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Digital resources now rank alongside housing, healthcare and education

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 19/05/2021 - 01:01
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A recurring theme in public commentary on the pandemic has been the idea that in dire circumstances, the world made a sudden, unexpected and not entirely unwelcome jump into the future.

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Universities, government, business and local communities must come together and provide strategic action to tackle digital poverty effectively, says Julian Thomas
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Universities, government, business and local communities must come together and provide strategic action to tackle digital poverty effectively, says Julian Thomas

A blueprint for an engaging and student-centred online degree  that works 

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 10:00
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The increase in online learning and teaching for students, teachers and universities across the globe has been challenging. But it has also sparked experimentation and highlighted how important it is to design online education from its inception. So how do we make sure that the online education we deliver is not just an adaptation from face-to-face delivery but purpose-built for better learning outcomes?

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Sue Brown and Karalee Dwyer explain how to approach online education to ensure it is not just an adaptation from face-to-face delivery but purpose-built for better learning outcomes
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Sue Brown and Karalee Dwyer explain how to approach online education to ensure it is not just an adaptation from face-to-face delivery but purpose-built for better learning outcomes

Supporting foreign-language students in online class discussions

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 08/04/2021 - 01:05
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Supporting offshore Asian international students to acculturate to the norms of a Western university is a real challenge. There are often major cultural and structural differences between the social and schooling contexts of these students’ home countries and the overseas universities they are now enrolled in.

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Online discussions pose a challenge for foreign-language students studying remotely overseas, so instructors should take steps to support their understanding and engagement, says Liyun Wendy Choo
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Online discussions pose a challenge for foreign-language students studying remotely overseas, so instructors should take steps to support their understanding and engagement, says Liyun Wendy Choo

Course learning outcomes: how to create them and align them to assessment

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 09:00
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Over time and experience, you have developed an extensive multilayered library of knowledge – or schema – related to your area of expertise. It is what makes you an expert in the field and differentiates you from the students before you.

Facilitating an opportunity for those students to begin the journey towards acquiring a similarly developed schema is what drives the best educators, and it drives them because they want the next generation to carry the baton and advance the field further.

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Paul Moss explains how to structure online courses to build students’ knowledge methodically towards set learning outcomes and skills which should themselves, be used to shape assessment
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Paul Moss explains how to structure online courses to build students’ knowledge methodically towards set learning outcomes and skills that should themselves be used to shape assessment

Active, collaborative, authentic: the evolution of teaching post-Covid

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 23/03/2021 - 09:00
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When traditional face-to-face lectures were replaced by online delivery at universities all over the world last year, some institutions changed the style of teaching altogether. They replaced lectures with more interactive forms of instruction using Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate.

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How to facilitate active, collaborative and authentic learning experiences by using digital tools to enhance teaching now and post-Covid-19
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How to facilitate active, collaborative and authentic learning experiences by using digital tools to enhance teaching now and post-Covid-19

Understanding attrition: What can be done to reduce student dropouts post pandemic?

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 15:40
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We discuss the impact of the pandemic on student dropout rates and consider what universities can do to boost student retention now and in the future, with a panel of experts from the UK and Australia
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We discuss the impact of the pandemic on student dropout rates and consider what universities can do to boost student retention now and in the future, with a panel of experts from the UK and Australia

Asynchronous discussions – how and why

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 26/02/2021 - 09:00
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“Discussion enables students to find expression for their own thought, to have it challenged, to place this new idea in relation to the first, and through the resolution of that potential discrepancy, develop a more elaborated or better articulated expression of their thought. That need for checking and confirming thoughts is fundamental,” explained Diana Laurillard of the UCL Knowledge Lab, perfectly capturing why class discussions are so important to learning.

So how can you make discussions work for you? There are four essential considerations:

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Asynchronous discussions facilitate deeper reflection and critical thinking about course content. Paul Moss explains how to ensure such online discussions benefit all students on their learning journey
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Asynchronous discussions facilitate deeper reflection and critical thinking about course content. Paul Moss explains how to ensure such online discussions benefit all students on their learning journey

Steer the course: Help students navigate the online learning journey

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 09:05
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Technology-enhanced learning enables us to structure courses in ways that best support diverse student cohorts. We can use a mix of timetabled synchronous and independent asynchronous learning on campus and online.  

For activities such as workshops, tutorials, science labs, studio work and group assessment activities, students want or need to be on campus interacting face to face. Some students need to complete work-integrated learning within industry or the community. 

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Technology supports a much more flexible approach to learning, but it is important that instructors guide students through each stage of the course to ensure they engage with content in a logical order, as Kylie Readman, Garth Maker and Astrid Davine explain
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Technology supports a more flexible approach to learning, but it is important that instructors guide students through the course to ensure they engage with content in a logical order, as Kylie Readman, Garth Maker and Astrid Davine explain

Developing students’ digital skills through online learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 09:20
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Digital skills are key to the future employability of most graduates. Jo Coldwell-Neilson advises on how to embed digital literacy training into all aspects of online higher education
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Digital skills are key to the future employability of most graduates. Jo Coldwell-Neilson advises on how to embed digital literacy training into all aspects of online higher education

Boosting student employability through virtual experience

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 09:12
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After the upheaval of Covid-19, many questions remain unanswered about the future of higher education.

One that we can start to answer to is how universities can ensure that students are “work ready” – or rather “career capable” – and how they can develop their employability through virtual experiences.

The pandemic has meant that almost all universities have been forced to shift to virtual learning. But many were unprepared to maximise the potential for delivering experiential learning online.

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From digital industry projects to virtual internships, there are plenty of options for enhancing employability online, but it is how students reflect upon and learn from their experiences that is important, as Dino Willox and Laura-Anne Bull explain
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From digital industry projects to virtual internships, there are plenty of options for enhancing employability online, but it is how students reflect upon and learn from their experiences that is important, as Dino Willox and Laura-Anne Bull explain