Experiences in Digital learning webinars: The 2020 shift to online: reflections on a year of radical change
2020 has been a tumultuous year for higher education (as it has been for all areas of life). Huge changes in the use of learning technology and large-scale adoption of online learning that would have taken years if not decades in ordinary times have happened in a matter of weeks.
Chaired by Linda Amrane-Cooper, this webinar will reflect on this experience from three complimentary perspectives: an academic leading the shift to online (Simon Katan, Goldsmiths), a consultant supporting universities in online learning (Whitney Kilgore, iDesign) and a long term online educator (Marco Gillies, Centre for Distance Education and Goldsmiths). The discussion will reflect on what has happened since March 2020. It will also discuss our current situation and what we need to do now to both evaluate and continue our online learning, including addressing issues of equity and student engagement. Finally, we will think about the future, and in particular what this radical change means for HE after COVID-19.
Whitney Kilgore, Ph.D. is co-founder and chief academic officer of iDesign, a partner to universities who wish to build, grow, and support online and blended course and program offerings. iDesign provides concierge, white-glove instructional design support to faculty partners. Their designers bring expertise, service, and project structure to bear and ensuring that faculty feel comfortable, informed, and in control throughout the process of creating online learning experiences for their students.
Simon Katan, PhD, is a creative coder and educator with a background in music and a strong preoccupation with games and play. He conducts research into game-based learning and STEAM. Notable projects include Sleuth, a film noir themed platform for teaching rudiments of code, which is deployed on University of London’s online BSc Computer Science and has
reached over 25,000 players to date. Simon currently lectures in Creative Computing and is Director of Undergraduate Studies at Goldsmiths University - Department of Computing.
Marco Gillies, PhD, is a fellow of the Centre for Distance Education and Academic Director: Distance Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is an experienced online educator. He co-developed the first MOOC from an English University, and has since developed MOOCs on Web Design and Virtual Reality. He co-led the development of a new online BSc Computer Science between Goldsmiths, University of London Worldwide and Coursera. As part of the CDE he has investigated the role of digital technology on the modern educator. He is currently both developing online only modules and teaching campus students.
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