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. …

International Foundation Programme (IFP) during COVID-19: A Reminder What’s Important

In this post, Anya Clayworth Programme Director for the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and a Teaching Fellow in Humanities at the Centre for Open Learning describes how her teaching and support colleagues navigated logistical, technological and pedagogical challenges of hybrid and in the process discovered resilience and delight among their …

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 …

Teaching Mechanical Engineering in a Pandemic at MIT

This article and video showcases faculty and teaching staff at MIT piloting new methods of teaching hands-on, project-based classes this semester. As students return for a semester with mostly remote learning, instructors in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering introduce new methods of teaching hands-on classes that may inform educational best-practices …

Hybrid Teaching at ECA

This ECA site shares experiences, reflections, tips, suggestions and resources to explore what “hybrid teaching” might mean for the Edinburgh College of Art. In these pages, they interpret the concept for ECA and include examples of colleagues’ experiences and ideas, anything that might help to develop best practices. Image Credit: …