The Centre for Academic Development invites staff to undertake our new, micro-credential short course, which is designed to facilitate the exchange of effective online teaching practice and ideas ahead of the new academic year. Sessions will be delivered by teaching staff from across the University, in a supportive and collaborative environment. Topics covered in the four, 1-hour sessions have emerged from the recent University Staff Survey on Blended Learning. Topics include interactivity in online synchronous learning, online assessments, the flipped classroom, and academic integrity. Successful participation in all four topics will gain staff a digital certificate of completion. All sessions will be delivered online in August and repeated in September 2021.  

August 2021 Course Dates

Topic 1: An Exchange of Good Practice for Effective Online Course Coordination

Tuesday 10 August 2021 11.00-12.00     Register your place     

This interactive session will look at how course coordinators can ensure that their courses are organised and run smoothly. With a potential move to online and on-campus study scheduled for 2021-22, this hour-long session will look at how staff can support each other with planning, managing, and evaluating hybrid courses.

Facilitator: Dr Aaron Thom, Educational Developer, Centre for Academic Development 


Topic 2: Increasing Awareness of Academic Integrity in Assessments: A Practical Approach

Tuesday 17 August 2021 11.00-12.00     Register your place

This interactive session will explore the use of assessment and teaching strategies, to help minimise incidences of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, collusion, and contract cheating. In the session, we will discuss how we can engender a culture of academic integrity in our student population, and how the use of assessment design can help to reduce the risk of academic dishonesty.

Facilitators: Dr Joy Perkins, Educational Developer, Centre for Academic Development and Dr Mary Pryor, Senior Academic Skills Adviser, Centre for Academic Development


Topic 3: Flipping the Online Classroom: Encouraging Interactivity

Monday 23 August 2021 11.00-12.00     Register your place

You might have heard of ‘the flipped classroom’ before Covid forced us to change how we teach and interact with students. The flipped model – self-directed learning followed by instructor-led group learning – can work well for hybrid and online teaching. This might sound like ‘watch my Panopto recording then come to the online tutorial’ and in simple terms it is. The challenge, as we all know, is making it work in practice. This workshop will give an outline of how you can plan your teaching and offer tips on how to engage with students in synchronous (online and on campus) sessions.

Facilitator: Dr Peter Henderson, Senior Lecturer (Scholarship), Chemistry 


Topic 4: Enhancing Social Presence in Online Learning Communities

Monday 30 August 2021 11.00-12.00     Register your place

Social presence is often assumed to arise naturally out of a teaching setting, without the need for much educator involvement. Instead, we tend to focus mostly on enhancing students’ cognitive presence. While in a face-to-face classroom this may be appropriate, in an online setting the exclusive focus on cognitive presence can lead to awkward situations like silent breakout rooms, or nobody asking questions. This final interactive session of the course will demonstrate the difference between Social, Cognitive and Teaching Presence and will show how Social Presence is the ‘lubricant’ for the other two. The session will be packed with suggestions for what you can do to enhance social presence for yourself and your students. 

Facilitator: Dr Mirjam Brady, Lecturer (Scholarship), School of Psychology 

 


 

September 2021 Course Dates

Topic 1: An Exchange of Good Practice for Effective Online Course Coordination

Tuesday 7 September 2021  11.00-12.00     Register your place

This interactive session will look at how course coordinators can ensure that their courses are organised and run smoothly. With a potential move to online and on-campus study scheduled for 2021-22, this hour-long session will look at how staff can support each other with planning, managing, and evaluating hybrid courses.

Facilitator: Dr Aaron Thom, Educational Developer, Centre for Academic Development 


Topic 2: Increasing Awareness of Academic Integrity in Assessments: A Practical Approach

Tuesday 14 September 2021   11.00-12.00     Register your place

This interactive session will explore the use of assessment and teaching strategies, to help minimise incidences of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, collusion, and contract cheating. In the session, we will discuss how we can engender a culture of academic integrity in our student population, and how the use of assessment design can help to reduce the risk of academic dishonesty.

Facilitators: Dr Joy Perkins, Educational Developer, Centre for Academic Development and Dr Mary Pryor, Senior Academic Skills Adviser, Centre for Academic Development


Topic 3: Flipping the Online Classroom: Encouraging Interactivity

Tuesday 21 September 2021   11.00-12.00     Register your place

You might have heard of ‘the flipped classroom’ before Covid forced us to change how we teach and interact with students. The flipped model – self-directed learning followed by instructor-led group learning – can work well for hybrid and online teaching. This might sound like ‘watch my Panopto recording then come to the online tutorial’ and in simple terms it is. The challenge, as we all know, is making it work in practice. This workshop will give an outline of how you can plan your teaching and offer tips on how to engage with students in synchronous (online and on campus) sessions.

Facilitator: Dr Peter Henderson, Senior Lecturer (Scholarship), Chemistry 


Topic 4: Enhancing Social Presence in Online Learning Communities

Tuesday 28 September 2021   11.00-12.00     Register your place

Social presence is often assumed to arise naturally out of a teaching setting, without the need for much educator involvement. Instead, we tend to focus mostly on enhancing students’ cognitive presence. While in a face-to-face classroom this may be appropriate, in an online setting the exclusive focus on cognitive presence can lead to awkward situations like silent breakout rooms, or nobody asking questions. This final interactive session of the course will demonstrate the difference between Social, Cognitive and Teaching Presence and will show how Social Presence is the ‘lubricant’ for the other two. The session will be packed with suggestions for what you can do to enhance social presence for yourself and your students. 

Facilitator: Dr Mirjam Brady, Lecturer (Scholarship), School of Psychology