The following external training, resources and opportunities are currently available:

  • TED Circles – hosted by volunteers, Circles watch and discuss a TED Talk and then share takeaways online to consider each other’s perspectives and create a global conversation. Recommended by Jill Gratton (Senior Research Administrator).

Education & Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has developed a series of free, online webinars and a guide to help colleagues across the Further Education (FE) and Training sector working remotely to support students based at home. They are appropriate for HE staff too.

Advance HE Member benefit webinars – Covid-19 series ‘From emergency remote teaching to resilient systems for higher education’

The last four weeks has seen an exceptional effort by the HE sector to continue to deliver or attain learning outcomes in non-ideal circumstances.  Students and staff recognised that achieving a perfect online learning experience was probably out of reach in the time frame available and most have exhibited great patience and humanity. However, as the crisis is set to continue into the next academic year, both returning and new students will be expecting an effective, accessible and flexible learning experience.

In the next two webinars in our COVID-19 series we will hear from academics on the frontline of the current crisis and those who have had years of experience in delivering flexible and accessible higher education. This webinar will help us to reflect on what we have learnt from this crisis to ensure that our approaches to curriculum design are flexible and agile enough to cope with a range of potential scenarios from some students not being able to attend campus either due to travel or health restrictions and/or further outbreaks leading to rapid campus closures.

Emergency remote teaching – What have we learnt? - 21st April, 9:00 - 10:15 am

The first webinar will provide an opportunity to reflect on our emergency remote teaching – was it a pale reflection of our face-to-face delivery and how can we move away from the deficit model?

Please join David White (University of the Arts, London), Eva Wong and Theresa Kwong (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Professor Torrey Trust (University of Massachusetts Amherst) for a webinar with the aim of encouraging participants to firstly reflect on how they responded to the crisis.

Book your place here.

Beyond fire-fighting – Developing resilient higher education - 28th April, 9:00 - 10:15 am

In the second webinar please join Kate Lindsay (The University College of Estate Management)  and Ale Armellini (University of Northampton), with a mission.

Together we will explore models of online pedagogy and consider how to create active online learning and some practical approaches to mitigate against the critical points of failure inherent in higher education.

Book your place here.

Online masterclass in remote groupwork by Dr Lucy Tallents

My company VerdantLearn is offering free places on our first online masterclass, on remote groupwork – encouraging active collaboration and peer learning amongst students studying remotely.  You’ll create engaging e-learning activities ready for you to use in your own courses straight away.

The time commitment is 5 hours over the course of one week, starting next Monday 27th April.  There are 90min webinars over Monday/Friday lunchtimes, with 2 hours of individual/groupwork in between.

I began my HE & CPD teaching career in wildlife conservation at Oxford University.  I’m passionate about the potential of e-learning to creating inclusive, engaging learning opportunities.  I’m offering free places on this course as I know many staff are in a difficult situation trying to get courses online, and students are having to adapt to studying in isolation, and I want to help.   In return, I’m asking for feedback on the format and content, to help me design better learning experiences in the future.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who’s shared the immensely helpful and pertinent resources re rapid conversion to online teaching.  I’m grateful to be a part of this community!

We will be adding additional content shortly. If you wish to recommend any externally facilitated training or resources please contact Details of historic sessions can also be found in the archive below. 


Advance HE Webinar

Moving assessment online: Key principles for inclusion, pedagogy and practice’.

Advance HE webinar ‘Moving assessment online: Key principles for inclusion, pedagogy and practice’. During this member only webinar, speakers Professor David Carless, Dr Geoff Stoakes and Jess Moody will lead a conversation around the challenges the HE sector is facing during the current Covid-19 climate. On the 9th April two identical webinars will run, one at 09:00 and one at 13:00 BST.

  • Thur 9  April  | 9 – 10:00 am
  • Thur 9  April  | 1 – 2:00 pm

Blackboard Webinars

Teaching Remotely (Blackboard Learn 9.1 ORIGINAL Basics)

In response to growing concerns on the spread of the coronavirus, and institutions moving to fully online teaching, this webinar is designed to provide you easy step-by-step instructions on how to upload course content, create discussion boards for students to communicate, and provide an overview on the types of online assessments available in Blackboard Learn 9.1 ORIGINAL.

  • Tuesday, April 7 | 7 – 7:30 pm
  • Monday, April 13 | 4 – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 14 | 2 – 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 15 | 7 –7:30 pm
  • Friday, April 17 | 4 – 4:30 pm

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Getting Started with Teaching a Virtual Class (Blackboard Collaborate)

Moving from in-classroom instruction to the online classroom does not have to be difficult or stressful. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a communication tool that will allow you to continue to engage with your students in a synchronous manner, or record sessions for students to watch at a later time. In this 30-minute session, we will review the Collaborate interface and tools available to use while teaching online.

  • Thursday, April 9 | 3 – 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 14 | 3 –3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 15 | 8 –8:30 pm
  • Friday, April 17 | 3 – 3:30 pm

Register via Blackboard

Office Hours: Ask the Experts about Blackboard Learn & Collaborate

Now that you’re likely in the thick of transitioning to remote teaching, it’s highly possible that you have additional questions. Fear not, for we are here to help! Attend our open office hours where Blackboard experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance on teaching remotely.

  • Wednesday, April 8 | 4 pm–5 pm
  • Wednesday, April 15 | 4 pm–5 pm
  • Friday, April 17 | 4 pm–5 pm

Register via Blackboard

Free Blackboard Short Courses

Online Course Design and Development Workshop (Learn Original)

This course is designed to enable you to consider how current teaching practice might be translated into the online environment, with special emphasis on course design and online content development in Blackboard Learn Original.

Online Course Facilitation using Blackboard Collaborate Workshop

This workshop is designed to enable you to consider how current teaching practice might be translated into the online environment, with special emphasis on web and video conferencing tools. The content of this workshop is fully covered in some modules of Course B in the Blackboard Digital Teaching and Learning Series (DTLS). If you have taken DTLS, you will not find new information in this workshop.