A Strange Mix of Emotions

In this post and illustration, recent Edinburgh College of Art graduate Hannah Riordan reflects on her experience of learning digitally during the final months of her degree and highlights the challenges and opportunities that it raised for assessment, student engagement and well-being. A Strange Mix of Emotions Image Credit: Illustration, …

IAD Support for Hybrid Teaching

This page provides an overview of the support available from the IAD for hybrid teaching. The information provided here will complement wider support for teaching continuity, details available from the Teaching Continuity webpages. https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/support-hybrid-teaching   Sep 24, 2020

The Importance of Friendships

In this post and accompanying illustration, Melanie Grandidge a 2020 graduate in Illustration from the Edinburgh College of Art describes how a student’s social health, measured by the extent of their social support is just, if not more, important to successful digital teaching and learning as having access to the …

Teaching Mechanical Engineering in a Pandemic at MIT

This article and video showcases faculty and teaching staff at MIT piloting new methods of teaching hands-on, project-based classes this semester. As students return for a semester with mostly remote learning, instructors in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering introduce new methods of teaching hands-on classes that may inform educational best-practices …

Learn How In-Person Instruction Is Going at the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia began some in-person instruction Sept. 8, taking extensive precautions to protect students, faculty and staff from the coronavirus, including mask wearing and at least six feet of physical distance in all classrooms. This article highlights the work of three professors to learn how the in-person experience …

Health & Wellbeing

This website provides an accessible site from which staff can access a variety of information on health and wellbeing issues. The majority of this information already exists on websites across the University but this site will hopefully bring relevant information together, making it easier to find. https://www.ed.ac.uk/staff/health-wellbeing     Image …

Recognising and Counteracting Sexuality-based Microaggressions: advice for teaching staff

This resource is intended to help you to: Understand what a microaggression is |  Understand sexuality and the roots of sexuality-based microaggressions | Identify the most common forms of sexuality-based microaggression | Learning some practical ways to counteract microaggressions and create and inclusive environment for all students | Find further …

Digital First or Education First? Why We Shouldn’t Let a Virus Undermine our Educational Artistry

In this article, Gert Biesta Professor of Public Education at the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professorial Fellow in Educational Theory and Pedagogy at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, argues that even in our current unprecedented situation, education begins …

Learning Digitally: The Importance of Slowing Down

In this post, University of Edinburgh Students Claudia Elijas, a 3rd year in Geophysics and Fraser McBain a student of Economics and Politics describe their embodied experience of the University’s transition from face-to-face to digital learning and teaching and the importance of slowing down for both mental health and productivity …