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 adopted a hybrid teaching approach in response to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic during Academic Year 2020-21. Many colleagues are continuing to incorporate hybrid teaching into their practice. 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 hybrid teaching in a number of ways and we have put together this page to provide a single overview of support from the IAD.

Teaching Matters

Hybrid teaching has been adopted in a variety of ways across the University and it is helpful to share what has worked in different Schools and teaching contexts. The Edinburgh Hybrid Teaching Exchange was launched in early June 2020 as a space where colleagues could share work in progress, learning, insights, ideas, plans and resources to support hybrid teaching. This site has now been archived and no new content will be added or edited. However, you can view updated content on Teaching Matters: Revisiting the Hybrid Teaching Exchange hot topic – Teaching Matters blog (

Teaching Matters contains a range of posts about hybrid teaching and related topics. The following tagged posts will be of relevance for hybrid teaching and assessment approaches:

CPD, Workshops and Events

The IAD offer multiple opportunities for you to explore hybridity in your teaching in a personalised and reflective way.

There are opportunities to explore hybrid teaching as part of the support offered through the University’s CPD Framework for Learning and Teaching.

  • 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.

Aspects of hybrid teaching are also explored in various workshops offered through the Practical Strategies series.

An Introduction to Online Teaching

This short (2 week) 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. 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.

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

The IAD will 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.

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 students

Taught students: For undergraduate and taught postgraduate (masters) students we have Study Hub, online learning resources and a complementary blog about learning and studying at University.

Study Hub - find out more

We also offer study skills workshops and one-to-one consultations for taught students:

Support for undergraduates

Support for taught postgraduates

PhD students: We have a core programme of workshops available online

Workshops and provision for PhD students

Online guides are available on a range of topics

Online Guides for PhD students

There is also a large range of resources available online for tutors and demonstrators

Workshops and resources for tutors and demonstrators

Pop-up IAD is a series of online sessions for researchers. For PhD students, relevant topics include improving your online presence, thesis writing, and vivas.

Pop-up IAD for researchers