The Power to Unite People in a Way That Little Else Does

We are sharing this Teaching Matters post to the Exchange to inspire conversations about the power of sport and exercise in a hybrid environment to support mental health, wellbeing, community, and belonging. In this post, Daniel Mutia a fourth year MasterCard Foundation Scholar studying BEng (Hons) Electronics and Electrical Engineering …

Building Community and Presence in Digital Learning Environments

The restrictions we’re facing because of the health crisis has resulted in educators changing their practice. Many people are exploring digital tools and learning environments and re-thinking their teaching approaches as they get more of an understanding of the possibilities of teaching and learning in digital spaces. This short document …

International Foundation Programme (IFP) during COVID-19: A Reminder What’s Important

In this post, Anya Clayworth Programme Director for the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and a Teaching Fellow in Humanities at the Centre for Open Learning describes how her teaching and support colleagues navigated logistical, technological and pedagogical challenges of hybrid and in the process discovered resilience and delight among their …

Doing the right things? Universities under Covid

Universities and students have come under fire as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has intensified. Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham takes on the critics in this WonkHe post. https://wonkhe.com/blogs/doing-the-right-things-universities-under-covid/ Oct 28, 2020

A close connection

The School of History, Classics & Archaeology has a strong tradition of working closely with the University’s Students’ Association and student societies, and throughout the coronavirus pandemic this relationship has been stronger than ever. https://www.ed.ac.uk/covid-19-response/our-community/a-close-connection       Image Credit: Roman Ruins and figures – statue of Marcus Aurelius, Panini, …

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 …

Spotlight on ELIR: Reflections on Student Engagement

In this post, PhD intern Vesna Curlic reflects on her work on engaging students with the review process and considers how student engagement will be different in the upcoming academic year. Spotlight on ELIR: Reflections on Student Engagement   Image Credit: University of Edinburgh Collections, Roslin Glass Slides: Burmese Village …

Get to Know Your Students and Let Them Get to Know You (3 min)

Prof. Velda McCune and Dr. Tim Fawns discuss the importance of getting to know your students and having them get to you know you in the wider context of assessments in a hybrid learning environment. Prof. Velda McCune and Dr. Tim Fawns discuss designing assessments for hybrid teaching. The topics …

The point of an on-campus education

In this post, Dr Sarah Ivory from the Business School makes the case to potential students and their supporters that a university education is more than simply the accumulation of discipline-specific knowledge. Instead, an on-campus education facilitates thinking, intellectual, social and personal transitions, which will be the foundations on which …

The First Five Minutes and Beyond: Community Building in the Classroom

In this extract from her book Co-Creating Learning and Teaching: Towards Relational Pedagogy in Higher Education, Cathy Bovill demonstrates how building good relationships creates a foundation for co- creating learning and teaching, but in turn co- creation of learning and teaching can strengthen positive relationships between teacher and students, and …