It's tough to keep students motivated and engaged when they can't get together. So its not surprising that asynchronous activities, which have been the mainstay of online-only courses, are increasingly being incorporated to make traditional courses more satisfying at a time when students may be feeling demotivated or disappointed with their university experience.
Using new tech can be stressful, whether it's getting used to a new mobile phone or incorporating online tools into your teaching. One key tip is to be prepared by getting hands-on experience. This will help you get comfortable with the technology you are using, making you more confident, and your teaching more engaging.
Whilst the period of emergency online teaching is over, the reality of the new normal is still sinking in for a lot of people – from lecturers and librarians, to parents and students. With Jisc’s Student digital experience insights survey 2020 finding that “more needs to be done to develop students’ digital capabilities and confidence”, what steps can you put into place to ensure your students get off on the right foot?
This is clearly a significant moment. Looking back in time to the social changes after the plague or the industrial revolution, something akin to that is happening with remote learning and the disruption of education.
I’m Dr Sarah Grant and I’m the Associate Director and Head of Operations for Imperial College Business School’s Edtech Lab. I am privileged to oversee an EdTech team within a Business School where online education is at the very heart of its strategy.