Best of Blends: Building Resilient Learning Communities During Our University's Covid-19 Response, Thursday 29 April 2021
This year’s online Symposium took place on Thursday 29 April 2021 via MS Teams, with an opening keynote speech entitled 'Leading Enhancement in challenging times: creating outcomes of value' from Professor Ruth Taylor, Vice-Principal (Education), University of Aberdeen and Professor Clare Peddie, Vice-Principal Education (Proctor), University of St Andrews. Professor Taylor is the Deputy Leader and Professor Peddie is the Theme Leader of QAA Scotland’s new Enhancement Theme ‘Resilient Learning Communities'.
The keynote was followed by Discussion Panels to share and explore blended learning experiences and future practice. The event concluded with congratulations to the Winner 2021 Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award - Dr Graeme Nixon, School of Education and the Commendation Award to Patrick George Ashcroft School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Dr Cheryl Dowie, Business School and Dr Amy Irwin, School of Psychology. Their cases studies can be found on the Principal's of Teaching Excellence Award webpages.
Please watch the final session recording (10 mins).
During the Symposium a range of posters were displayed to showcase pedagogical research and teaching practice from across the University. Posters aligned with the current, QAA Scotland Enhancement Theme, Resilient Learning Communities, to help illustrate ways in which the University of Aberdeen is addressing the Theme. As part of the programme these posters were available for delegates to view and discuss with their author(s). Professor Taylor presented the prize of best judged poster to Dr Martin Barker, 'Thriving in an online learning environment – tips from students'. The highly commended poster prize was awarded to Dr John Barrow & Tracey Innes, 'The Aberdeen Employability Boost Award: Engaging students with employability and career development skills in an online world'. Complete collection of the posters
Thriving in an online learning environment – tips from students
Author: Dr Martin Barker, School of Biological Sciences