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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


Introductory guides to teaching in 2020-21

Teaching online isn't simply a matter of 'converting' face-to-face teaching. Our introductory guides identify some differences between teaching in person and teaching online, and offer some ideas and examples of ways to make the most of each.

While these guides address accessibility considerations throughout, we would also recommend taking a look at the DRC's pages on Remote Teaching and Learning, which contain some deeper guidance and signposts to further information.

In developing these guides, we have tried to keep the following in mind:

  • for many, though of course not all, teaching and learning online is a relatively new experience: start with what's familiar and try to keep approaches simple
  • we recognise that these times present challenges for many students and staff
  • approaches to teaching and learning must not disadvantage students or teachers with disabilities
  • practising, taking stock and seeking out feedback and ideas from students and colleagues are valuable activities - and take time, so need to be balanced with maintaining realistic workloads for both students and staff

In this section

Lectures, classes and seminars

Information about large-group teaching - lectures, classes and seminars - and the differences between online and face-to-face teaching

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An introduction to how supervisions online differ from those conducted face-to-face

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Supporting postgraduate students

Guidance for those supervising and supporting research students

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Sourcing online readings

Guidance on how to source and link to online readings and ebooks for your students, as well as resources and information about copyright and making accessible scans.

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Reading on screens (LibGuide)

Find out how you can make use of reading technologies and accessibility software to alleviate the effects of reading on a screen in this guide from the Libraries.

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