Category: Learning & Teaching

Introducing the Student Digital Community

Student Digital Community   Following the transition to online learning, City students shared they felt there was a lack of peer support and opportunities for them to integrate into the new university environment and form a solid community and culture. Hence, the Student Digital Community was introduced which is a Microsoft Teams channel managed jointly…Continue Reading Introducing the Student Digital Community

Motivation and the Design of Online Learning Platforms

This post is written by Jed Odermatt, Lecturer at City Law School who was studying the module EDM116: Technology Enabled Academic Practice last academic year as part of the MA in Academic Practice. Encouraged by his module tutors Jane Secker and Julie Voce, Jed agreed to write up his final project as a blog post,…Continue Reading Motivation and the Design of Online Learning Platforms

‘A coming together’: reflections from a Virtual Summer School on Human Rights and Business

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Are you looking to take teaching online further, having moved teaching activities online during the pandemic and experienced some of the possibilities that online learning holds? What if you could purposefully bring students from different parts of the world together for an immersive and highly engaging series of extra-curricular activities but without them having to…Continue Reading ‘A coming together’: reflections from a Virtual Summer School on Human Rights and Business

Blogging and leadership

Many of you know that Dom Pates and I run the LEaD Writing Group, which meets on Zoom once a month, and is primarily a community of practice to support City bloggers. We dedicated time to writing as well as showcase individuals who blog. Last week, we were delighted to be joined by two members…Continue Reading Blogging and leadership

Researching the challenges and opportunities of hybrid teaching

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This blog post was written by Jane Secker with Miranda Melcher and Rebecca Wells. It summarises the experience of undertaking a literature review on hybrid teaching to help inform the guidance that LEaD has developed for teaching staff.    When I heard that City were planning on investing in hybrid teaching, I admit to being skeptical about…Continue Reading Researching the challenges and opportunities of hybrid teaching

How shared docs enable flexibility and accessibility for teachers and learners

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The last year of online live teaching has generated myriad ideas for how to use new and existing technologies for educational purposes. Aside from assigning podcasts, one of my favourite methods of creating accessible learning resources for live sessions is using shared documents (ie OneDrive Word files or Google Docs), instead of slides and screensharing during live sessions.   My use of these documents was developed…Continue Reading How shared docs enable flexibility and accessibility for teachers and learners

LEaD Light Lunch is back with a session on the Student digital experience

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LEaD Light lunch sessions started back in autumn 2020, during lockdown, to create a space for academic and professional colleagues to share ideas on topics relating to digital technology and online teaching. The sessions ran throughout the academic year 20/21 and covered a wide range of topics from accessibility, strategies for effective online teaching, best…Continue Reading LEaD Light Lunch is back with a session on the Student digital experience

LEaD Writing Group dates for 2021/22

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Still writing The LEaD Writing Group is an informal community of practice that provides support around blogging specifically and writing more generally. The monthly sessions that Jane Secker and I run also provide a small but dedicated spot of writing time for those with busy calendars. Unbelievably, we are now about to start our sixth…Continue Reading LEaD Writing Group dates for 2021/22

Revisiting LEaD Light Lunch 20/21. Part 5. Preparing for 2021/22

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The academic year 2021/22 should prove to be a different one from 20/21 with more on campus activity. However, with the introduction of ISLA( Inclusive Synchronous Learning Activities) spaces at City for hybrid teaching, it is a fact that things won’t quite go back to what they were before the pandemic. Looking at some of…Continue Reading Revisiting LEaD Light Lunch 20/21. Part 5. Preparing for 2021/22

Revisiting LEaD Light Lunch 20/21. Making best use of breakout rooms by Stian Reimers

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This is the second part of a set of three resources, shared in a LEaD Light Lunch session on teaching online with Zoom, by Stian Reimers, Reader in Psychology (School of arts and social sciences): The Psychology BSc uses Zoom breakout rooms extensively to allow students to explore and discuss ideas in small groups, and…Continue Reading Revisiting LEaD Light Lunch 20/21. Making best use of breakout rooms by Stian Reimers