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An Edinburgh Model for Teaching Online Shortlisted for Good Practice Award

The “An Edinburgh Model for Teaching Online” online staff development course has been shortlisted for the 2021 Global Advancing Academic Development Good Practice Awards

The course was developed as part of the Distance Learning at Scale project, and a collaboration drawing expertise from both Information Services Group and The Centre for Research in Digital Education. Initially launched in January 2020 as preparation for teachers delivering new micro-credential programmes on edX, the Edinburgh Model was quickly revised and migrated to Blackboard Learn in the summer of 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A small team of volunteers, led by Michael Gallagher from Moray House School of Education and Sport and colleagues in ISG, upskilled over 700 teaching staff, introducing them to online and hybrid teaching practices.

The strength of this programme has been demonstrated in its ability to shift contexts, not only supporting teaching innovation, but also teaching emergency. The innovation in staff development is through robust anchoring in theory, research, and practice, developed as an active collaboration between researchers and practitioners.

We will be at the ceremony on 3rd November to celebrate.

More about the 2021 Global Advancing Academic Development Good Practice Awards.