ALTO: Active Learning and Teaching Online

ALTO: Active Learning and Teaching Online

The Education Team (formerly CLIPP) is pleased to launch ALTO: a series of professional development sessions and training events designed to help you develop and deliver high-quality, flexible online and blended learning to our students as part of the ‘Aston Approach’.

The first three of these sessions are now available for booking (see details below).  They provide a solid, evidence-based foundation for your plans for academic delivery from 2020/21 through the introduction and exploration of key principles and themes, challenges and practical suggestions for your practice.

Further sessions are being developed to complement these introductory workshops as part of the ALTO programme.  These will cover specific learning technology tools and educational approaches e.g. “Active Learning in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra”.

The links below include details of each session, dates and times, booking information and how to access the online resources and webinar.

Adapting your modules for online and blended learning

Designing learning events for the online environment

Designing effective online assessments 

Accessing the ALTO sessions

All sessions are delivered as webinars using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and can be accessed via the ALTO Blackboard course. All staff have been automatically enrolled in this course, so you should see it listed under My Courses when you log in to Blackboard.

If you can’t see the ALTO course listed, take a look at this help page.

We strongly recommend that you use an up-to-date version of the Google Chrome browser. Firefox and Safari should work OK, but Internet Explorer and Edge will not.

If you are using a work (managed) laptop, you can download and install Chrome by following these instructions on Solve. You’ll need to connect to Aston via the VPN first.