The student voice on Active Blended Learning – an ELESIG Webinar on March 11th 2021

Dear colleagues,  I wish to alert the Learning @ City readership that ELESIG is back in action from March 2021 and we are launching with a new webinar series for 2021. Our first event of 2021 is booking up fast ( and please keep trying if it says full –  as we are expanding the capacity!).

Join ELESIG members Virginia, Alessandro and Rob as they share their findings on this very current and important topic.

Sandra Partington, London Lead for the ELESIG


ELESIG Webinar – The student voice on Active Blended Learning – Thursday March 11th 1pm

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What is it about: The session focuses on university students’ perceptions of their learning and social experiences in the context of an institution-wide pedagogic shift to Active Blended Learning (ABL).

What will it cover: This presentation will address 3 key categories emerging  from the research (1) learning experiences, (2) social experiences and (3) support provision.

Of interest to: those involved in supporting students, the development of student policies, Learning Technologist, Learning Designers, Students, and Academics

Presenter Profiles:

Virginia Teixeira Antunes is an independent consultant in Education, also working in Adult Learning. She has experience as a researcher at the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Northampton, conducting research focused on learning and teaching practices, assessment and institutional change processes. She has a MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology and a MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology, and has worked on research for several institutions both in the UK and Portugal. She is available to contact on LinkedIn:

Alejandro (Ale) Armellini is Professor and Dean of Digital and Distributed Learning at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. His key role is to provide leadership in digital learning and learning innovation, including on-campus and distance provision, across all Faculties. Before joining Portsmouth, Ale was Dean of Learning and Teaching at the University of Northampton, where he was the strategic lead for the redesign of all programmes for active blended learning. Ale is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Ale’s research and doctoral supervision focus on learning innovation, blended and online pedagogy, institutional capacity building and open practices. He holds visiting professorships at several UK and overseas universities.

Rob is Head of Learning Technology at The University of Northampton. Accepted to CMALT and IADIS in 2007. Awarded University teaching fellowship in 2008. Achieved Senior Fellowship of the HEA in 2014. Has led four national projects (HEA BITE; HEA TIGER; JISC e4L and ELESIG – Midlands) in addition to local manager for the TLTP TALENT project and several internally funded projects.  He is available to contact on twitter (@rjhowe) and also on LinkedIn (

ELESIG, Evaluations of Learners’ Experiences of e–Learning Special Interest Group

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One thought on “The student voice on Active Blended Learning – an ELESIG Webinar on March 11th 2021

  1. So nice to see ELESIG back in the webinar world as before. Also great to hear from Rob and Tunde and the other colleagues. It would be helpful to see a summary of their recommendations.

    Not surprisingly the research study found that there was a blurring of synchronous and asynchronous interaction and that digital tools enabled this to happen organically. There was also a sense that students were asking for greater interaction with their peers, tutors, and other contacts within and beyond the classroom. The old adage of treating our students as partners continues…

    Hopefully you will see a summary and recording of the slides so watch this space!

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