The University of Manchester has been a leading institution in online teaching and education in the field of Egyptology for over a decade. This has been attributed to the strong and continued efforts of its educators including Joyce Tyldesley and Nicky Nielsen. The development of online education in the field of Egyptology has opened access for many via long distance educational methods.
One of the most recent goto publications which spans over a decade in practical and advanced online teaching methods, From Mummies to Microchips : A Case Study in the Effective Online Teaching Developed at the University of Manchester by authors Joyce Tyldesley (Professor in Egyptology at the University of Manchester) and Nicky Nielsen (Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Manchester) offers an insight into teaching and pupil resilience in the online community of learning.
Education, Skill Development and Employability – Getting the Balance Right
"This volume offers a detailed case study of the internationally acclaimed online programmes in Egyptology at the University of Manchester, UK. It distils over a decade of online teaching experience and student feedback, providing guidance for instructors developing their own online offerings.
Today, many universities are actively encouraging their teaching staff towards the development of:
-online programmes (programmes to be taught entirely online) and/or
-online units (units to be incorporated into "blended" programmes taught partially online and partially face-to-face)
Unfortunately, the staff tasked with the development of online learning rarely have access to the expertise that they need to help them utilise their teaching skills to their full potential. Technical assistance may be provided by the university e-learning department, but pedagogical and practical help – the support of colleagues with many years' experience teaching online – is lacking.
Written by experts, the book provides an invaluable guide for those wishing – or being compelled – to establish their own online courses within the humanities."Book Description – Tyldesley, J. & Nielsen, N. 2020. From Mummies to Microchips: A Case Study in Effective Online Teaching. ROUTLEDGE. Oxon and New York, NY.
From Mummies to Microchips is a publication which acknowledges the many individuals who are involved to making education a successful experience including educators and students. There is a balance that must be achieved in order to build an enriching learning experience. Travel, mental health and well-being, effective learning and future career prospects are all crucial considerations when assessing online education, teaching methods and considering the assessment of an individual's education. The benefits of online education encourages the inclusion of many students who otherwise may have had difficulties in attending scheduled lectures, who may have faced hardships with travel including distance and travel costs to their nearest educational institution, and the impact of learning compounded with these and other factors upon a student's mental health and well-being.
Online education provides a platform of a flexible learning environment that can impact positively on an individual's ability to access information and learn in an environment with less restraints on time, travel and other factors that might cause stress and/or discourage and possibly prevent attendance.
Recent research carried out by DEMOS (Glover et al. 2020a; 2020b) surveyed 20,000 individuals and found that 77% felt that they benefited in their mental health by learning online. DEMOS' research explores the benefits to an individual's mental health and well-being through online learning. The general and free publication 'The Stylist' (Geall 2020) discussed this latest research highlighting to their readers that employers were actively encouraging online courses, and employers in return acknowledged that they could see the benefits of these courses upon the mental health of their employees. Online education improves access to learning and training where employability skills and the continuation of employee skill development and further training can enhance the strength of employment and career opportunities, and thereby reinforce job security.
From Mummies to Microchips, this book addresses many issues that need to be considered with real experience from online educators. They address distance learning and how it has been delivered over the years, activities to encourage student engagement, access to online resources and more. Technology has permitted academic teaching and training to expand, encouraging global and equal access to education. By improving online teaching methods, delivery and resources, this can be a highly influential and positive mode of education. Tyldesley and Nielson's publication is bridging the gap in 'conversation versus action' towards online education, its delivery and its future. From Mummies to Microchips : A Case-Study in Effective Online Teaching Developed at the University of Manchester is available in Hardback and eBook forms via Routledge's website.
Geall, L. 2020. 'Taking an online course doesn't just have the power to boost your salary, it's good for your mental health, too', in STYLIST, March 2020. https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/online-course-learning-boosts-career-mental-health-wellbeing/362353
Glover, B., Lasko-Skinner, R., Ussher, K., Carr, H., Atay, A., & Jones, E. 2020a. 'The Learning Curve: How the UK is harnessing the potential of online learning', DEMOS. https://indd.adobe.com/view/7be4cbdb-e38c-4ceb-aa14-1afe1a9cfffd
2020b. DEMOS review of 'The Learning Curve: How the UK is harnessing the potential of online learning', 26 February, 2020. https://demos.co.uk/project/the-learning-curve/
Tyldesley, J. & Nielsen, N. 2020. From Mummies to Microchips: A Case Study in Effective Online Teaching Developed at the University of Manchester. Oxon and New York, NY.
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