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Enhancing the Digital Experience

Education Futures supports the University to respond to the challenges and opportunities generated by advances in technology and pedagogy.

As a modern and adaptable University we have a unique opportunity to leverage these changes in a way that allows our graduates to, not just adapt, but to flourish, in this ever changing digital world. Education Futures do this by providing specialist advice and guidance on emerging trends and the potential impact on education, industry, and society.

The team support the University to plan, pilot, review, and implement, new ideas, approaches and technologies: enhancing learning, and developing our reputation for innovative learning and teaching, as well as our ability to adapt and respond to potential 'disruption'. In addition, the team also provide the ‘building blocks’ of digital education by providing a range of workshops and ‘how to’ for those who teach.

Education Futures Support

Education Futures will be offering a programme of training and support  throughout the 19/20 academic session. 

If you have any queries please contact Education Futures.

Education Futures Drop-in Sessions

These sessions are open drop-ins for staff to get support from Education Futures, delivered via Webex.  This includes support for UWS Baseline, using Moodle, or any questions about using technology in learning, teaching and assessment.​

You can access the sessions by clicking on the link below or by clicking on the "Book" link next to the session you want to attend. 

Education Futures Drop-in sessions

  • 24/09/20, Education Futures Drop-in Session, 1pm - 4pm. Book.
  • 29/09/20, Education Futures Drop-in Session, 1pm - 4pm. Book.
  • 30/09/20, Education Futures Drop-in Session, 1pm - 4pm. Book.
  • 01/10/20, Education Futures Drop-in Session, 1pm - 4pm. Book.

Preparing for online learning and teaching at UWS

This is a CPD programme running twice over the autumn. It is designed to provide staff with very tailored (Moodle-based) practical support for the 20/21 session. It includes three micro-modules:


Start Date 1

Start Date 2

Module 1: Designing for online learning and teaching

21 September

26 October

Module 2: Delivering online learning and teaching

28 September

2 November

Module 3: Assessing online learning and teaching

5 October

9 November

Each module is designed to provide staff with very tailored (Moodle-based) practical support to transition to online delivery ahead of the 20/21 session. This document contains a brief overview of the learning outcomes, content and assessment for each micro-module.

Each micro-module is delivered using a range of asynchronous activities and is designed to be flexible in a way that will allow you to work at your own pace. We envisage that each micro-module should take approximately six hours to complete. Within each module additional reading and resources are provided for those requiring a more detailed introduction to online learning.

To book your space, simply complete this form. You will be enrolled on the Moodle site a few days before the start date of each module.

Webinar Wednesdays

We'll be running Webinar Wednesdays every Wednesday in June from 1pm-1.30pm (running straight into a drop-in session from 1.30 to 4pm so there is an opportunity to stay on and discuss in more detail). 

The webinar can be accessed through the Further Support section of the UWS Baseline course on Moodle. No sign up or registration required.  Or, you can access it directly (you will be prompted to enrol on the coure is you haven't already). 

  • 19th August - Introduction to Hybrid Learning
  • 26th August - Adding active learning to your videos
  • 2nd September - Using MS Teams in teaching
  • 9th September - Converting courses from face-to-face to online using ABC Learning Design principles
  • 16th September - Improving the accessibility of content with Blackboard Ally in Moodle
  • 23rd September - working with groups online
  • 30th September - Power Hour of Writing

Catch up with the recordings of any that you've missed in our EF Webinar Channel on Stream.

Other Useful Online resources

Some of the other support available online:

For further information, or to ask any questions, please contact the team at 

Meet the Team

Lee Ballantyne

Education Futures is headed up by Lee Ballantyne, who has a wealth of experience in developing digital capabilities and supporting academic staff with digital learning design. Lee works across the University, across sectors, and with industry, on innovative projects to build capacity, develop our reputation, and generate new opportunities for collaboration. She is passionate about the potential of emerging technologies to transform learning and teaching, and is keen to develop our online learning provision to widen participation and embed digital skills.


Our Online Learning Specialist, Avril Edmond, provides specialist and professional guidance to support the University to design, develop, deliver and review its blended, online and distance learning. Avril has a particular interest in the use of technology to support online assessment and feedback practices, and researching emerging trends in this area.

Gordon Heggie

Gordon Heggie, Senior Lecturer, a Senior Fellow of HEA, has a strong track record of leading transformation and change in learning and teaching and has the gained the reputation of being a champion for distinctive, innovative and inclusive approaches to student-centred learning. Gordon performs a key role ensuring students and staff have access to a contemporary, innovative and 'future-facing' learning landscape that is research-informed and evidence-based. In addition, to encouraging and supporting staff to embrace the opportunities offered by new leaning environments and emerging technologies, Gordon is currently leading the delivery of the Cert HE in Digital Learning Design.

Angela Tinney

Our Education Futures Specialist, Angela Tinney, is focused on horizon scanning and identifying emerging trends and the potential impact on education, and on society, to advise and support the University to plan, pilot, review, and implement new ideas, technologies, and approaches. Angela has been instrumental in supporting the transition to the new campus and has provided comprehensive support for lecturers on how to use the new technology-rich spaces, including how best to redesign learning and assessment to augment the physical and digital experience.

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Last updated: 16/08/2018