Student comments at SSLC and the recent Pandemic Pedagogy Awards have helped us to identify effective practice in online teaching. Case studies are presented here to help share ideas and methods. In each case, the unit lead or award winner will explain what they did and why in their own words. The eLearning team has also identified the training resources that would best help you to follow similar principles in your own teaching.

Dr. Katie Twomey, HCDI30531

HCDI30531 boasts a redesigned course structure for the move to online teaching, making it simpler for students to find information and keep track of their learning journey. Extensive interactivity with students has also been built in.

Dr. Ben Chapman, BIOL21221

BIOL21221 makes use of pre-recorded lectures and interactive weekly workshops for the move to online teaching. Engagement is actively encouraged and Ben shares his tips on how to make the most of online workshops.

Dr. Paula Whittaker, MPH Dissertations

The Masters of Public Health programme has operated for many years with a standard unit + dissertation model. Paula recently consulted the students about possible alternative pathways to completion, using a simple set of tools to gather information about the students’ needs and wants for their programme.

Dr. Andrew Stewart, Statistics Resources

Faced with the need to provide common teaching materials across several units, Andrew Stewart devised a method of ensuring the content is easily reproducible and editable using open source tools.

Dr. Sean Pert, HCDI20100, 20321 & 30321

Dr Sean Pert teaches students how to transcribe speech to accurately reflect the sounds made using the International Phonetic Alphabet. His approach to teaching this at a distance involves a combination of hardware and software to achieve an effective result. This approach is applicable more broadly to any interaction requiring the sharing of written/drawn work with learners.

Dr. Kathi Edkins, PHAR40101 & 41111

The move to online teaching presented Kathi with the opportunity to involve external partners from industry more easily than would be the case in person. A suite of interactive resources was created as the backbone of this unit using a combination of systems with help from the eLearning team.

Dr. Eleni Deligianni, BDS & Oral Hygiene

With covid-restrictions making clinical experience difficult for her students, Dr. Deligianni and Dr. Ariyaratnam created a series of simulated clinical examinations via Zoom, using real case notes for information and acting as the patient.

Dr. Rachel Cowen, Academic Development Office (previously CARD)

Before the pandemic, the majority of CARD’s suite of training courses were delivered face-to-face.  Using an effective combination of technologies, CARD were able to move over 20 courses online as part of a blended approach to training academics and researchers in FBMH.  This has changed the way CARD (now known as the Academic Development Office) deliver professional development and the approach was so well received that they will continue to develop blended learning opportunities for all their programmes.

Dr. Christine Furber, Midwifery

For some years, Dr. Furber has led an interprofessional learning event for UG students, supported by colleagues across various healthcare disciplines within the Faculty, with a view to raising awareness of the skills required to work in a multi professional team. Historically a large on-campus event with 300+ students, the Covid pandemic necessitated a redefined, online process.