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Inaugural AHSS Digital Learning Awards

The AHSS Faculty was delighted to host its inaugural Digital Learning Awards on 14 June 2021.

AHSS Inaugural Digital Learning Award Winners

The winners of the AHSS Digital Learning Awards (2021) were announced at a virtual awards ceremony, hosted by Prof. Jannette Elwood with special guest Prof. David Jones. This event was the culmination of a unique opportunity for AHSS staff to come forward and share just some of the wonderful things they have been doing in the realms of online and digital teaching. Over 60 nominations were received from all Schools in the Faculty and across five different categories. The winners will receive vouchers to put towards professional development, software/hardware purchases or vouchers of their choice.

Fiona Clark (Student Engagement) for the redesign of her Level 1 language modules to better engage with a range of online technologies and facilitate and support the move to online delivery (for both staff and students).

Alan Hanna (Innovation) developed a new module to enhance his students’ digital skills. Designed with input from alumni and business professionals, the module makes use of a wide selection of carefully managed online and digital tools to provide Interactivity, enhanced feedback channels and experience using industry standard tools. 

Craig Jackson and Jonny McGuinness (Innovation) researched and implemented processes which allowed music performance students to continue collaborating on creative projects using cutting edge technology; a unique challenge as students were unable to share the same physical space due to the Pandemic. Their patience in training staff and students allowed classes to run autonomously and with great success. 

Alan Maddock’s (Breaking the Comfort Zone) increasing confidence in the realms of digital pedagogies has been evident through excellent student and staff feedback. His 6-Week Mindfulness programme met the specific needs of a discipline, which usually relies on physical cues, role plays and close proximity, through his clever use of digital tools and alternative assessment practices. 

Joe Morrison and the Class of PHL3001 (Teamwork) collaborated and transformed this module using an innovative co-design approach. Using a range of digital tools, such as Miro and GatherTown, this is a really effective example of building online community and offering a voice to students in their academic journey. 

Karen McGivern (Thank a Colleague) has not only enabled her administrative team to deal with moving out of their comfort zone and into an unfamiliar online working environment during a testing time but has embraced the challenge of the Pandemic to enhance and progress the digital proficiency and online communication channels within the School of Law. 

You can access the recording of the AHSS Digital Learning Awards Virtual Ceremony.  Congratulations to everyone involved!

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