Remote learning – Putting staff and students first

As the new academic year for universities and colleges gets underway, there are increasing levels of uncertainty regarding a return to some kind of ‘normal’ and what that might look like. We are working collaboratively with our partners to offer support and guidance so that they can provide both staff and students the very best educational experience.  Putting people at the heart of our work, we consider how remote learning impacts on the individual and offer a trained lens on well-being of everyone involved.

  1. Pedagogy

One of the great challenges of digital learning is that people may feel detached and isolated. The reality that we face is that no matter how engaging the pedagogue, if the infrastructure of the learning tool is limiting, then students will inevitably get bored and switch off. When considering a virtual learning experience, we must consider how to deliver interactivity without limits:

  • How do I deliver quality content online?
  • What tools are available for my students to engage with?
  • How will students receive a personalised learning experience?
  • How can I provide regular access to speak with subject matter experts?
  • Will all content be delivered through a live stream? If so, will content be available to access later?
  • What training and support will be offered to staff and students to fully utilise your platform offering?

2. Well-being

The start of any new academic year can often be daunting. Add in a level of change and uncertainty and the psychological impact is profound and must not be underestimated or overlooked. This is true for both students starting a new course but also staff returning to their jobs in a totally new environment.   When putting the well-being of your students and staff first, here are some things to consider:

  • What services are offered to support emotional wellbeing?
  • What is in place to ensure that compassion, understanding, and empathy are provided to everyone?
  • What opportunities are there for staff and students to collaborate?
  • Are there learning opportunities provided that can reduce screen time?
  • What opportunities will there be for staff and students be able to participate in social events?

If any of the above resonates, please do contact us.

We know that the changes which were mandated by the onset of Coronavirus have had a profound impact on education and related institutions. These institutions are just coming to grips with these challenges, recognising the beneficial opportunities that blended learning approaches and smarter working strategies can offer.

In preparation for the new ‘normal’ we have put together a survey which, upon completion, will highlight an overall picture of the current state of the majority of universities and further education providers. When you complete the survey we will provide you with an institution specific perspective, as well as offer helpful advice based on your own unique circumstances.

If you would like assistance with any of the above, please fill in the survey. Contact us directly to hear more about our digital service that delivers increased organisational agility, operational efficiency and digital capability while maintaining the high levels of compliance and quality that is demanded of modern digital and technology service providers. Our well-being impact assessment and tailored plan helps to keep students and staff engaged, connected and healthy when working remotely.

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