Student questions about Edinburgh’s hybrid model (Part 1)

In our first mini-series of the academic year, we provide some answers and further links based on the questions students have asked us about hybrid learning. Part one focuses on general questions around hybrid learning and teaching, subsequent parts focus on student life in general and specific study-related questions.


What is hybrid teaching and learning?

Hybrid teaching covers courses and programmes that can be taken by on-campus and off-campus students. It allows students to transition from being one to the other, and back (should circumstances change). Some classes and teaching will take place in-person, such as seminars and tutorials, and some will continue to be delivered digitally, like lectures. Your School will communicate what the hybrid experience in your subject will look like.


What is the difference between digital and online?

Digital teaching takes place via digital platforms that can be accessed globally (e.g. Collaborate). For semester one, most lectures are likely to be delivered digitally (your School will let you know which platform(s) are being used).

Online teaching or courses refers to courses and programmes which were online before Covid-19 i.e. online masters programmes.


What is the difference between face-to-face and in-person teaching?

Traditionally, face-to-face teaching was used to describe teaching a class in a room on-campus. However, you could have live, face-to-face teaching via Collaborate. To avoid confusion, in-person is being used to describe teaching that is conducted physically in a classroom/lab/workshop setting on-campus.


What is live teaching?

Live teaching is teaching that occurs in real time and could be conducted digitally or in-person. Sometimes the term ‘synchronous’ is used to describe live teaching.

There may be some circumstances where live teaching is not possible. In that case you may have pre-recorded teaching. This could be a pre-recorded lecture, or workshop, of a live session or something that has been specifically pre-recorded. This normally takes the form of a video and could be anything from 15 mins to 50 mins (or longer). Again, this could be used digitally (e.g. watching at home) or in-person (e.g. in a teaching lab on-campus).

Learning that can happen at any time, and therefore at different times for members of a group is known as asynchronous learning. This can relate to pre-recorded materials (e.g. lectures) and other activities (e.g. discussion boards, online quizzes etc).


What do I need to attend?

Even if you are unable to attend something on-campus, hybrid teaching means that you should be able to participate in classes wherever you are. Your School should provide you with information and guidance on how to participate and engage with your classes, and what things a mandatory to attend (whether in-person or digitally, live or asynchronously).


Student questions about Edinburgh’s hybrid model (Part 2)

Part 2 of our mini-series on Student questions about Edinburgh’s hybrid model is now live. You can read it here. Part 1 focuses on student life in general and specific study-related questions.