Our current challenge of moving our on-campus teaching to facilitated remote teaching may be a learning curve for some. However, there are colleagues here to help you and there are plenty of resources available.

The UDOL content team have created a short course which provides an introduction to how to teach remotely. Although the technology and tools are incorporated, the core aim is to explore ways of engaging with your students at a distance and building rapport with them. Each unit will also signpost you to additional materials and contacts within the University of Derby.

The course consists of three units:

Unit 1: Taking control

The first unit is aimed at your immediate needs: taking control of your virtual classroom so that you can give your students the confidence to interact in this space.

Unit 2: Releasing control

The second unit focuses on how you can expand the peer to peer interaction. This unit will become relevant once you and your students have been working remotely together for one or two weeks.

Unit 3: Continued engagement

The last unit is aimed at troubleshooting. What if things don’t go as planned? You can always dip into this unit, but most initial issues you will encounter will be tackled through the first two units.

Accredited by the CPD Standards Office, this course will take you approximately 4 hours to complete.  Once you complete the activities in each unit, you will receive a digital badge and an electronic CPD certified Certificate of Completion will be award upon completing the course.Accredited COD Badge

Completing the course will enable you to meet the following learning objectives through reflecting on your practice and applying the activities in your virtual classroom, as you move forward with remote teaching:

  1. Determine the core messages that are essential for students in a virtual classroom to establish a (renewed) sense of belonging.
  2. Create a new announcement in Blackboard to welcome students to the new virtual space.
  3. Create a welcome video to welcome students to the new virtual space.
  4. Thread and weave a discussion board forum in an online instructional context.
  5. Signpost students to university services, help guides and webinars available to them through UDo.
  6. Read non-visual student behaviours online to determine why certain interactions happen.
  7. Create interventions that nudge students back into meaningful engagement.

Come in and take a look – it’s already available MyLearning for staff to choose and enroll: