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?
Were you unable to attend the Blended learning design, all the gear, no idea? webinar moderated by Becky Hartnup, and hosted by Aurélie Soulier? The main points have been summarised here, and answers any questions you may have around the benefits and drawbacks of using a range of technology in blended and online education.
For many, the first semester since having to rapidly transition to a digital campus is coming to a close. Hurdles have been overcome, improvements have been made, and most importantly, teaching has continued. But now it’s time to prepare for summer and autumn semesters later in the year, so what lessons have been learnt, and what advice can be carried into the future?
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.