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 …

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

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. …

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 …

How to Create Equality of Experience Around Technology (05:49)

In this video, Rayya Ghul National Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in University Learning and Teaching discusses how to create equality of experience around technology in the context of equality, diversity and inclusion. Aug 27, 2020

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 …

Wants, worries and woes: Starting the semester on the same page

In this post, Kirsten Jenkins Lecturer in Energy, Environment and Society within the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies group and incoming Programme Director of the Energy, Society and Sustainability MSc., describes the importance of creating equity in the remote classroom in terms of both engagement and opportunities to succeed. Spotlight …

Get to Know Your Students and Let Them Get to Know You (3 min)

Prof. Velda McCune and Dr. Tim Fawns discuss the importance of getting to know your students and having them get to you know you in the wider context of assessments in a hybrid learning environment. Prof. Velda McCune and Dr. Tim Fawns discuss designing assessments for hybrid teaching. The topics …

The First Five Minutes and Beyond: Community Building in the Classroom

In this extract from her book Co-Creating Learning and Teaching: Towards Relational Pedagogy in Higher Education, Cathy Bovill demonstrates how building good relationships creates a foundation for co- creating learning and teaching, but in turn co- creation of learning and teaching can strengthen positive relationships between teacher and students, and …