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Category: <span>Building Community and Belonging</span>

Engaging learners: Any time? Any place? Anyhow?

Reading Time: < 1 minute At this time of immense change where the HE sector has had to respond to many challenges, not least the wholesale migration of programmes online or into hybrid approaches, ensuring the active involvement of students in the learning process is critical. However, how can we ensure that engagement with content …

Designing and Structuring Discussion Forums

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve all had to adjust how we approach our teaching this year and explore the tools we have available to us in the digital teaching and learning environment. There are many tools that enable us to design activities that we hope will engage and motivate our students including the discussion …

Learning From The First Wave of Students’ Covid-19 Complaints

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this blog post on WONKE, Felicity Mitchell (Independent Adjudicator at OIA) reflects on the first wave of student complaints linked to lock down. While OIA only covers England & Wales some of the themes and issues are likely to be relevant to other institutions… Learning from the first wave …

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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. Oct 28, 2020

A close connection

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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.       Image Credit: Roman Ruins and figures – statue of Marcus Aurelius, Panini, …

The Importance of Friendships

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 …


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