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Let’s talk: Flexible learning in Higher Education


Is there one universally accepted term for ‘flexible learning’ and are we clear what flexibility is from a sector, and professional perspective?

In this free to attend webinar we’ll be discussing how flexibility has been impacting higher education. Since Covid-19 we’ve seen a huge increase in the amount of flexibility that has been added to our lives. Students want to feel a sense of community and connection, but also want to travel less, and access their education in a more flexible way.

We’ll be joined by a guest panel who have a wealth of experience in looking at flexible learning. We’ll be discussing toolkits, microcredentials, learning design, and more.

Guest speakers for this event include:

Paula Shaw – Associate Professor of online teaching and learning

Through my research I have published and presented my ‘PROPHET Framework’ (Pedagogic Realignment with Organisational Priorities and Horizon Emergent Technologies), ensuring that horizon scanning, pedagogy and educational planning are integral to online students’ experiences. With colleagues, we explored the global widening participation agenda through unbundling, rebundling higher education and the online ‘hidden curriculum’

As we move into a new era of blended experiences my tenacity for championing the marginalised will ensure that transitioning between study modes won’t compromise students’ experiences; acknowledging that University life may be experienced in different ways, but all students should feel welcome, supported, and valued irrespective of their location and study mode. Currently I’m leading a QAA Collaborative Enhancement Project . This two-year project focuses on flexible learning and aims to provide evidence-based solutions to improving all students’ learning experiences. 

Stella Jones-Devitt, Staffordshire University

Stella Jones-Devitt is Professor of Critical Pedagogy at Staffordshire University and Director of SCoLPP (Staffordshire Centre of Learning and Pedagogic Practice) pedagogic research centre. Stella has significant experience and expertise in leading, designing and implementing evaluation research. She is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the HEA, Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University and has acted as a national Ambassador for Teaching Excellence in the UK. Her academic interests include exploring and applying innovative evaluation methodologies, flexible pedagogies and applied critical thinking. Within the confines of marketised H.E., she has a keen interest in understanding more about whose voices don’t get heard and why.

Anika Sharif – University of Derby

Anika is a third year BSc Psychology student, currently working as a research assistant on the flexible learning toolkit project. By illustrating modules upon MAPIT templates I’m creating a visual representation of how to help make an optimal flexible and inclusive community of learning for students

Kate Lindsay, University College of Estate Management

As Head of Digital Education at the University College of Estate Management, a fully online university, Kate Lindsay is responsible for the innovation, design and production of award-bearing, accredited and fully online programmes of study. She has over 20 years of experience in developing digital education, including roles as Head of Technology-Enhanced Learning and Director of Academic IT Services at the University of Oxford. Here she led a portfolio of projects and services to achieve the university’s digital education strategy and drive forwards modernisation in teaching, learning and assessment. Kate’s academic interests focus on the design of flexible online learning and enabling greater access to higher education. A public advocate for open educational resources and the application of critical digital pedagogy to create inclusive online learning experiences, Kate regularly speaks at conferences, panels and webinars across the sector

June 30 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am