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Posted on May 13, 2020 by Dr Dawne Irving-Bell

Online learning: Are we asking the right questions?

Without warning, and almost overnight, the higher education sector has embarked on a whole-scale experiment in online learning. There is no doubt that this is a challenging time for both students and teaching staff, but what can the academic literature tell us about online learning?

Please click here to visit HEPIs site and read this blog post which has been kindly contributed by Rachel Ambler, an independent researcher, Gervas Huxley, Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol, and Mike Peacey, Senior Lecturer at the New College of the Humanities.

In this review of the literature, they define online learning as ‘a learner’s interaction with content and/or people via the Internet for the purpose of learning’. For example, students interact by watching a pre-recorded lecture online (interaction with content) or participating in an online discussion group (interaction with people). An important distinction that the literature makes is between synchronous and asynchronous learning – whether student and teacher are online at the same time. A Zoom meeting is ‘synchronous’ whereas an instructor-moderated Facebook discussion is ‘asynchronous’.

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Practical Pedagogy Online Conference FREE

There is a national conference on September 13th with experts in SoTL from across the country presenting and attending.

Dr Dawne Irving-Bell has been invited to attend as a member of the Scholarship and Impact Panel where delegates can ask questions.   

To Register:

If you are interested in attending, please register here. https://lncn.ac/practical Details about how to attend each stream will be emailed to all ticket holders ahead of the event. Registration is essential for attendance.

Conference Website: https://twitter.com/pedPancakes

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Check out this monthly @TalkingHEpod podcast by @santanuvasant from UWL. This month chatting to our very own Dr Dawne Irving-Bell about the National Teaching Repository! #TalkingHE

The National Teaching Repository

Our curator and critical friend affiliations.

Established using funding from AdvanceHE The National Teaching Repository is a platform where colleagues can share effective interventions that lead to real improvements in teaching & learning.

For more information visit our Welcome and Guidance page: https://figshare.edgehill.ac.uk/articles/presentation/NTR_-_Welcome_pdf/12673016

To submit your work here please visit: https://figshare.edgehill.ac.uk/submit

The Student Engagement team take UniSkills online!

UniSkills provides a wide range of support designed to help students develop their academic skills and confidence at University and beyond. The Student Engagement team (part of Library and Learning Services) are committed to continuing our support during this uncertain time, albeit in a slightly different way.

The team are currently working from home at various locations across the North West (from Ormskirk to Hebdon Bridge!) but continue to provide 1-2-1 appointments, UniSkills workshops (now webinars) and embedded classroom sessions.

UniSkills workshops

We know our popular UniSkills workshops are valued by students across all years of study to help them find high-quality academic information online and develop their academic writing and referencing skills. We are now delivering these workshops as webinars via Blackboard Collaborate. Find out more on our UniSkills webpages.

1-2-1 appointments

Our 1-2-1 appointments remain in high demand and support is now also offered via Blackboard Collaborate. Once students have booked a 1-2-1 appointment in the usual way we will send them all the information they need to join the appointment online. Whilst it’s not the same as a face to face appointment, students have found them beneficial so far and we can provide lots of advice and guidance on all aspects of producing University assignments.

Embedded sessions/online content

The Student Engagement team are also available to join you within your online classroom environment or we can provide digital materials that you can share with students and/or host in Blackboard. Just email uniskills@edgehill.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

We also have a wide range of online support and information available 24/7 on the UniSkills webpages, and students can also access this information via their ‘My Library’ tab in Blackboard.

If you have any questions or queries about how we can support your students with their academic skills during this period please do get in touch.