Coaching in post-pandemic HE organisations – by default or by design?

Where did we start?   All three authors were keen to work together on ‘something to do with coaching’ – Anna had started to re-shape and re-energise the University’s Coaching Network; Julia was studying for her L7 Executive Coaching Supervision qualification and Irene was writing her MA dissertation on the evaluation of coaching. All the stars aligned and… Continue reading

Preparing teachers for teaching in hybrid virtual classrooms

Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic challenged Higher Education Institutions to offer innovative educational practices. Within a HEI in the east of The Netherlands, approximately 70% of the part-time bachelor students articulated the need for onsite education throughout the lockdown of 2020. As such within the Covid-19 limitations offering onsite courses to… Continue reading

From “ivory tower” to “real world”: Transforming learning, teaching and research through Living Labs

In the past years, we all witnessed a progressive blurring of the boundaries between universities and their environment. Once depicted through metaphors such as the “ivory tower”, universities are now expected to be “entrepreneurial” and accomplish multiple missions by opening up to many stakeholders (Etzkowitz, 2014). On the one hand, from a teaching perspective, co-creation with learners… Continue reading

Business School Employability Office: Supporting students to master the virtual recruitment process

The Business School Employability Office (hereafter, BSEO) needed to help students to adapt quickly to recent virtual recruitment changes which resulted after a shift to remote working due to the COVID-19 crisis. In this blog we (Helen Kofler and Raluca Marinciu, Employability Advisors at the BSEO) outline the ways in… Continue reading

Inclusion and online sharing of teaching practice during the Covid-19 crisis: The case of the Business and Economic Education (BEE) sessions

Introduction  This blog post is about a recent experience within the Economics and International Business (EIB) department where we effectively mobilised collective knowledge and shared practices during the transition to online teaching amid the Covid-19 crisis. It is the story of how the Business and Economics Education (BEE), a series… Continue reading

Mentimeter: Empowering presenters and students in online teaching

We have recently seen the number of users of Mentimeter breach the 1,000 mark. That the numbers of colleagues (and students) creating presentations is still increasing is testament, we believe, to the flexibility of Mentimeter as a tool to support engagement and indeed empowerment even where teaching has been increasingly… Continue reading

The time has come to make your breakout: opportunities and pitfalls when using breakouts in live online sessions

“When explanations make no senseWhen every answer’s wrongYou’re fighting with lost confidenceAll expectations goneThe time has come to make or breakMove on, don’t hesitateBreakout” (Swing out Sister, 1986) The lyricists behind ‘Breakout’ were prescient, as a ‘need’ for breakout spaces within platforms used for online teaching can sometimes be seen… Continue reading

Engaging students online – how to support student participation before and during Microsoft Teams sessions

As Care Leaver Co-ordinator for UK Student Recruitment, I had my first experience of leading Microsoft (MS) Teams sessions over the summer; ‘Preparation for University’ webinars for external offer holders. Using MS Teams with these participants has prompted me to reflect on how I can support engagement, through my actions… Continue reading

Avoiding being the sage on the screen – Facilitating online sessions

In 1993 Alison King suggested we move our teaching away from ‘sage on the stage’ to a role of ‘guide on the side’ but what does this mean in the blended learning context? In my role, I am focused on supporting colleagues in preparing their teaching for 2020/21 and many… Continue reading

Mentimeter: our student response system, available to all students and staff

Mentimeter is a university-wide tool that enables electronic voting, contributions, discussion prompts and questioning in and outside of taught sessions.  To sign in or sign up, go to: “It radically improves the connection between lecturer and audience, and makes the process of teaching feel more collaborative.”Dr Oliver Robinson, Programme Leader, BSc… Continue reading