Adapting teaching through a crisis: lessons from educational leadership staff in Higher Education
From Claire Sowton
Dr Serdar Abaci, Professor Judy Robertson, and Dr Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed, Centre for Research in Digital Education.
The coronavirus pandemic resulted in universities rapidly changing how courses are delivered. Many traditionally on-campus courses have been adapted to be taught online, or in a hybrid manner with a mix of online and on-campus classes. This rapid shift in pedagogy and delivery mode has disrupted long-standing patterns of teaching and learning in Higher Education and has also presented a unique challenge for university staff with leadership roles.
This project uses the University of Edinburgh as a case study, to understand how staff with educational leadership roles at the university have handled the challenge of adapting their own teaching and that of their staff, making key decisions about how to implement aspects of hybrid teaching, and how lessons from their experiences of the pandemic period can guide future decision-making.
Dr Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Digital Education. Her research focuses on conceptual learning and cognitive development around STEM subjects. She is interested in children’s experiences of emerging technology, multimodal learning, and widening access to STEM education.
Dr Serdar Abaci is a Lecturer in Data and Digital Literacies at the Moray House School of Education and Sport. He is part of the Data Education in Schools project and an affiliate of the Centre for Research in Digital Education. His research spans across data and digital literacies, online learning, feedback, and educational technologies. Email: Serdar.Abaci@ed.ac.uk
Professor Judy Robertson is Chair in Digital Learning. She has been developing educational technology with children and teachers since 1997. She is a Senior Member of the ACM, and a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She is interested in computer science education, serious games for children and gender equality. Her work focuses on how technology can help to solve thorny real world problems. Email: Judy.Robertson@ed.ac.uk
Reading recommendations (from the discussion)
What is Hybrid Teaching? (ed.ac.uk) Sian Bayne
Some prototypes for hybrid teaching Sian Bayne
Matthew Thomas & John R. Bryson (2021) Combining proximate with online learning in real-time: ambidextrous teaching and pathways towards inclusion during COVID-19 restrictions and beyond, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 45:3, 446-464, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2021.1900085