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 …

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, …

Ideas and Support for Live Co-Curricular Sessions

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 …

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 …

Delivering SLICC presentations should be part of the “new normal”: an online post-graduate students’ experience

In this post, Masters of Public Health (online) student Stephen McBurney describes the paralells in the digital format of this year’s University of Edinburgh (UoE) Learning and Teaching Conference and the SLICC course. In particular, Stephen highlights how the SLICC course develops the essential skills to engage a community of academics and peers …

MHSES Guide to Digital-First Teaching

A quick guide to what digital-first teaching in MHSES and what it means for your course. This guide was developed with the help of Michael Gallagher and Digital Education, and has drawn from the great work done by the IS ABC working group, UCL Digital Education, Alison Christie, Zoe Robertson, …