Academic identity & practice during a pandemic and more art by Sally Smith

Academic identity & practice during a pandemic, 2021

This video briefly presents initial findings of a study of changes to academic identity and practice during the pandemic (between March 2020 and April 2021). The data set comprises 25 interviews with academic staff at Edinburgh Napier which took place in April and May 2021. Cherished identities as educators were disrupted as staff engaged with students in online lectures, with limited scope for incorporating the usual personal connections and humour associated with face-to-face interactions. New technology adoption through experimentation and sharing of expertise was used to compensate for such limitations; together with valiant efforts, including being highly approachable out-of-hours. Early analysis of the data will be presented. The data is highly relevant to considering how learning and teaching at Edinburgh Napier can benefit from the individual experiences of the past year as we return on campus and seek to retain new teaching practice that has benefited both staff and students.


Prof Sally Smith is Director of the Centre for Computing Education Research, exploring aspects of student, apprentice and graduate experiences. She is Head of Graduate Apprenticeships and Skills Development, working across schools on new opportunities. She leads the Data Education in Universities, DDI Skills Gateway, working with colleagues in TBS and SHSC embedding data science in undergraduate courses and with colleagues in University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret and Heriot-Watt to prioritise inclusive economic growth in the SE Scotland region. Sally worked on this project with MSc student Christina Plum and colleagues Dr Ella Taylor-Smith and Dr Khristin Fabian.

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