The Coronavirus pandemic has rapidly and drastically altered the ways we teach and learn within HE. On one hand, this has resulted in some practices which have been beneficial and innovative, useful to teaching more widely. On the other, practices have developed relevant only to the context of the crisis itself, which the institution and Warwick’s teaching and learning community will benefit from setting aside with intentionality when the pandemic comes to an end. Within the sector, there are calls to consider the shape of the ‘post-pandemic university’ and what we can learn about teaching and learning from this time (see for example, the recent series and articles produced by BERA and WONKHE, the recent UUK education summit, and the work done by the Post-pandemic University project). More widely, the RSA has been doing work to support organisations, institutions and society in considering their response to the pandemic, and how learning from this time can support more robust responses to crisis and change in the future, developing a ‘Future Change Framework’ as a result and the publication of a report into the value of considering future change.
In this open learning circle, we will consider what we want to take forward and leave behind from the time of Covid within Warwick, as well as what we want to restart, or deliberately not restart that stopped in response to the crisis. Focusing specifically on learning and teaching, we will have the opportunity to engage with the Bridges to the Future work developed by the RSA in response to pandemic, to frame a process of gathering insights from the Warwick teaching and learning community, both staff and students, and making recommendations to the university.