SISB1 - Experiences of Blended Learning

Day Day 1
Code SISB1
Start time 18.00
Room Hampton
Audience Work with Doctoral Researchers

Craig Dooley, eLearning Development Advisor, King's College London

Donald Lush, Careers Consultant for Researcher, King's College London

Session outline: 

The Centre for Doctoral Studies at King's College London, in partnership with the Careers & Employability Service, developed a blended learning course titled 'Advancing in Academia'. 
The course was designed to help current PGR students explore what an academic career is really like through the experiences of academics in their faculty, and how they can position themselves to get their first academic post.
Whilst the design of the course remained the same, bespoke resources were developed for the faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences.
The course was delivered over four weeks, with each week consisting of online resources (video interviews, contextually-tailored information), a scaffolded and facilitated discussion building towards an individual activity (e.g. an action plan), and a live webinar to consolidate and extend the week's online activity.  During the third week of the course, participants were invited to attend a face-to-face workshop on the theme of developing their academic CV.
During this session, we will share our experiences of developing and running the courses, what we have learnt and what we will address in future online and blended learning courses.  We will invite participation through both interactive polls and discussion points.

Themes covered:
  • Innovations in doctoral training programmes; new modes of delivery; delivering at scale, doctoral training centres/ partnerships, Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) and other cohort-based models
  • Employability of researchers; enabling career transitions, championing the breadth of researcher careers and encouraging intersectoral mobility