counteracting racial and sexuality-based microaggressions and those based on transphobia and misunderstanding of the trans and/or non-binary experience.
- A post from Velda McCune where she unpacks some common thinking around equality, equity and justice and there’s guidance on translating diversity and inclusion in the curriculum.
- There’s also advice on how to create equity of experience around technology, engagement, and supporting students with protected characteristics.
Our resource page links to recently updated University support and other information, and we have ensured that existing content contains the most relevant and helpful information.
- There are additional quick tips and resources for teaching online for tutors and demonstrators and resources for staff providing support for students in a hybrid learning environment.
- We have included perspectives and information on supporting staff and student mental health and wellbeing and will add more content to these pages throughout October.
- There are also resources for leaders and managers who are supporting staff in their approach to Hybrid Teaching provided by the Learning and Organisation Development department.
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 study
Jon Turner (IAD Director), Joe Arton and Ros Claase (Hybrid Teaching Exchange Curators)