Tansy Jessop is an influential writer on teaching and learning, and currently PVC Education at the University of Bristol. I have met her on several occasions, and been influenced by her publications and her enthusiasm. She can be relied on for a thoughtful, realistic and optimistic view of teaching and learning.
In her WONKHE blog she sets out some of the positive potential in the pivot, as it is increasingly described as, to online teaching and learning. I have captured them below. They provide a positive perspective on planning for the next phase of adjustments to teaching and learning in the time of Covid-19.
The online mode “seems to
- personalise learning with students working at their own pace and thoughtfully going back to material in their own time
- trigger a shift from content-driven curricula (the idea of ‘covering content’) to carefully structured and selective bite-sized lectures with engaging tasks which
- help students get to grips with concepts
- draw out different voices and invite questions from students who do not routinely contribute to discussions in face to face session.
When on-line works well it seems to
- be more inclusive
- prompt student engagement, agency and autonomy
- take the focus off assessment and enable more learning through carefully designed tasks
- promote participation, writing and an enduring kind of community”.
Tansy Jessop’s full blog can be found at