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Digital Technologies in Teaching and Learning

Published on October 24, 2013
...n.” Part of this indecision is due to confusion between Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and more traditional forms of online learning. But there are important differences between the two. For a start, MOOCs have so far been operating from a separate platform with ‘star’ lecturers used to entice participants (David Attenborough is a voice on one of the FutureLearn MOOCs, for example). This compares to more traditional online learning whic... Read more »

Digital teaching and learning has a future – but we must get the balance right

Published on October 22, 2020
...scale digital reform and innovation, as teaching and student support moved online. Six months later, universities are welcoming back students with a blended learning approach (a mix of online and face-to-face teaching). For Alliance universities this approach is nothing new, with digital learning opportunities existing long before the pandemic. But our recent experience has taken this one step further. Alliance universities have now amassed a weal... Read more »

Mind the gap report – Aston University case study

Published on October 13, 2015 to pursue their academic studies. The majority of teaching is delivered online in a Virtual Learning Environment with recorded lectures, online tutorials with video links and consultation sessions. A small number of on-campus sessions are used to introduce students to their lecturers and cover materials that is best done face-to-face (e.g. some elements of Human Computer Interaction). At the same of the Degree Apprenticeship there is an intensi... Read more »

Universities and cities: Building stronger communities

Published on November 2, 2017
...facturing excellence that will offer a sustained programme of innovative research activity, teaching and learning, and product development. World-leading research is also attracting investment from overseas and creating trade opportunities. Anchor universities also act as hubs for networks of people and knowledge, a function that is particularly important for small businesses. For example, Nottingham Trent University is working with other universi... Read more »

2020 reviewed by our networks

Published on December 17, 2020 response Alliance universities delivered huge investments in digital infrastructure and support for their staff. The online delivery was nothing new for Alliance universities however, who have had a ‘digital first’ approach to their teaching for many years. “At Teesside we were able to respond quickly to the pandemic, pivoting to online teaching and learning with speed. Whilst our strengths in Edtech underpinned this transition, the creative a... Read more »

The hidden value of our university research base

Published on April 20, 2015
...recently launched a report on the contribution universities make to the research base and the UK’s eminence in research globally. What really struck me as I explored some of the research that underpins the report is that most of it was already familiar to me but I’d never focused on the university that led or supported its creation. All that effort is invisible to the people using the innovation. For example, Kingston University’s collaboration w... Read more »

University Alliance launch ‘Driving Academic Diversity in their Media Voices’ campaign with live online panel event

Published on April 28, 2021
...s ExpertFile . From this , journalists and other media representatives can search for their chosen topic and select UA specialists fr om the field for comment. The bank holds the profiles of over 60 academics, who will be available for media comment. The online panel discussion event included introductions from campaign coordinators Beth Button, Head of Communications at University Alliance, and Justin Shaw, Chief Higher Education Consultant at Co... Read more »

Raising pupils’ achievements in India by bringing teachers back into the classroom

Published on June 1, 2017
...he MOOC, which is far in excess of global averages. For many participants, online learning was a new experience. Online access is not always easy– they had to travel, sometimes long distances, to weekly contact classes and share computers, tablets and mobile phones. We attribute success – in terms of participant MOOC completion – to a blend of the digital and physical learning spaces and the way in which the MOOC enabled collaborative learning and... Read more »

Design: a long view

Published on November 22, 2012
...resolution, and that the role of the designer is to look beyond answers in search of innovation. “the role of the designer is to look beyond answers in search of innovation” At its heart it seems that design thinking, if such a practice might usefully be described, offers a strategic means through which to manage and exploit creative innovation, and it is perhaps precisely this which makes its presence within STEM disciplines so import... Read more »

The sector’s long-term health has to be at the forefront of our thinking

Published on September 11, 2012
...vironment. To do so we need more graduates and a strong and enterprising research-base. As universities, we need to maximize our impact – demonstrating how our learning, teaching, research, knowledge exchange and external partnerships all come together to generate a really unique offer. In making the case to support growth in these challenging economic times, we clearly need to get even smarter at demonstrating our efficiency as well as our abilit... Read more »