How Covid-19 Changed Assessment: Podcast (13 min) + Video (2 min)

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this podcast, Prof. Judy Hardy, Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Science and Engineering and Dr. Neil Lent Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at the Institute for Academic Development, explain the changes that staff have made to assessment as a result of Covid-19 and discuss the …

Enhancing Our Use of The Learn VLE in Different Teaching Settings

Reading Time: < 1 minute A new Learn Foundations Academic User Group chaired by Dr Paul Norris from the School of Social and Political Sciences will ensure that the work led by the Learn Foundations project is shaped through user research and evaluation activities.  In this post, Stuart Nicol, Head of Engagement and Digital Education …

Lessons Learned: Digital Skills in 2020 and beyond

Reading Time: < 1 minute The rapid move to hybrid working, learning and teaching in early 2020 was a steep learning curve for us all. With staff and students relying on online platforms and applications to work, learn and teach, the importance of digital skills was placed firmly in the spotlight. This presented both an …

Generating Immersive Large-Scale Virtual Field Work for Zoology Students

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post, Richard Fitzpatrick (Deanery of Biomedical Sciences) & Prof Tom Little (School of Biology) describe a project that creates a digital environment that faithfully replicates field work experience for both students and educators using the game Minecraft and Virtual Reality… Generating Immersive Large-Scale Virtual Field Work for Zoology …

Guidance on creating safe and inclusive learning spaces

Reading Time: < 1 minute Further to feedback from colleagues that they would benefit from ideas on how to provide effective interventions when witnessing poor online behaviours, we have developed a toolkit with colleagues from the Digital Skills team, Careers Service and ART Students. You can access the toolkit via the Professional Development for Student …

Podcast Series: Student Mental Health & Online Engagement

Reading Time: 2 minutes This two part podcast series produced by the Institute for Academic Development examines the impact of online engagement on students’ mental health.  It explores the positive sides of online engagement, the downsides, the unintended consequences and what we can do to make things a little bit better. Listen: Episode 17 …

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 …

Affordances of Places and Spaces When We Blur the Lines of Indoor, Outdoor and Online: A Conversation Between Robbie Nicol and Heidi Smith

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post, Robbie Nichol, Professor of place-based education and Heidi Smith Lecturer of Outdoor Learning discuss the critical role of Place-Based Education in hybrid teaching and learning and its capacity to support health and well-being. Affordances of Places and Spaces When We Blur the Lines of Indoor, Outdoor and …

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 …

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 …