Earlier this year, educators got an insight into remote and online learning as lockdown forced institutions online and required tutors to replace their normal face-to-face teaching model. Effective online teaching and learning requires advance planning, flexibility, accessibility, and engagement from all aspects of your learning and course design. To help you to navigate and further develop your online and hybrid learning offer, one of our software partners – Blackboard – has compiled a list of online learning best practices and other helpful online learning resources.

Webinars and Conferences

Blackboard have prepared a range of different webinars and conferences to provide information on this new mode of teaching. Whether you are new to teaching online or you are looking to make improvements to your current online module, there are a number of webinars ranging from basic topics to advanced.

  1. Instructor Preparedness Webinars: This is a series of free webinars designed for tutors and instructors who are getting started with Blackboard. Key sessions include:
    • Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate
    • Guide to Building Mobile Content (Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Ultra)
  2. Digital Teaching Symposium: This is a free live event taking place on 5th November, giving academics a chance to highlight what is working – and what is not – in their digital teaching practice. You can register by clicking on the link and filling in your details. You will be given the opportunity to ask questions, hear stories from other academics and also network with others to share ideas. Key sessions include:
    • Fostering Student Engagement in Your Remote Course
    • Digital Feedback: Crafting Effective Formative Feedback to Reach All Learners

As always, we’re here to help you understand and support you to implement all your digital learning plans. You can reach us at elearning@tees.ac.uk to ask any questions or to book a time for a longer ‘live’ chat with us (facilitated through MS Teams).

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