Chunking lectures – it’s a no brainer

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 10:35
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Students respond much better to manageable packages of information. Here Paul Moss explains why and how to go about ‘chunking’ online lectures to get the best results from students
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Students respond much better to manageable packages of information. Here Paul Moss explains why and how to go about ‘chunking’ online lectures to get the best results from students

How to build outstanding pedagogy for teaching via Zoom

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 09:44
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Too many educators still view online as a second-rate form of teaching, but it does not have to be. Here Stephen Hersh offers advice on how to offer first-class teaching via Zoom
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Too many educators still view online as a second-rate form of teaching, but it does not have to be. Here Stephen Hersh offers advice on how to offer first-class teaching via Zoom

Tips on avoiding digital burnout after moving all your teaching online  

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 18:10
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Demands being placed on academics to completely redesign their courses to teach online and grapple with new techniques and technologies, while continuing to carry out all their usual research and attend back-to-back Zoom meetings, are not sustainable, according to a professor of psychology at the University of Cambridge.    

Hundreds of academics on Twitter responded to her statement with advice about how colleagues might alleviate some of the burdens of the new working environments.  

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Many academics are at risk of "burnout" after working around the clock to move their courses online. A tweet on this subject sparked a flurry of responses offering advice and solutions to faculty overwhelmed by heavy workloads
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Many academics are at risk of "burnout" after working around the clock to move their courses online. A tweet on this subject sparked a flurry of responses offering advice and solutions to faculty overwhelmed by heavy workloads

How to design an online course centred around interactive learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 15:25
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Interactive learning is an effective way to keep remote students engaged with online courses. Sara Wolfson offers four tips on how to design classes with a strong focus on interactive elements
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Interactive learning is an effective way to keep remote students engaged with online courses. Sara Wolfson offers four tips on how to design classes with a strong focus on interactive elements

Creating a welcoming and inclusive online learning community

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 15:02
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Creating a sense of community among students via digital platforms is a vital component of effective online teaching. Here, Miral Gibson explains how fostering this welcoming inclusive online learning environment should be pedagogy-led
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Creating a sense of community among students is vital for effective online teaching. Here, Miral Gibson explains how fostering this welcoming online learning environment should be pedagogy-led

How to tackle fieldwork and real-world training online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 14:08
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Creating opportunities for students to apply expertise in real-world settings and carry out fieldwork is challenging when teaching online. Francine Ryan explains how the Open University law school has facilitated real-world training through digital channels
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Francine Ryan explains how the Open University law school offers real-world training and fieldwork through digital channels as part of its online courses

The power of peer to peer: how and why to encourage your students to learn from each other

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 13:48
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Peer-to-peer learning brings major benefits for students and instructors. Here, Zachary Walker explains how to encourage your students to learn from each other and why this can be so effective when teaching online
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Peer-to-peer learning brings major benefits for students and instructors. Here, Zachary Walker explains how to encourage your students to learn from each other and why this can be so effective when teaching online

How to support staff across all departments to design quality online courses

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 12:17
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Creating the Common Framework for Online Education for all teaching staff 

We developed the Common Framework for Online Education to support all academic staff involved in teaching our students. It was designed as a means to both enhance and assure the quality of our online delivery, after the unexpected and sudden pivot into online teaching and learning.  

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The sudden shift to online forced university staff to rethink and redesign classes often with little experience or knowledge of remote teaching. Helen Carmichael and Bobbi Moore explain how Southampton University supported all faculties to ensure high quality online courses
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The sudden shift to online forced university staff to rethink and redesign classes often with little experience or knowledge of remote teaching. Helen Carmichael and Bobbi Moore explain how Southampton University supported all faculties to ensure high quality online courses

Establishing a robust quality framework for online education

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 02/11/2020 - 10:46
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How can universities monitor and guarantee the quality of their online courses? Here Geo Laws talks about how establish a robust quality framework for online teaching
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How can universities monitor and guarantee the quality of their online courses? Here Geo Laws talks about how establish a robust quality framework for online teaching

Tackling ‘fake news’ in online education

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 30/10/2020 - 11:44
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Donald Trump may have given life to the phrase “fake news” in order to undermine the credibility of stories that do not conform to his world view, but the phrase has wider use. It reflects the explosion in recent years of online material, where stories can emerge and become mainstream without factual validity. This is as true for many common claims about online teaching and learning as it is for American politics. 

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Higher education remains awash with claims and theories that are backed by little evidence. Here Celia Popovic and Fiona Smart debunk some of the more common “fake news” myths in relation to teaching and look at how to apply this knowledge in online courses
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Higher education remains awash with claims and theories that are backed by little evidence. Here Celia Popovic and Fiona Smart debunk some of the more common “fake news” myths in relation to teaching and look at how to apply this knowledge in online courses