By Oliver M J Vas, on 30 September 2022
The Digital Education team will offer a series of staff development sessions focusing on designing and teaching online courses. These sessions will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams and are available to all UCL staff and any postgraduate students with teaching responsibilities.
Designing live online classes
One of the main advantages of synchronous online learning is that it allows immediacy in teaching and learning. However, synchronous learning can be challenging for students who may lack access to fast internet connectivity, are situated in different time zones, or experience accessibility barriers. Hence, facilitating interaction in an online classroom must be intentionally planned and holistically arranged with asynchronous learning.
This 90-minute session provides practical guidance on how to design accessible live online classes, including the creation of learning activities to engage students throughout the session (from icebreakers to exit tickets), deciding which interaction channels to use, and effective mechanisms for moderation and time management.
To enrol via MyLearning, please visit the Designing live online classes booking page and select one of the following date:
- 25th October 2022 – 2:00-3:30pm
Designing video lectures
Video is a frequent medium for content in online courses. It can be used to complement and, occasionally, replace teaching methods that might take place in an on-campus context, but while video can offer a range of benefits it’s important to use it appropriately.
This 60-minute session looks at how we can use the basic principles of learning design to align content and activities to learning outcomes. We will consider the strengths of video, how to ‘chunk’ content clearly, the kinds of generative and active learning tasks you might intersperse between such chunks, and some basic principles of accessibility and usability. Session participants will be given a chunking template to work with and discuss potential activities with their peers.
To enrol via MyLearning, please visit the Designing video lectures booking page and select the following date:
- 13th December 2022 – 10:00-11:00am
Designing asynchronous learning activities
Asynchronous learning is a major part of distance education as it offers plenty of flexibility, allowing students to learn at their own pace regardless of time zone, location, or schedule. However, asynchronous learning activities must be carefully designed to ensure students stay motivated and engaged.
This 90-minute session provides practical guidance on designing and sequencing asynchronous teaching and learning activities, focusing on the different tools and types of interaction, as well as on communication and accessibility considerations. We will explore the guiding principles to structure asynchronous learning both in a self-paced and tutor facilitated course. Finally, you will get the opportunity to put it into practice by drafting an asynchronous unit in a storyboard format.
To enrol via MyLearning, please visit the Designing asynchronous learning activities booking page and select one of the following dates:
- 11th October 2022 – 2:00-3:30pm
If you encounter any problems when attempting to enrol, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Other training resources
- Communicating in Moodle to Support Learners – Moodle course
- Practical Online Teaching Tips – Recordings of previous sessions on UCL Media Central
If you have any issues in relation to accessibility, please contact us on: email@example.com.