Welcome to our brand new blog at City, University of London, where we are focussed on ISLA, a new acronym for Inclusive Synchronous Learning Activities. ISLA is our term for hybrid, blended, multimodal, hyflex, or dual mode delivery, to name a few common terms for teaching live to an online audience as well as to those in class.

Many institutions have created these types of space since the start of the pandemic and are planning for the future.  [1] It should be stated here that ISLA, Inclusive Synchronous Learning Activities, is seen as one model for teaching that would form part of the overall learning and teaching strategy of the university. It should not become mandatory nor is it suitable for all courses and general practice. However, a model developed for tactical reasons could become a future delivery model suitably supported pedagogically as well as technically.

The hybrid approach to synchronous teaching can require an intensive use of technology, which needs to be carefully designed and pedagogically supported. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced a shift to online learning that represents a once-in-a-century opportunity to re-design the curriculum particularly with active learning. Early designs of the hybrid methodology by institutions was complex, largely through reactive and tactical reasons. Without thoughtful planning there are significant implications for the student experience, especially in compromising an inclusive learning experience.

This site is aimed at gathering case studies, sharing resources, hosting best practice examples, a forum for experiences and ultimately creating a community of practice.



[1] Kings College London, St. Andrews University, Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University of East London amongst many others in the UK.

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