learning communities

Going beyond announcements: using news items to enrich students’ experience of a module

The news or announcements feed within an online learning environment can serve as a key strand in enhancing the dialogue between instructor and students throughout a module, increasing what we’ve explored in the past as a sense of “presence”. News posts can be used simply to remind students of upcoming events and assessments, though many of the colleagues we support […]

Student-generated and Student-led: Independent collaboration in Teams

The challenge Moving so abruptly to online teaching during the Covid-19 periods of lockdown certainly provided challenges for everyone working in education, from the redesign of learning materials to the navigation of new technologies for learning online.   I spoke to Sarah Khan, a Senior Lecturer within the Nottingham Institute for Languages and Intercultural Communication (NILIC), about the challenge of supporting […]

Taking the newsroom online: creating connected, authentic learning remotely

One of the key concerns for students studying practical courses in the past year is how they can continue to give their students the experiential, hands-on learning experience they would ordinarily get from coming to campus and using industry-standard equipment and processes, but with students now participating from their own homes (see Kolb, 2014 for more on experiential learning). This […]

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