I spent some of Monday reflecting on an article in the Guardian at the weekend.
No campus lectures and shut student bars: UK universities’ £1bn struggle to move online
UK universities need to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to deliver degrees online, with warnings that many are unprepared to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students’ education.
It has contributions from the likes of Martin Weller, Neil Morris and Diana Laurillard. It got me thinking, that we know good online learning takes time and money, however we don’t really have the time (and probably not the money either), so the question is, what can we do, what will have the most impact, and what can we also do to reduce the problems we face in moving online?
Of course we have moved to remote delivery, rather than full online learning. Even in September it probably will be a mix of delivery modes, you could even call it a blend of learning (sounds familiar) .
Reflecting on this, if every UK university created one excellent online degree between now and September (certainly possible) and then all universities shared their models/designs/content then we could be in better position than we are now, or even do a series of online modules that could be used by other universities.
Yes there are problems, issues and challenges, but can we afford to not do something. Sharing something, even small, has to be better than not sharing at all. So is this possible? What needs to be in place to make this happen? What do we need to do to ensure it could work? What could you do to make this a success?
Jisc are hoping to run their Connect More events this year and I have been involved in a couple of early planning meetings. I was reminded of the article I contributed to about moving events online.
I spent part of the week (as I do now) collating voices from higher education about their needs and challenges across the current landscape, but also down the line for the next academic year.
I published another Lost in Translation blog post, this time focusing on the seminar.
As well as lectures many university courses have group discussions or seminar to talk about topics or subjects. These often consist of a one hour session led or steered by an academic member of staff.
In the post I talk about how you can translate this to an online version which is more than a straight translation.
I did my Uncle George presentation on Thursday at the online Jisc Metamorphosis event. My Great Great Uncle George was an officer in
Previous events were all face to face physical events, this time we did it online, which was different, challenging. I applied the same ideas and concepts I have when presenting online, in that the medium flattens presentations, so you need to be larger and more dynamic than normal. I enjoyed presenting and got some nice feedback.
Spent the afternoon listening to the WonkHE webinar on the financial future of the higher education sector.
My top tweet this week was this one.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) April 27, 2020