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The CEP Beginner’s Guide to Online Teaching

  

  

Top Tips to Get You Started

1.  First, don’t panic: you are not alone.  We are all in this together, staff and students alike.  These are very unusual circumstances and all we can do is our best.  No-one expects anyone to be an IT whizz or to be able to redesign their curriculum overnight.  We in the CEP are learning the ropes alongside you.  We are collating things that we think could be useful, and have included them here.  We certainly do not mean for you to read everything below.  You are likely to find other resources or supports yourself.  If you do, please let us know and we can include them here.

2.  Get a University of Edinburgh Username (UUN).  You need this to access the UoE platforms, and the resources available to you through the UoE’s Information Services (IS) and Institute for Academic Development (IAD) teams.   If you do not have a UUN, contact your Module Organiser or complete the online Access Request Form.

3.  Information Services (IS) have ‘Teaching Continuity Preparation’webpages.  These have general information to help staff move quickly into teaching online: https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/learning-technology/more/teaching-continuity

4.  Information Services (IS) have ‘Training for Remote Teaching’ sessions.  You need a UUN to access these.  They are free.  Sessions on ‘Learn’ (the Virtual Learning Environment), ‘Blackboard Collaborate’ (tool for giving online lectures) and ‘Media Hopper’ (tool for making recordings) may be most useful for you in the first instance.  Sign up here:  https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/learning-technology/more/teaching-continuity/training

5.  Information Services (IS) can support you with Online Course Design.  You need a UUN to access these.  They are free.  There are 2 hour workshops and toolkits.  The information is here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/learning-technology/learning-design/abc/course-design-for-uncertain-times

6.  The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) are running a range of sessions to support staff.  You need a UUN to access these.  They are free.  Sessions currently on offer are:

a)  Practical Strategies’ series includes sessions about teaching online: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/cpd/workshops/practical

b)  ‘An Introduction to Online Teaching’: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/cpd/workshops/institute-events

7.  We in the CEP are running informal online support sessions, eg ‘Talking about Online Teaching’.  You do not need a UUN.  Sign-up is on TUBS.  The purpose of these is to provide a friendly ear to listen to your experiences, to support you and your colleagues with some common issues and to signpost you to what else is available to help.  The CEP tutors can also offer you basic one-to-one supports, (eg we can help you set up and run a Collaborate session).  Get in touch by email: cep@ed.ac.uk

Instructional videos about Collaborate

Title:  Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate: setting up the basics

Authors:  Lee I. 

Synopsis: Very short video (8 minutes) on Media Hopper that talks through how to set up a Collaborate session 

Good for: anyone who does not have a University of Edinburgh username, who wants to set up a Collaborate session and is completely new to this.

Reference: https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/Introduction+to+Blackboard+CollaborateA+setting+up+the+basics/1_u2uxbil9 

Title:  Blackboard Collaborate: set up and basic functionality

Authors:  Lyszkiewicz, K. 

Synopsis: Short video on Media Hopper (16 minutes) that talks through how to set up a Collaborate session and some of its basic functions

Good for: anyone with a University of Edinburgh username who wants to set up a Collaborate session. 

Reference: https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/Blackboard+Collaborate+-+setup+and+basic+functionality/1_0nirjqlc/155748581

Title:  Blackboard Collaborate: advanced features 

Authors:  Lyszkiewicz, K. 

Synopsis: Short video on Media Hopper (11 minutes) that talks through how to use some of Collaborate’s more advanced functions 

Good for: anyone with a University of Edinburgh username who wants to use all the features that Collaborate offers

Reference: https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/Blackboard+Collaborate+-+advanced+features/1_r6tl5d7y

Title:  Collaborate Instructors’ Guide 

Authors:  Farquharson, W.

Synopsis: Short video on Media Hopper (4 minutes) that talks through how to use both the basic and advanced functions on Collaborate 

Good for: anyone with a University of Edinburgh username who wants to use all the features that Collaborate offers

Reference: https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/1_pc0qjib3

Articles

Title: Experiences of staff new to teaching postgraduate students online: implications for academic staff development.

Authors: Aitken, G. and Loads, D.

Synopsis: Offers insights into the expectations and requirements of online teachers, (and what is not expected), which may well differ from your initial impressions.

Good for: the experienced educator new to online teaching or those who oversee educational programmes, as well as those who teach online

Reference: Aitken, G. and Loads, D. (2019): Experiences of staff new to teaching postgraduate students online: implications for academic staff development. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. Vol 7. Issue 1. pp. 37-46 https://jpaap.napier.ac.uk/index.php/JPAAP/article/view/361/533

 

Title:  Challenging assumptions about ‘moving online’ in response to COVID-19, and some practical advice 

Authors:  Fawns, T., Jones, D and Aitken, G.

Synopsis: The authors challenge the assumption that ‘online’ teaching is different from ‘on campus’ teaching.  They argue that good teaching is good teaching, and therefore that the same principles underlie both online and face-to-face teaching.

Good for: anyone involved in online teaching, new or experienced. Especially good for those who want to think about why they are doing what they are doing, and what teaching means to them. 

Reference: Fawns, T, Jones, D. and Aitken, G. (2020): Challenging assumptions about ‘moving online’ in response to COVID-19, and some practical advice. MedEd Publish, 30 April 2020 http://www.mededpublish.org/manuscripts/3064

Title:  Online Learning as Embodied, Socially Meaningful Experience

Authors:  Fawns, T., Jones, D and Aitken, G.

Synopsis: The authors argue that all teaching, whether online or face-to-face, is fundamentally about establishing meaningful relationships and building a learning community.

Good for: anyone involved in online teaching, new or experienced.  Especially good for those who want to think about why they are doing what they are doing, and what teaching means to them.

Reference: Fawns, T, Jones, D. and Aitken, G. (2019): Online Learning as Embodied, Socially Meaningful Experience.  Postdigital Science and Education Volume 1 293-297 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42438-019-00048-9 

Webinars, conversations and talks

Title:  Everything you wanted to ask about moving to online teaching but didn’t want to ask.

Authors: Gill Aitken, Tim Fawns and Derek Jones, (ie the Masters in Clinical Education team here in the Edinburgh Medical School). 

Synopsis: 60 minute webinar recorded in April 2020 for The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).  The team chat about their personal ‘top tips’ for online teaching.

Good for: anyone involved in online teaching, whether new or experienced.

Link: https://www.asme.org.uk/pgtp#pgtp-events 

Title: Fast e-learning switch.

Author: Virna Rossi, (educational developed at Ravensbourne University, London). 

Synposis: 14 x 5 minute videos recorded throughout March 2020 which describe, in a very practical manner, what it can be helpful to think about when planning ‘e-learning’. 

Good for: anyone involved in teaching online who is looking for inspiration and practical ideas.

Link: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6967044 

Title: A Menu of Practical Lesson Activities in E-Learning Mode. 

Authors: Virna Rossi, (Ravensbourne University, London), with a panel of educational experts.

Synopsis: 3 x 30 minute videos recorded in April and May 2020.  30 minutes is devoted to each of “Lesson Starters”, “Main Activities” and “Lesson Closures”, with practical suggestions for each. 

Good for: anyone involved in teaching online who is looking for inspiration and practical ideas. 

Link: http://inclusivelearningdesign.com/webinars/ 

Title: Pastoral support, the lowering of expectations, and community online. 

Authors: Tim Fawns (UoE MSc Clinical Education team) and Michael Gallacher (UoE MSc Digital Education team)

Synopsis: Tim and Michael have a conversation about the very sudden transition into online teaching that has come with the COVID lockdown and how students and teachers are in it together. 

Good for: anyone involved in online teaching, new or experienced.  Especially good for those who want to think about the bigger picture of teaching during COVID and who wish to take a moment to reflect on what this means for both teachers and learners alike. 

Link: https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/MM+Podcast+13A+Pastoral+support%2C+the+lowering+of+expectations%2C+and+community+online/1_t24ytq7m/134395031 

Websites and blogs 

Title: Focus On: Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

Author: Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Scotland (part of the UK’s QAA for Higher Education) 

Synopsis: Excellent website that collates a diverse range of helpful resources to address ‘enhancement themes’ such as TEL.

Good for: anyone involved in teaching online, new and experienced, who wants ideas for a range of issues, eg how to teach online, develop strategies, engage and include all students, and more. 

Link: https://www.qaa.ac.uk/scotland/en/focus-on/technology-enhanced-learning

Title: Teaching Matters

Authors: various (University of Edinburgh staff and students).

Synopsis: University of Edinburgh’s website with blogs and podcasts for debate about learning and teaching and sharing ideas.  Within the website, there is a theme of ‘Digital Education’.

Good for: anyone involved in teaching online, new and experienced.  Try contributing yourself!

Links to website:

‘Teaching Matters’ https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/ 

‘Digital Education and Online Learning’ theme: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/category/theme/digital-education-and-online-learning/.

‘Spotlight on Remote Teaching: Ten Top Tips for Teaching Online’ blog: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/spotlight-on-remote-teaching-top-ten-tips-for-teaching-online/

‘Teaching Online in Unusual Times’ blog: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/spotlight-on-remote-teaching-teaching-online-in-unusual-times/

‘Coping with the Change to Online Learning’ blog: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/spotlight-on-remote-teaching-coping-with-the-change-to-online-learning/ 

‘Staff New to Online Teaching’ blog: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/spotlight-on-remote-teaching-staff-new-to-online-teaching/

‘Building Online Academic Communities’ blohttps://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/building-online-academic-communities/

Title:  Your Content is Online, What’s Next?

Author: Dawn Marie Gilmore

Synopsis: Blog on LinkedIn.  Starts off basic, but gives good tips on engaging with students online. 

Good for: anyone involved in teaching online, new and experienced.

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tip-1-your-content-online-whats-next-how-interact-gilmore-ph-d-