Personal Tutoring Online

Enhanced guidance to support colleagues in tutoring online will be available during the University Learning and Teaching Day. However in advance, and in addition to the existing Staff and Student Guides, University guidance and training resources and materials, you may find these link helpful:

Effective Personal Tutoring in HE is a comprehensive text that explores the core values, skills and a curriculum of Personal Tutoring, as well as providing a Personal Tutor Self Assessment system (at both individual and institutional level: https://www.criticalpublishing.com/effective-personal-tutoring-in-higher-education

An online assessment tool to accompany the text can be accessed here: https://andrewstork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Institutional-SAS.pdf

Also, for further support please view UKAT’s Professional Framework that focus on personal tutoring but are applicable to wider student support.

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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’.

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.

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.

How to move your teaching online – fast

Complementing the many other valuable resources posted, you may find some useful ideas in the attached short paper from David Baume.

It is published by the University of London Centre for Distance Education under a Creative Commons License  CC-BY-SA 2.0. In summary – please copy, use and adapt as you wish;  acknowledge its source; acknowledge any changes you male; and re-distribute under this same license.

EHU Colleagues ‘Taking your Teaching’ online guidance is here.