Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

IAD support for hybrid teaching

This page provides an overview of the support available from the IAD for hybrid teaching.

The information provided here will complement wider support for teaching continuity, details available from the Teaching Continuity webpages.

The University is aiming for a hybrid teaching model in Semester 1 of 2020-2021 and perhaps beyond then. Hybrid teaching does not assume either a fundamentally on-campus or fundamentally online model, but is designed for easy student transition between the two. Hybrid teaching will consist of a mixture of digital and on campus activities, where students may be able to attend on campus sessions, digitally in the same time zone, or digitally in a different time zone.

The IAD are supporting the development of hybrid teaching in a number of ways and we have put together this page to provide a single overview of support from the IAD.

Edinburgh Hybrid Teaching Exchange

A new website, the Edinburgh Hybrid Teaching Exchange has been set up to support the sharing of work in progress, learning, insights, ideas, plans and resources as we prepare for the move to hybrid teaching for 2020/21.

Edinburgh Hybrid Teaching Exchange website (EASE login recommended)

Content is being collected and curated around a set of key and emerging themes starting with:

  • Exploring Hybrid Teaching. Institutional and disciplinary perspectives on what is meant by hybrid teaching, together with ideas and work in progress plans for autumn 2020
  • Hybrid Learner Journeys. Student learner journeys and personas to help explore, understand and articulate hybrid teaching from the perspective of our students

We would welcome your contributions and feedback, please contact

An Introduction to Online Teaching

This short online course will provide a light touch introduction to some of the things you could consider when creating and teaching the online parts of your hybrid teaching for the coming academic year. The course will provide you with the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be an online student, as well as providing you with a research-informed introduction to online teaching and assessment approaches. The course will focus on the main digital tools available from the University of Edinburgh to support hybrid teaching.

This 2-week course will be offered multiple times over the summer.

Scheduled dates for An Introduction to Online Teaching course - find out more and book online

We’re also happy to work with colleagues in Schools to develop a contextualised version of the course. If you’re interested in exploring a School specific version of this course please contact

Adaptable resources

A set of PowerPoint slides that can be used or adapted by teaching staff or professional services/ student support staff who are developing sessions or resources to help new and returning students adjust to hybrid learning in Semester One 2020/21.

Stepping up to Hybrid Learning - adaptable resource for Schools (MS PowerPoint)

IAD Hangouts and workshops

Online sessions where colleagues with experience relevant to hybrid teaching will share ideas. These sessions will be recorded and previous hangouts will be available on the Edinburgh Teaching Exchange. If you have an idea for a topic for a Hangout please contact:

Information about future IAD hangouts will be added to the IAD learning and teaching workshops page:

IAD Learning and Teaching workshops

The IAD will continue to offer workshops which will be relevant for hybrid teaching throughout the academic year. Information about these workshops will also be included on the IAD learning and teaching workshops page (see link above).

Teaching Matters

We have been working on the Teaching Matters Blog to develop, curate and commission new posts about hybrid teaching and related topics.

The following tagged posts will be of relevance for hybrid teaching and assessment approaches:

Support for students

Taught students: For undergraduate and taught postgraduate students we have Study Hub which provides many useful online resources and an engaging blog about learning and studying at University.

Study Hub - find out more

Study skills workshops and one-to-one consultations for taught students are also available online:

Workshops and one-to-one consultations for undergraduates

Workshops and one-to-one consultations for taught postgraduates

PhD students: We have continued running workshops for PhD students, moving these online.

Workshops and provision for PhD students

We have also set up a 'Pop-up IAD', offering new online sessions and follow-up resources on a range of topics pertinent to researchers in this shift to working remotely. For PhD students, relevant topics include improving your online presence, thesis writing, and vivas.

Pop-up IAD for researchers

Local CPD for hybrid teaching

We are happy to chat with any Schools that want to work on local CPD for their colleagues about hybrid teaching.

Please contact to ask.

Support for hybrid teaching within other IAD provision

If you are participating in the PG Cert in Academic Practice you will find lots of discussion and examples relevant to hybrid teaching.

Participants on the Edinburgh Teaching Award have also been focusing on hybrid teaching recently and we will continue to support that for as long as participants find it useful.