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Designing for distance learners

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These tools offer academics the possibility to share and disseminate knowledge, organise webinars and virtual seminars, allow for the possibility of closer collaboration between institutions, and facilitate communication with and instruction of students on placements.

The ways in which students engage in academic activity is constantly shifting. Across Cardiff University academics and learning technologists are implementing a wide range of innovative approaches to enhance the student experience through the use of learning technologies.

Internationalisation and employability play a crucial role in our strategic vision, and the role of distance, blended, and web-based tools in facilitating this vision is of fundamental importance.

The primary function of distance learning tools is to enable communication, instruction, and debate remotely. This should not be seen as the limit of the functionality of these tools. Indeed, many programmes adopt innovative hybrid or multi-faceted approaches to engagement in which distance learning is integrated into other learning paths, or used as a support tool for learners.

The modalities of interaction within blended or distance approaches to learning can vary from uses of virtual classrooms, webinars, and presentations, to the use of social media platforms, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and the creation of bespoke solutions to address specific issues.

This section highlights a variety of approaches adopted at Cardiff University to enhance the learning experience of students who are not campus-based, but also ways in which distance learning approaches can enrich the curriculum of campus-based programmes.


Case Studies

Reflecting on reflections

Dr Kate Gilliver

Published 21 Jul 2021 • 15 mins read

This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference talks about what reflective writing as an assessment has revealed about the student experience of active learning in a pandemic.


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners | Engaging with student feedback | Assessment design | Providing feedback | Supporting Placement Learning |

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Wales, Germany... the World!

Rhys Pearce-Palmer

Published 22 Jul 2021 • 7 mins read

This Pecha Kucha presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference explores the planning and details that went into delivering the social entrepreneurship programme to inspire and motivate students to engaging with an intensive


Topics

Enterprise & Employability | Designing for distance learners | Mentoring |

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Developing a MEDIC Digital Education Hub

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas

Published 21 Jul 2021 • 7 mins read

This Pecha Kucha presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference gives a overview of the steps the Centre for Medical Education is taking to establish a Digital Education Hub and the projects they have launched.


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners |

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When placements can’t happen

Professor Jane Henderson, Katherine List and Charlotte Lester

Published 22 Jul 2021 • 15 mins read

This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference describes how, in response to the cancellation of workplace experiences due to the pandemic, Charlotte Lester (CU-Alumni) worked with Jane Henderson (SHARE) to offer an alumni mentoring


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners | Engaging with student feedback | Supporting Placement Learning |

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An A-Z of Learning Technology

Allan Theophanides

Published 22 Jul 2021 • 8 mins read

This extended Pecha Kucha presentation from the 2021 Learning and Teaching Conference introduces 26 Learning Technology and Digital Education tips and tools to help with workload planning, teaching or enhancing the student digital learning experience


Topics

Ways of learning | Digital & Information Literacy | Designing for distance learners | Flipping the classroom | Delivering blended programmes |

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Constructing a connected learning experience online

Arrendeep Gill and Rachel Barker

Published 21 Jul 2021 • 7 mins read

This Pecha Kucha presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference discusses teachers facilitating connection between learners in order to create purposeful learning environments.


Topics

Ways of learning | Designing for distance learners | Delivering blended programmes | Facilitating group work |

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