Student Engagement in Blended Learning Week

The exterior of the Student Union building at the University of SheffieldElevate will be holding a week of online events in April designed to promote and enhance student engagement, when teaching online. These sessions will cover how we define, promote and measure the engagement of our students when teaching and learning in a blended way.

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Events

We are hosting a range of online events in the week commencing the 19th April. All events are designed to refresh your knowledge on key areas of importance in engaging your students. Topics include:

Defining student engagement when teaching & learning online

This session poses the question - what do we mean by student engagement when teaching and learning online? How does this differ from face to face teaching, and what challenges have we encountered while working remotely, both in terms of promoting and measuring engagement.

Hosted by colleagues from Academic Practice and Skills Development, this informal discussion will act as an opportunity to discuss these issues with peers, setting the scene for a week of sessions on the topic.

Aim: To encourage discussion around the definition of student engagement, and how this may differ in an online setting.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Using challenge to engage students in a blended learning environment

Students need suitable levels of support and challenge in order to engage with learning activities particularly in the context of remote or online learning.

In this workshop we will explore the learning theories of Csikszentmihalyi’s flow model and Vygotski’s zone of proximal development and consider how they can be used in practice to structure challenge at the right level to engage students and to promote progress.

Aim: To develop an understanding of the flow model and the zone of proximal development and to consider how they can inform our teaching practice to structure challenge appropriately for our learners.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • To explore the relationship between challenge and engagement
  • To describe the principles of two learning theory models related to pitching challenge
  • To reflect on how the ideas from these theories can be applied to our teaching context with a particular focus on online learning

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Polling students for student engagement

In this workshop we will explore the ways in which session leaders can facilitate student engagement and communication in synchronous online sessions. You will share ideas for the development of engaging and interactive sessions using polling and audience response tools. During this session you will:

  • Discuss the use of polls and audience participation in online sessions
  • Review a range of university supported polling/quiz tools,
  • Explore ways in which you might use university supported tools to facilitate student engagement

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Getting students engaged in synchronous sessions

In this session, we will focus on ideas for engaging students in their learning in synchronous online sessions. Rather than introducing new and complex technology, we will focus on using simple tools and delivery platforms well, motivated by feedback from students across the online period. We will also explore how to get students working with you and with each other, even in one-off sessions, and offer insights into the student experience.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Back to the classroom - what now?

This session explores how to prepare yourself and students for return to the classroom; the use of technology to support learning in the classroom, and how to provide alternatives for those not able to attend. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and sharing good practice tricks and tips, so both novices and experts in socially distanced teaching are welcome.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Engaging student journeys in Blackboard

This session will share findings from recent student-led evaluations of Blackboard courses at the University of Sheffield. Focusing specifically on the student journey, we will look at simple tweaks you can make to your Blackboard courses that will promote usability, accessibility, and effectiveness.

This session is for anyone that develops or uploads content to a Blackboard course.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Engaging students in blended learning: what worked for me? (Q&A Session)

Learning and teaching specialists from across the University join us to talk about what has worked for them to engage students in blended learning over the last twelve months. Each member of the panel will talk briefly about their context, experience and practice, and there will then be an opportunity to ask questions and join a discussion around practical strategies, tools and approaches that really work to motivate and support students in this new and often unfamiliar learning environment.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Blackboard engagement reports

This session staff members who wish to measure varying engagement metrics on their Blackboard module sites for the cohort, group, or individual student.

What it will cover: this session will cover:

Outline of what each report can do
Share user cases of why you would use each report available
Share recommendations of which reports are currently not available (institutional goals based one)
How to access and run reports (how to run, save and read reports).

What will you be able to do after the session:

To gain an understanding of students engagement within blackboard modules both throughout and at the end, and be able to use this information to support and enhance student learning and understanding.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS

Creating engaging media

In this session, we will discuss a variety of different strategies and techniques to help make engaging video content for your learners. Drawing on experience from our own students, academic research and viewing analytics, we will share some ideas for you to take away and use in your own disciplines.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

Should we record students?

In this interactive session, we will examine whether you should record sessions where students are expected to be active participants in online learning. The session will look at technical considerations, as well as framing the debate through the lens of inclusivity and equality considerations. It will also provide an overview of the legal requirements to be aware of when recording online teaching

During this session you will:

- Discuss the rationale behind recording sessions
- Consider the issue through the lenses of equality and inclusivity
- Look at the legal requirements to be aware of if you are recording online teaching sessions.

You can book this session in the Elevate Learning and Teaching Development Events section of the LMS.

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Timetable

Mon 19th April Tues 20th April Wed 21st April Thurs 22nd April Fri 23rd April
10am-11am
11am-12pm Defining Student Engagement when Teaching and Learning Online Polling Students for Student Engagement Blackboard Engagement Reports Should We Record Students?
11am-12.30pm
12pm-1pm
2pm-3pm Using Challenge to Engage Students in a Blended Learning Environment Getting Students Engaged in Synchronous Sessions Creating Engaging Media
2.30pm-3.30pm Engaging Students in Blended Learning: What worked for me? (Q&A Session)
3pm-4pm Back to the Classroom - What Now?
3.30pm-4.30pm Engaging Student Journeys in Blackboard

All events can also be found in our events calendar. Bookings should be made through the LMS. You will be sent joining instructions close to the time of the event.

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Web guidance

Don’t forget our comprehensive web-based guidance for blended and digital teaching:

Covid-19 support and guidance

You might also find the following pages helpful:

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Further information

Our 1:1 appointments and departmental support are always available.

You can also email elevate@sheffield.ac.uk with any queries. If you have a question about digital learning tools, then you can email the digital learning helpdesk at digital.learning@sheffield.ac.uk