In the face of the continuing effects of the global pandemic, university teaching staff need to be ready to start the new academic year on a socially distanced campus, teaching in both hybrid and online spaces.
Effective and engaging teaching in an online or blended environment requires an understanding of effective pedagogies for online and hybrid teaching. For those who are not experienced in digital teaching or those who are new to teaching generally, this can feel challenging.
Enhance your digital teaching practices
Advance HE has designed New to Digital Teaching, aimed at nurturing and developing contemporary professional learning, with a particular focus on online pedagogies and digital delivery within a fully virtual or hybrid teaching spaces. The programme models approaches and activities which can be taken into HE teaching, positioning the participant as a learner in online spaces and inviting them to reflect critically on the experiences in order to enhance their own teaching practices.
New to Digital Teaching will improve your confidence to successfully deliver effective courses in a safe and nurturing environment. Many of our participants stay in touch with one another once the formal course has come to an end, and so it will provide opportunities to meet other teachers and build a lasting community of practice.
Tim Hinchcliffe, Senior Adviser Learning and Teaching, Advance HE
Who is NTDT for?
New to Digital Teaching is a course aimed specifically at those who are new to teaching in HE, new to delivering courses via online platforms, or have received no formal training in HE teaching.
New to Digital Teaching focuses on four critical areas of practice for effectively engaging students online:
- How do I design and plan active online learning?
- What digital tools can I use to engage students in and beyond live sessions?
- What digital assessment and feedback tools can I use to promote meaningful learning?
- How can I make teaching inclusive of all students?
How is the programme delivered?
This is an online programme with synchronous and asynchronous activities which consist of a mixture of whole cohort/ collaborative/individual activities. The online format provides added flexibility, acknowledging the time pressures faced by academics.
The programme is divided into four learning blocks, requiring 2.5-3.5 hours of study each week, over four weeks; a 75 – 90 minute live interactive session and approximately 2 hours of directed study. Each live session will be recorded and the resources will be made available to participants for an additional three months afterward the formal end of the course on Advance HE’s virtual learning environment. The online format provides added flexibility, acknowledging the time pressures faced by teaching staff.
Week 1: Introduction to online teaching using video conferencing tools, VLEs and asynchronous activities.
Week 2: Designing Online Assessment and Feedback
Week 3: Planning for Learning and Teaching Online
Week 4: Reflective Practice and Action Planning,
The programme also includes participant micro teach sessions (optional) and an end of programme clinic session and ‘awards’ ceremony
What are the programme outcomes?
After attending the webinars and completing formative tasks, participants will be able to:
- Create effective learning plans for study in an online and hybrid environment.
- Select and use appropriate formative and summative assessment and feedback tools that support learning in an online environment;
- Use digital tools creatively and ethically to enhance learning opportunities for all students;
- Work effectively and collaboratively online;
- Reflect on the learning experience in order to enhance future teaching practices.