Higher education blog

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  • Engaging students online

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    In a recent BBC Radio 4 programme on this year’s university experience, one student caller complained that there was not enough contact in his new ‘blended’ course. But, the interviewer countered, the (leading) university in question told us they have been communicating a great deal. Yes, they have, the student replied, but this was, ‘just lots of emails with links to videos’.

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  • Teaching online: Driven to distraction?

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    I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to work with a wide range of institutions amid the shift to online learning, most recently by supporting academics who have had some experience of online teaching as a result of the pandemic.

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  • Do you have presence online?

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    Universities were thrust into an emergency online response at the start of lockdown, and some students were underwhelmed with the amount of tutor face time.

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  • Creating a sense of community online

    Creating a sense of community online

    To use the cliched term, these are unprecedented times, and students may be wondering if a new term at university will be a lonely online prospect. Undergraduates who were looking forward to their university experience as much a social rite of passage as a route to a career may be feeling shortchanged.  

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