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 …

Writing for Times Like These: A New Kind of Pandemic Pastoral Care

Reading Time: < 1 minute In post, Dr Kitty Wheater the University’s Mindfulness Chaplain shares the genesis and purpose of the weekly MindLetter which offers mindfulness techniques and a suggested practice for the University of Edinburgh community as part of the Chaplaincy’s pastoral response to the COVID epidemic… Writing for Times Like These: A New …

A Local Alternative to Field Courses

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post, Dan Swanton Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Degree Programmes Convener for the Geography Degrees in the School of GeoSciences, describes the development of a hybrid field course for Year 3 students on the Masters of Geography programme. This alternative approach opened up paths of growth and …

Assessment and Social Justice in the Hybrid University

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this video, Vel McCune from IAD and Jan McArthur, a former colleague and now a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, discuss how to design assessment for social justice in a hybrid context. You can also download this conversation as a Podcast. Oct 29, 2020

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. https://wonkhe.com/blogs/doing-the-right-things-universities-under-covid/ Oct 28, 2020

Ideas and Support for Live Co-Curricular Sessions

Reading Time: 10 minutes Ideas and support for live co-curricular sessions Updated 21st October 2020 Jon Turner, Cathy Bovill, Velda McCune and Donna Murray (Institute for Academic Development, IAD) Three weeks into the semester many staff and students are reflecting on their early experiences of hybrid teaching.  While it is too early to draw …

How to Focus on Pre-Recorded Lectures

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this video, Dr Sarah Ivory Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy and Director, Centre for Business, Climate Change and Sustainability (B-CCaS) talks about how to stay focused in pre-recorded lectures, and at other times like reading articles or books. She explores why focus is so important, and provides …

Shared Learning Spaces – Why We Need to Stop Ignoring the Fundamental Role the Physical Environment Plays in Deeper Learning for Students.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Global awareness of the importance of space and its impact on the daily lives of human beings has been experienced by many throughout the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. Concepts of pre-COVID spaces have been disrupted and with it our lives and education systems in unprecedented ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has …

Hybrid Teaching: Guiding Principles and Core Values

Reading Time: 3 minutes These guiding principles and core values for hybrid teaching have been developed to try to find a common thread in hybrid teaching models, and to show that it is not so different to our usual teaching values. This helps to ensure the continuity of our professional practice in teaching. This resource was developed from a …

Adapting to Hybrid Teaching: The Staff and Student Experience (School of Engineering)

Reading Time: < 1 minute Staff and students from the School of Engineering share their experiences of adapting to hybrid learning. https://www.ed.ac.uk/covid-19-response/our-community/adapting-to-hybrid-teaching         Image Credit: Snow pattern, Zyw, Aleksander, University of Edinburgh Collections Catalogue No. 0016500 Oct 15, 2020