Digital Education Live Sessions: Designing for Asynchronous Learning
  • Time: 15:00 - 16:00
  • Date: Thursday 16 July 2020
  • Location: Online
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  • Cost: Free event
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Explore some simple but effective ways to embed asynchronous learning activities into your online teaching.

Whilst blended learning has become increasingly commonplace in university courses, the move to teaching almost exclusively online, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, has created a challenge for teaching staff across the education sector. Our commitment to providing students with a high-quality learning experience means we need to think creatively and embrace the opportunities that online learning can provide.  

Incorporating a variety of asynchronous activities into our teaching offers a great opportunity to enhance student learning. Asynchronous learning happens outside of a rigid time and place, allowing students to set their own pace of learning and to schedule their study time to fit well with other commitments. Like all modes of learning though, it is not without its challenges. Keeping learners engaged and motivated with little face-to-face contact can undoubtedly be difficult.

Join Jiani Liu and Michelle Schneider, Learning Advisors within the Skills@Library service at the University of Leeds, in this YouTube live session. Hear how they approached redesigning their face-to-face teaching of critical thinking skills into a completely asynchronous MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). As educators who were new to this form of learning design and who understand the time pressures that teaching staff currently face, they will share how they designed various simple activities that are easy to replicate, as well as ideas for finding and embedding ready-made material into modules. 

 Join the live session on Designing for Asynchronous Learning here 



  • Michelle Schneider - Learning Developer, and an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, University of Leeds 
  • Jiani Liu - Learning Developer and a Fellow of HEA from Skills@Library, University of Leeds