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‘That won’t work here!’ What can campus universities learn from their distance-learning counterparts?

Dr. Georgina Blakeley
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites
CEU Faculty to join us for


'That won't work here!' What can campus universities learn from their distance-learning counterparts?
Dr Georgina Blakeley
Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield

recipient of the eighth annual
European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities

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After having spent the last 13 years working at the world's leading distance-learning university, the UK's Open University (OU), I began a new job at the University of Huddersfield, a conventional campus university. My first question was if I could transfer what I had learned at the OU to a campus university or was the face-to-face context and student body too different.
This seminar will discuss the lessons that campus universities can learn from distance-learning universities in terms of how to teach and support students. These lessons include: beginning where students are with a trigger to motivate and engender excitement; online mechanisms of support; scaffolding of skills and online activities; and, different ways of working.

Dr Georgina Blakeley is currently Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience at the University of Huddersfield following over thirteen years as Director of Teaching/Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Open University (OU). In 2017she won a prestigious OU Award for Innovation in Teaching and was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Innovative Teacher of the Year. At the OU, she focused on leading the production of world class, blended, distance-learning teaching materials for entry-level interdisciplinary Social Science modules. She is research active and has published widely on Spanish politics, particularly around historical memory and democratization, and is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Iberian Studies. She also publishes on issues of citizen participation and urban governance in England. She is currently co-authoring a book for Manchester University Press on the recently elected metro-mayors in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.