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 …

Engaging learners: Any time? Any place? Anyhow?

Reading Time: < 1 minute At this time of immense change where the HE sector has had to respond to many challenges, not least the wholesale migration of programmes online or into hybrid approaches, ensuring the active involvement of students in the learning process is critical. However, how can we ensure that engagement with content …

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 …

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 …

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

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 Create Equality of Experience Around Technology (05:49)

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Support for Leaders and Managers

Reading Time: < 1 minute This page includes link to relevant resources offered by the Learning and Organisation Development department to enable leaders and managers to develop their skills to support their staff in their approach to Hybrid Teaching: To connect with colleagues around the University and find out more about how they are supporting …

Spotlight on ELIR: Reflections on Student Engagement

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 …