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 …

Understanding and Addressing Global Challenges: EFI’s First Elective Course

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post from the Bulletin staff magazine, Charlotte Davidson writes about the Edinburgh Future’s Institute’s (EFI) first undergraduate elective option for students; Understanding and addressing global challenges that began this September and focuses on different ways to understand the challenges that the world is facing because of the ongoing …

Locating Bias in Higher Education Marking Practices

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post from Advance HE,  Hannah Borkin a mixed-methods researcher at Advance HE shares some of the findings on the prevalence of bias in assessment and marking as part of wider efforts to address systemic inequalities… Locating bias in higher education marking practices Nov 27, 2020

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 …

Encouraging Language Exchanges in a Restricted World

Reading Time: < 1 minute The eTandem Global programme launched in 2020 to offer students a practical language exchange in the wake of restrictions introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme, coordinated by the Study and Work Away team, is a fully digital opportunity for Edinburgh students to partner with students from other institutions around …

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 …

Projects, Peers, Passion, and Play: How Minecraft Transforms (Hybrid) Teaching

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post, Richard Fitzpatrick a final year PhD student  working in the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences as part of the University of Edinburgh-Zhejiang University partnership, explains how the popular sandbox videogame Minecraft can be used for teaching and how it can lead to sustained engagement, enthusiasm, and creativity. …

The School of Mathematics ASID Creation Support Project

Reading Time: < 1 minute This video highlights some of the work the School of Mathematics did over the summer in preparation for hybrid teaching. The School’s ASID (Adapt, Support, Implement, Deliver) group worked to support a range of activities across teaching, student support, tech, estates, PhD students, and communications. In this video you see …

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 …