Our understanding of technology and the
benefits this can bring to university events has
increased dramatically over the last two years.
I expect online events will continue to be offered in the future – alongside on-campus and in-school provision, with three broad options of online events being offered by universities: university virtual, university hybrid and school virtual. I will outline these below.
Since the start of the pandemic, most
university events have been completely virtual.
We would much rather show facilities in
person, but running virtual events has meant
they can be more accessible geographically
and include a wider range of speakers.
Moving forward, most of these events will take place on standard video platforms (such as Zoom, Teams, Google etc.) Some universities will run events to replace traditional on-campus events which would need teacher involvement, whilst others will arrange events in the evening outside of school timetable commitments. These events will range from traditional talks to full outreach schemes such as summer schools.
With on-campus events returning there is a new opportunity to stream events live, so if you or your students can’t travel to the university, you can still participate in them. These hybrid events may not be able to fully replicate the day itinerary, such as tours, but can enable students to see guest lectures and participate in Q&As from school or home - alongside those joining the event on campus.
Virtual talks into classrooms have been the
norm for many as a result of the pandemic. Like with
university virtual events, schools hosting
virtual events will mean you can access a
broader range of speakers and providers to
support your event.
Universities from across the country may be able to deliver a short virtual talk, or a virtual careers fair can include more institutions able to offer advice to your students.
Virtual events can be problematic when it
comes to engagement, so it is good to get buy-
in from students in advance to ensure sessions
run smoothly. Due to safeguarding restrictions,
we know why students don’t always have
cameras on, however using microphones
or chat functions is a great way for them to
participate and give feedback to the higher
The increase in online events means that universities can now support a far wider range of students - and be even more accessible. When speaking to higher education providers, ask for details of what to expect, such as interactive quizzes and if breakout rooms will be used, so you can plan your school or college resource.
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