Over the last two years many of us will have
experienced an online event, whether that
was attending a virtual conference or webinar,
hosting an online event or teaching virtually.
Online events have provided the opportunity to change our approach, shift the focus from a more traditional view and explore the ways in which we could develop and continue the use of online provision into our ‘new normal’.
you can attend from the comfort of your own home which allows for a more diverse audience.
which reduces expenses and gives you back more time.
you can experience presentations, workshops and group sessions all in one event.
you have the opportunity to catch up on recorded sessions in your own time.
the activity has a lower environmental impact.
A great example of successful online events
have been virtual open days, which universities
have held over the last academic year. Due
to not being limited by geographical location,
students could get a taste of universities
further away from their homes.
For this upcoming academic year, universities will be reviewing the successes of these virtual events and building them into a new approach, for example, hosting a hybrid event, which would have both an in-person and virtual element.
A lot of universities are taking forward a
blended learning approach this academic year.
This could be in the form of online lectures,
in-person seminars or practical sessions. This
enables universities to be more accessible,
offering students a greater level of flexibility
and helping them to study alongside their other
responsibilities and commitments.
Students will be able to watch lectures live through a virtual platform and many academics now record their lectures for students to watch back later, which can support their learning and aid revision. These can be accessed through the university’s online portal, which also provides additional reading materials and resources, as well as student support and careers services. These services will also be available in a blended way, with in-person workshops and counselling sessions, as well as the option to reach out through virtual support platforms.
With online study comes the opportunity to improve skills such as independent learning, self-motivation and organisation. Students will ultimately need to motivate themselves to study in the absence of that ‘classroom’ environment. These students will also have full access to university facilities if they would like a change of scenery or if it would benefit their learning.
Your students now have access to a variety of higher education learning styles alongside the traditional view of full-time on-campus learning, which we should advise students of, and encourage them to engage with, so they can choose the route best for them.
This free newsletter will include information on university events added to UniTasterDays, as well as details about new webinars and blog releases for you and your students.
by Lydia Greenhalgh
posted on 1 Dec '22
As our working weeks get busier, you might be wondering how you can share university information in a way that prevents parents and guardians from having to make a mad midweek rush from work to your school or college hall. This blog provides a few tips towards successful school and college parental engagement.
by Erin Wilson
posted on 21 Nov '22
Since leaving the higher education sector earlier this year, I have been vocal on social media about the lessons I learnt in my job about myself, the working world and the sector of higher education. This blog introduces what I learned - and how schools can benefit from university engagement.