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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 this blog which was 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.

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In this review of the literature, we 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’.

Fabulous Free Webinars!!!

You are invited to join the amazing @VirnaRossi for 3 free webinars on the theme: ‘A menu of practical lesson activities in e-learning mode’

You have had to switch to e-learning fast, because of the pandemic. In your current e-learning mode, you likely have some synchronous and some asynchronous lessons. You would welcome some practical ideas for activities in e-learning mode.

These 3 webinars present a ‘menu’ of practical ideas on:
1. lesson starters
2. main activities
3. lesson closures

Intended outcome:
By the end you should be equipped with an international toolkit of (evidence-based) effective e-learning activities that you can implement within your course(s).
Register to join live and/or to receive the recording by email. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar 1: Lesson starters (in e-learning) When: Apr 27, 2020 01:00 PM London

Quick advance registration for this webinar:
https://ravensbourne.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t4AAx9HKSVaLCCnRE5EXEw


In this Webinar 1, about lesson starters, these international guest speakers will discuss some practical options to use at the start of lessons in e-learning mode:

Virna Rossi – Educational Developer – Ravensbourne University London (UK)
Flavia Belan – PhD in Neuroscience, Chief Scientist at Seneca Learning – (Brazil/UK)
Punya Arora – Senior Educator and Academic Developer – New Delhi (India)
Maha Bali – Associate Professor of Practice – American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Tim Fawns – Deputy Director, MSc in Clinical Education – Edinburgh University (UK)


Webinar 2: Main activities (in e-learning) When: May 6, 2020 11:00 AM London

Quick advance registration for this webinar:
https://ravensbourne.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IoulEPv-Tdy27W9MR3iptg
 

In this Webinar 2, about main activities, these international guest speakers will discuss some practical learning activities to use for lessons in e-learning mode:
Virna Rossi – Educational Developer – Ravensbourne University, London (UK)
Vicky Dale – Senior Academic and Digital Development Adviser, University of Glasgow (UK)
Dustin Hosseini – Senior Teaching Associate – Lancaster University (UK)
Chris Baldwin – Application Manager (Education) – Nord Anglia – London (UK)
Steven Kolber – Humanities Teacher – Brunswick Secondary College (Australia)


Webinar 3: Lesson closures (in e-learning) When: May 15, 2020 03:00 PM London
Quick advance registration for this webinar:
https://ravensbourne.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tHEWZipKTCWs0mcv-nz2BQ


In this Webinar 3, about lesson closures, these international guest speakers will discuss some practical options to use at the end of lessons in e-learning mode:

Virna Rossi – Educational Developer – Ravensbourne University, London (UK)
Stephan Hughes – Adjunct lecturer/Doctoral student/Teacher Trainer – Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Dayamudra Dennehy- ESL Faculty, City College of San Francisco (USA) & Creative Director, Jai Bhim International (India)
Mays Imad – Professor at Prima Community College – Arizona (USA)
Flower Darby – Director, Teaching for Student Success – Arizona (USA)
Derek Jones – Senior Lecturer in Design – The Open University (UK)
 


Member benefit webinars – Covid-19 series

‘From emergency remote teaching to resilient systems for higher education’

21 and 28 April 09:00 BST

Details from Advance HE are here:

The last four weeks has seen an exceptional effort by the HE sector to continue to deliver or attain learning outcomes in non-ideal circumstances.  Students and staff recognised that achieving a perfect online learning experience was probably out of reach in the time frame available and most have exhibited great patience and humanity. However, as the crisis is set to continue into the next academic year, both returning and new students will be expecting an effective, accessible and flexible learning experience.

In the next two webinars in our COVID-19 series we will hear from academics on the frontline of the current crisis and those who have had years of experience in delivering flexible and accessible higher education. This webinar will help us to reflect on what we have learnt from this crisis to ensure that our approaches to curriculum design are flexible and agile enough to cope with a range of potential scenarios from some students not being able to attend campus either due to travel or health restrictions and/or further outbreaks leading to rapid campus closures.

Both webinars will be chaired by Advance HE’s Dr Kay Hack, Principal Adviser (Learning and Teaching). Ahead of the webinar, Kay has written a blog offering initial insights. Read the blog here.

At Advance HE, we want our member benefits to be accessible to as many of our members as possible. All webinars in the Connect Event Series are recorded and available to watch at your convenience via the member benefits group on Advance HE Connect.

OER Resource: Suggestions for replacing on site exams

This text has been reproduced from Professor Sally’s website. Thank you to Sally and Professor Kay Sambell for this invaluable resource!

Following on from my posting on 13th March, Kay Sambell and I have subsequently both been asked by colleagues for advice on how to move from having invigilated on-site exams to having students sit written assessments online from home, so we’ve put together a second informal guide as an open educational resource posted here: Kay-Sambell-Sally-Brown-Coronavirus-Contingency-Suggestions-for-replacing-on-site-exams-w.docx (16 downloads)

Please feel free to circulate and use it. You are very welcome to customize it for your local contexts, but please acknowledge its origins if you do so (and it would be very interesting for us if you let us know how you have used it!)