Flexible learning concerns institutions constructing and continually evaluating infrastructure, policies and practices that offer the widest possible opportunity for successful student engagement and belonging of all stakeholders in higher education.
In this video, Dr Kay Hack introduces the Beyond Flexible Learning member project and discusses how HE providers can provide high quality education experiences while leveraging the benefits of online learning for students.
“Pedagogic approaches will need to adapt to provide authentic and accessible digital learning that fosters social interaction and collaboration … students and staff will need support to develop competencies for virtual teaching, learning and working … as well as developing the skills students will require for the 21st century workplace. This change to practice requires a strategic approach, national and institutional policies, academic and professional workforce development, and a review of the functionality and configuration of learning spaces.” Dr Kay Hack, Principal Adviser at Advance HE
Beyond Flexible Learning outputs
The Beyond Flexible Learning member project will provide a range of resources to help our members develop institutional and personal responses as they develop and communicate their flexible learning offer.
Dr Kay Hack is joined in discussion by Dr Nick Mount Academic Director of University of Nottingham online and Professor David Webster, Director of SOAS Foundation College, to consider the role of quality assurance in the changing higher education sector. In this podcast, they discuss quality assurances processes, professional development programmes, and the movement of traditional undergraduate programmes to a hybrid model.
Advance HE will also publish a series of six practice guides covering in-person, hybrid, hyflex, multi-modal, online asynchronous and online synchronous teaching and learning that support programme design and provide an intentional blend of in-person and remote teaching to develop engaged and effective student learning.
We will hold a sandpit event later in the year about what the future of student experience will be, as well as hosting the Flexible Learning Symposium in June 2023, which will provide a chance for colleagues to exchange ideas and discover new approaches to the world of flexible learning.