As the University prepares for the academic year 2020-2021, Prof Helen Laville, PVC Education, supports the launch of a new special issue on Block Teaching in HE at the Journal of Learning and Teaching in Action. Inspired by the writer and essayist Lorrie Moore, Prof Laville said:
“Block blended teaching as a design solution gives us the opportunity to respond flexibly across the year, to manage staff and student workload and helps us manage campus in more controlled way. While the context for teaching and learning remains a challenging one, block teaching simplifies our structures and allows us to concentrate our efforts, managing one thing at a time.”
The guest editors of the issue, Dr Chrissi Nerantzi (UTA), Dr Gerasimos Chatzidamianos (HPSC), and Dr Nicoletta Di Ciolla (FAH), are now inviting contributions from colleagues from both the academic and professional community of the University. In their open invitation to contributors they said:
“As a response to the pandemic, some institutions in the UK (and abroad) are moving to block blended teaching in the academic year 2020/21 to create academic offers that are responsive and flexible to the current situation and the high uncertainty this brings for universities, staff and students. Our institution recognises the challenges this pandemic has brought to staff, students and the wider community. Together we are re-thinking our approaches, to re-imagine and embrace learning and teaching approaches that are flexible, inclusive and creative and celebrate the diversity of our students and staff.”
They are currently looking for contributions that capture staff reflections on the planning process of the move to block blended teaching.
If you are interested in contributing to this special issue or need any further information, please visit the Journal’s dedicated webpage and/or contact the editorial team.
Dr Chrissi Nerantzi, Dr Gerasimos Chatzidamianos, Dr Nicoletta Di Ciolla