April 29, 2014, by Teaching at Nottingham

Structuring and facilitating conversations online

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Dr Sarah Speight and Helen Whitehead, University of Nottingham on “Structuring and facilitating conversations online”. This was a session at the 2014 University Teaching and Learning conference on Students in Conversation.

Session abstract:
Online learning has become part of our core provision. We offer increasing numbers of courses online; we use ‘blended’ approaches combining face to face and online, and we use online to ‘flip’ our classrooms by changing the ways in which we use contact time.

This workshop will focus upon frameworks and methods that can be used to support meaningful dialogue (both peer to peer and student-tutor) in online spaces. We will share learning from Nottingham’s first NOOCs and MOOCs – both what worked well, and less well. We will think about the links between online interaction and assessment, and how student learning can be evidenced. We will also provide colleagues with some simple tools and ask you to design an ‘e-tivity’ for use with your own students.

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