Ang Davies

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Ang Davies is a Professor of Clinical Bioinformatics and Healthcare Science Education at The University of Manchester with experience of developing and leading programmes in these areas

Location The University of Manchester

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  • @DrSumanTari you might find this a useful conference to join to keep up to speed with technologies and learning design: https://altc.alt.ac.uk/2020/

  • @titilayoogunwolu if safeguarding allows you could ask your students to send in a recording of themselves explaining what they have been learning about

  • @RosWoodhouse if you are using a virtual learning environment most allow you to create small groups - eg BB collaborate - also you could use the breakout room function of zoom ? The key will be to manage expectations - clear guidelines out lining the task you've set - also if you will be popping into the group and when they should be attending. - You also need...

  • @SilvinaAltamirano theres always a balance with this one - maybe define thse sessions where its important and those where its not so critical - also maybe if there's capacity you can do some short check-ins with individuals or smaller groups to see how they're doing with the camera on. I know I've started turning my own camera off quite a bit - too exhausting...

  • @AhmadJawadOsmani it depends whether you would like them to be formative or summative - if formative you could include interactive quizzes in your materials - tools like Nearpod help to do this.

  • @FionaCampbell In our experience the students tend to pick their own medium for this - a big question you need to ask yourself is do you want to be part of this chat or is it to encourage the development or a network amongst them? Options that have worked well for my students are slack and whatsapp (but we have not participated in them).You may choose to use...

  • @PrimroseManyozo this is a difficult problem in our current world - I do know if you have other ways to engage with them eg making printed versions of materials available or even some audio content. It might be worht having some conversations regarding what exactly they dislike - perhaps they need a bigger range of types of activity - even for our University...

  • @ShahinaP @rajeshkumarA it depends on your age group but you could consider having class reps that you convene is some kind of forum - this has worked well for us you just not be clear that you're looking for what's worked both well and not so well!!

  • @RachelJones really good point - making choices now that will enhance your teaching post-COVID will be time well spent

  • @AngielynDianeA.Rivas you could also consider using tools like slack or getting them to co-create something such as a wiki about something you want them to research, or record a short reflective presentation on something you want them to look into - then use this to scaffold your next session so you are showing them that you're reaction to what they've...

  • @FrancescaSeminara platforms are important but really first think about what you want to achieve and what you want your students to get out of the experience and work back from there - it might be that actually quite a simple tech solution will be appropriate. The key thing is take your students along with you - make sure they are invested in the choices that you make.

  • likewise @DianaLaurillard we've found out typically more introverted sets of students actually become very vocal in discussions - one thing we did was to include participation in the discussion boards as part of our assessment strategy in our units and give them a really clear rubric on how we'll be expecting them to be contributing eg building on other...

  • @MohammedYassinMohammedAbasha'ar we've transitioned to online teaching for our large computer science teaching for group work - with 70 students - using our virtual learning environement - we split them into small groupsand all students are in present mofe ad they can use vodeo chat and share there screens and tutors drop into those meetings at pre-defined...

  • @JessicaD.Villanueva-Peyraube you could also consider asking a colleague to join one of your sessions online so you get some peer-to-peer feedback too?

  • @HannahTyreman thanks for sharing - personally as a parent of three and educator - it is an insightful experience to see how schools are approaching things - time is very pressured in our house with two full-time working at home parents, but I know my own children just value that you are taking an interest in what they plan to do and then what they have done...

  • @ZosimaDamasco not sure of the age of your students - but there's a great opportunity for co-creation here - involve the students in the choices that you are making and they are more likely to engage with the learning experience that you produce

  • Completely agree @LauraGiles its an opportunity for thinking about how we structure our education differently - people might find the ABC toolkit useful to help them in the design process: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/case-studies/2018/jun/designing-programmes-and-modules-abc-curriculum-design - we've followed the story-boarding approach and its...

  • For anyone needing to teach programming or statistics you might find this article useful by my colleague Fran Hooley on how we've used Jupyter notebooks, GitHub and slack to deliver an immersive online course unit: https://medium.com/i3hs-hub/embedding-skills-for-a-new-profession-by-teaching-programming-in-an-immersive-and-authentic-ade0122108fe

  • @SugeyPaucar I've just found this website from the UK government which relates to supporting children with special educational needs and looks to have a lot of suggested resources: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

  • @GillySalmon as you say lots to cover here - a colleague found this paper this week - its written with higher education in mind but I think they discuss a lot that is common to all education https://psyarxiv.com/qdh25
    also this guide is very helpful - though they use Moodle but most of their guiding principles will translate to any platform:...

  • @ManjimaManilal perhaps you could think about ways the students can submit their assignments back to you and set some clear expectations? Speaking as a busy home-working parent I know just making sure my kids are doing home-learning is a big task so also doing the marking too would be too much! Good luck

  • @Sarah-JaneCorr Thats sounds great - again I know in our house the children are really missing the feedback loop - they're diligent but they need some reinforcement that what they are doing or focusing on is right

  • our teachers have been uploading recordings of them reading a story to dojo but I suspect it will only taken quite small recordings as there were a lot of them - but again enjoyed in our house!

  • @LynnS I think interactive online activities are also useful as many parents will not have access to printers during this time - I know in our house squeebles is popular for timetables!

  • @RamanaKoppula for building your own quiz you could look at dropping some slides into Nearpod (free access) and you can add quizzes and polls and even get students to draw pictures and it can be used synchronously or asycrhonously: https://nearpod.com/coronavirus

  • @NinoBaluashvili - I like you're support option via messenger first - this is a really good idea to make sure everyone has the tech set-up. Test lesson will be important too as there will undoubtedly be issues with audio and also let them know your rules of engagement (eg when to mute/unmute!) I believe you can re-set another meeting - also if this is an...

  • @JulieLong great idea - it'd be interesting to know the size of the groups you're teaching - but certainly this approach has worked well for groups of up to 70 in our university - some things to think about are setting expectations eg how long they should be online for and when you will pop into their group.

  • @JanetAndreaSalvatierra looks like an interesting solution certainly they're good for making presentations too - is it free for creating video content?

  • @AnneD - great idea always good to include some reflect practice for your students and at this time it will also help you to quickly assess what is working well for them

  • @NataliKemeTummala you can also record on zoom if you have the permission of everyone involved - its a useful feature and then you can post the recording on your Virtual learning environment so they can catch up at a later date these videos by Russell Stannard have some great tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JPtzacTACI

  • @JenniKuroski attendence is a hard one but then in face to face not everyone will attend so perhaps don't take this too hard. If you're recording them they might access them at a later date. Making attendance to online seminars mandatory is very challenging given the breadth of difficulties that students will be faced with - especially if any are international...

  • @MarieliGdelaTorreMooney completely agree - we need to be agile in our approaches and listen to our students - where you can involve them and co-create their learning journey

  • @KarenHudson sounds like you've done really well given the difficult circumstances for many of your students (mine are also all in healthcare so I appreciate your difficulties). I think you make a good point regarding reinforcement and giving the students confidence in their learning journey by providing the quizzes and questions (our students often ask us for...

  • @FarheenNaz not sure of your age-group but could you set them up in small groups - so they can do peer-to-peer support and also learn and share with each other (this might also release some of the pressure form you too?)

  • @AileenLebrocquy sounds like you set yourself a high bar - maybe consider the first session as literally a walk-through of the tech you're expecting them to use - for many this is more dauting than the learning itself, and consider producing a how to on the tech you're expecting them to use (common pitfalls such as lack of sound/video/how to share screen -...

  • @AbbyDuPlessis I think you're going in the right direction keeping those contact points regular and letting the students know when you're available is really critical during rapid transition such as this. As a parent of a 3rd grade aged child I am sure you are right and the kids are often more technically competent than a lot of their parents - so perhaps keep...

  • @AgnesAnderson I think this is a really good point that for some students guidance on how long they should be spending on online learning can be really valuable, otherwise again without the regular check-ins of face to face teaching anxiety can build up

  • @JillP I think this will really change students' expectations from what they expect from online learning in the future but also how we will deliver our programmes

  • @KateCowin depending on the age of your students you can also be creative and do some co-creation - how would your students like the interaction/feedback loop to work with you?

  • @BeckyVignoles It is a great idea to write a more generalised feedback post that you can send to all students of common miscomprehensions/areas for improvement - otherwise with larger numbers personalised feedback can become unwieldy - in these challenging times we need to come up creative economical solutions

  • @MichaelDolan if you use the advanced setting in Zoom you can ensure each meeting has a unique ID and also a password and add more restrictions, we've used GotoMeetings for a live webinar (but a license is required)