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Co-collaboration with students to develop professional literacy in a co-curricular context

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Working together with students, we organised co-curricular activities to enhance professional competencies and equip our students with the skills to stand out in the job market upon graduation. In the process we also built a strong sense of community.   What did you do, why did you do it? Multiple co-curricular activities (those that run parallel...

Using Flipgrid video to get students talking asynchronously

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Short Flipgrid videos from students are used to encourage participation and communication in an enjoyable and convenient way. Using a link or join code, students are able to upload videos easily and interact with other students’ contributions.   What did you do? Why did you do it?  To maintain a communicative approach to teaching in the Language Centre despite being online, we used Flipgrid to...

Relating and being authentic in online learning

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This initiative was for students at Masters level studying counselling and psychotherapy. Developing self and intersubjective awareness through digital learning is a very different proposition as there are many psychological differences in how we exist and interact online. This initiative offered an introduction to these issues from an expert and discussion space at the start of the programme.   What...

Developing a module reflecting on COVID-19 and society

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This example describes the design of an interdisciplinary module for second and third-year students in response to the social changes brought about by the pandemic. The module is accessible to students in Politics and International studies, Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Law. The online education approach adopted We have produced an interdisciplinary...

Offering support in troubled times

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This example describes how we can stay in touch and keep our staff-student community alive and vibrant online. It summarises how we have offered support to our final year undergraduate students during and beyond lockdown and graduation. The online education approach adopted: During the spring 2020 lockdown, I maintained frequent contact with students via email...

Maintaining group cohesion and friendships during on-line learning

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Distance or hybrid learning can create a lack of group cohesion and a feeling of isolation in some learners. Here is one way we tried to overcome these issues in block taught apprenticeship programmes. What did you do? Why did you do it? At the start of each taught block, a Teams ‘Welcome Back’ meeting...