E-pedagogy encompasses teaching that uses digital information and communication technologies.  It is important to keep in mind that teaching online does not have to be about teaching online; computers, the internet, online platforms have become our pens, paper and workbooks.

Much of our learning about teaching online over the past six months has been fast paced and highly reactive. 

A recent discussion among EIS Learning Reps highlighted the benefits of taking some time to reflect on what has worked and what can remain within our pedagogical toolkit, even when the urgent need for e-pedagogy is not as great. Learning Reps also reflected that planning online learning and engagement takes time and is much more effective when working collegiately.

learning from mistakes in using online methods is as valid as learning from the successes.

Scottish Union Learning (SUL) has been providing support to unions in making the shift from face to face learning to the digital experience. EIS Learning Reps Mairi Green and Lesley Ann Macleod, along with EIS SUL Project Worker, Pauline McColgan, attended the recent SUL course Moving Learning Online, with a view to easing the transition of EIS professional learning into a digital space while public health restrictions render face to face learning events impossible.

A key take-away from the course and one that was endorsed by EIS Learning Reps, is that learning from mistakes in using online methods is as valid as learning from the successes.  E-pedagogy can be a good way of sharing the role of knowledge-holder, as those in the ‘classroom’- young people or other adults who are learning- often have valuable hints and tips to make the most of online tools. In a sense, by learning together about the technology, there’s a democratisation of the process.

Another important learning point from the course is that now more than ever, we have opened up ways of engaging with key people within a wider community interest in young people’s education – colleagues, parents and carers, and support services. Online options, carefully used, can offer ways into effective engagement with these groups.

There are vast amounts of information available on digital skills training online. To find out more, please read ‘Things I wish I’d known before learning and teaching online’ and ‘How do you translate face to face learning to an online format?’.