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).

Advance HE 2020/21 Portfolio

Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams – Starts 1 October 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the complexity of true leadership. Campus closures, social lockdown and enforced working from home has brought about disruption, displacement and disconnection: the disruption of work patterns and activities, the displacement of teams and departments, and the disconnection of colleague relationships.

Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams has been designed in response to these challenging times and has been developed to support colleagues to take stock of their team or departmental leadership and review their approach to influencing in a virtual world.

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Senior Women’s Leadership Development Programme – 4 November 2020

Our Senior Women’s Leadership Development Programme (SWLDP) is designed specifically for women in senior positions in HE to help them take the next step up or extend their role, profile and impact. It aims to create more gender parity in senior leadership within higher education.

In advance of our Senior Women’s Leadership Development Programme (SWLDP), we will be running a free introductory webinar on 9 September 2020.

Lead by our expert facilitators, the webinar will enable you to find out more about the programme and will also explore how to manage our’s and other people’s responses to difficulties and how to successfully influence colleagues and external partners when working remotely.

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Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership – 23 February 2021

Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership provides a unique opportunity for new and aspiring senior institutional leaders to explore and develop their leadership identity. Framed by the Connected Leadership model, it is structured around four key leadership intelligences; emotional, social and political, cultural (or narrative) and inclusive. Through both theoretical and practical application of these, Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership addresses the question of how to connect people with purpose; a key stratagem to creating successful strategic leadership.

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Leadership Summit – 28 January 2021

Bringing together strategic leaders in HE and expert thought leaders, this summit will provide an engaging environment to explore contemporary challenges and differing perspectives of leadership with peers across the sector. Building on last year’s theme, “Leading with humanity”, we look towards the effects of current challenges in the sector including the longer-term impact of Covid-19; TEF and subject-level TEF, changes to student funding and Brexit; as well as future challenges in a dynamic environment.

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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.

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. 


Learning spaces and beyond: connected learning while physical distancing - 09:00 BST, 8 July

Part of the Advance HE ‘Covid-19 response series’

On campus teaching is critically dependent on physical locations – laboratories, art and design studios, and theatres, whilst the student experience is affected by the social spaces, the libraries, and access to computer suites and maker spaces.

During this webinar we will discuss how we can we effectively deliver authentic, participatory and connected learning experiences for students who are unable to return to campus due to on-going or intermittent travel or health restrictions.

Our panel of expert speakers includes:

Ahead of the webinar, Advance HE’s Kay Hack talks to graduate Zara McLaughlin, on the importance of physical learning spaces and the campus environment to her growth as an artist and starting a business. Read the blog here.

Safe(r) for staff? Equality implications for ‘re-opening’ university and college campuses in the age of COVID-19 - 11:00, BST 8 July

Part of the Advance HE ‘Covid-19 response series’

As many institutions plan to ‘re-open’ physical campuses to some degree in the next academic year, this webinar aims to explore some of the equality challenges this presents for particular groups of staff.

Building on sector discussion of the student experience, our panel discussion and Q&A will prompt reflection on the range of staff – academic, professional, support – and their diverse needs in regards to ‘safety: not only in terms of physical health, but issues of harassment, belonging, and precarity. The session will be useful to senior leaders, line managers, HR, and EDI teams in their decision making and support plans.

Our panel of expert speakers includes:

• Prof Fiona Kumari Campbell, Professor of Social Work, School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee
• Dr Nicole Brown, Lecturer in Education, IOE – Culture, Communication & Media, UCL Institute of Education
• Lindsey Millen, Policy Manager at Close the Gap
• Dr Sammy Li, Equality and Diversity Advisor for Students, University of Birmingham

Ahead of the webinar, Advance HE’s Jess Moody has written a blog on the safety considerations on re-opening campuses.

Higher education leadership in the pandemic age – from crisis to connected campus - 08:30 BST, 14 July

Part of the Advance HE ‘Covid-19 response series’

This webinar reviews the final report from our Socially Distanced Campus and Education project and focuses on leadership itself with links to three other over-arching themes: communication, partnership, and wellbeing. The journey from crisis to connected campus is the story of HE leadership that we are currently seeing unfold.

Our panel of expert speakers includes:

Find out more about our Socially Distanced Campuses and Education project here.

Internationalising the curriculum 10:00 BST, 15 July

Join Janette Ryan and Stuart Norton to discuss internationalisation of the curriculum which is the international and global diversification of the curriculum as well as opportunities for study abroad, international placements, internships, exchanges and field trips. This webinar will be linked to the Advance HE published resource Essential frameworks for enhancing student success.

Higher education: who belongs here? - 09:00 BST, 22 July

In this webinar, we will explore the stories of three individuals who are making their presence felt in leading their institutions in different country contexts. We will then consider how the personal lived experiences of our speakers provide opportunities for us all to develop more reflexive and inclusive leadership practices.

Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 7 July 2020

A new digital conference experience – 7 July 2020

This year’s Teaching and Learning Conference, which takes place on 7 July, has been re-designed as an immersive and engaging digital experience.

This conference will continue to position the spotlight firmly on teaching in a global context under the theme Creative thinking to enhance the student experience: From curriculum design to student success. The digital conference will focus on all aspects of teaching and learning from initial curriculum design, through improving assessment and feedback, creative initiatives to retain students, and work that results in improved attainment.

The event will offer live-streamed panel discussions and keynotes from Professor Paul Miller, Head of the School of Education, University of Greenwich and Professor of Educational Leadership & Social Justice and Professor Bugewa Apampa, Professor of Access and Participation, Birmingham City University.

This year’s conference will also feature:

• over 150 on-demand downloadable presentations from Teaching and Learning practitioners from UK and international institutions
• opportunity to interact with hundreds of other delegates from around the world in a virtual networking space
• a virtual poster exhibition space
• fast and furious Ignite presentations
• access to the digital conference content for 30 days after the event.

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.

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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.

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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!

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
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

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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

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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.