From a teaching and learning perspective, we have responded collectively to the challenges that the pandemic has presented with great agility, resilience, and commitment. Our collective Professional Services and Academic staff response has allowed us to deliver high-quality teaching and learning for our students as we shifted from our emergency pivot to online, through to our blended learning delivery in the context of the pandemic.
During this time, as a sector, and as a University, we have reflected on our true purpose, and perhaps have a greater realisation that the decisions we make today as educators will determine the course of a generation's life and livelihoods, with a deeper understanding that we have a responsibility to prepare our students to deal with a more uncertain world than many of us have experienced until now.
In preparation for the University's transition to, and a continuation of, blended learning delivery the Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching created a staff training hub of resources, webinars and information for our staff during the 2020/21 academic session.
Now, as we move forward into the next academic year, and develop graduates who not only have in-depth relevant subject knowledge but are also adaptable and resilient, it is important that we further accelerate the transformation of our teaching and learning environment.
Utilising our successful network across the Academic domain, Professional Services and the Students’ Union, eight teaching and learning ‘scaffold’ projects have been mobilised for the next academic year:
- Supporting Transition to at Bangor University
- Digital Learning project
- Assessment and Feedback
- Welsh-medium/Bilingual Teaching Resource Support and Training
- Retention project
- Peer Observation Scheme
- Educational Attributes
- Flexible Learning pathway
Each of these will help us to deliver our dynamic approach to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year, maximising in-person teaching activity with potential for development as time goes on.