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

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

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

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 …

Digital and Online Teaching – Support to Get Started

As we look ahead to the remainder of semester 1 and semester 2 it is clear that we will need to continue to do a lot of teaching digitally and online.  Large and growing numbers of colleagues are involved and getting ready to be involved in teaching online, some for …

What is Hybrid Teaching?

In this post, Assistant Principal for Digital Education Siân Bayne  introduces our pedagogic thinking around hybrid teaching and offers some resources from a global perspective.   Hybrid teaching refers to courses and programmes that can be taken by online and on-campus students working together as a single cohort. In this sense it’s very different from remote …

Digital First or Education First? Why We Shouldn’t Let a Virus Undermine our Educational Artistry

In this article, Gert Biesta Professor of Public Education at the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professorial Fellow in Educational Theory and Pedagogy at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, argues that even in our current unprecedented situation, education begins …

Preparing Assessments for Semester 1 (5 min)

Prof. Velda McCune and Dr. Tim Fawns discuss preparing assessments for students in different time zones for Semester 1. Prof. Velda McCune and Dr. Tim Fawns discuss designing assessments for hybrid teaching. The topics and ideas in this conversation are informed by the additional work of Jen Ross, co-director of …

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 …