As you've been working through the Teach Online Toolkit, hopefully you've been reaching out to colleagues for tips and support. Working with others can provide new insights as well as boosting your confidence to stretch yourself. Group work is an opportunity for students to benefit from that same experience. It can also help them develop new skills that will make them more employable, and provides a valuable opportunity for human connection. This session looks at group work – and how to set up effective virtual group work. There are tips from experts for you and for your students, and students in the UK and Australia share their experiences of group work in lock-down.
Student experience is key at the University of West London. My team provides academic support, but we work closely with other support services, as academic and personal issues can overlap. With the current situation, our priority has been the student facing work. We have been keeping students informed of what’s coming up every week.
In a traditional lecture hall or seminar group you have a captured audience. In contrast, your remote lectures have to compete for attention. From financial concerns, to the day to day challenges of childcare, a YouTube video from a friend, or a sunny day outside – your students are surrounded by distractions. And that means re-thinking your approach to lectures.
Right now, many of the students who are physically logging in to lectures are mentally switching off.
Keep it simple, keep it human and get help when you need it.
Aurélie Soulier, from Catalyst IT, shares her perspective on the benefits of education technology, and gives some advice to new users.
Week 3: Video lectures
Welcome to week three in our series supporting lecturers and teaching staff in their rapid transition to remote teaching. In weeks one and two, we looked at some of the fundamental issues to consider at the outset. This week we focus on reducing the stress of video lectures, and making them more effective. While this diverges from the normal pathway of designing effective online learning, it does reflect the reality faced by many of you who are continuing to teach in these exceptional circumstances.