ALTO: Designing learning events for the online environment

ALTO: Active Learning and Teaching Online

This session aims to provide participants with the opportunity to consider a set of key principles to keep in mind when developing effective high-quality learning events. The session will take a structured approach and enable participants to develop a session from their own context (such as a lecture or seminar) and produce a plan that enables them to adapt their current face-to-face delivery into an online environment. The session will provide an opportunity to explore potential avenues for building in meaningful interactivity, and as such student engagement, within the session. The session will be delivered using a range of interactive techniques to showcase potential techniques that staff can adopt into their own context.

Please contact Rowena Senior if you have questions about the session and would like further information.

Self access recording

The live webinar session ran in June and July, but a recording is available on the ALTO Blackboard course, along with other self-access resources

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore effective core principles for facilitating online learning
  2. Design a learning event for their teaching context
  3. Select appropriate tools and techniques to facilitate their learning event(s)
  4. Consider how to enable interactivity in their teaching

How to access the ALTO Blackboard

The session will take place online in a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra webinar; to access this please:

  1. Log into Blackboard at
    ideally using the Google Chrome or 
    Safari browsers. Note that Internet Explorer will not work.

  2. Find the course Active Learning Teaching Online in the My Courses list on the right of your Welcome Page – it is a University or Staff level course.

    If you really can’t find the course in your list, please see this help page.

  3. Self-access recordings: select the menu item Designing learning events for the online environment and follow the instructions.

  4. Live webinars: click its title to open the course and then select Webinars from its navigation menu. Then select the session Designing learning events for the online environment to enter the webinar.

Please join the webinar 5 minutes early as they will start on time.

If you have not used Collaborate Ultra before, we invite you to join us in the ALTO webinar for a practice and orientation session 30 minutes before the advertised start time. We also recommend you watch this 2-minute ‘getting started’ video beforehand. You will need speakers or headphones to hear, and a microphone so you can speak to colleagues during the group-work that is a central part of this session. You do not need a webcam, although it would be great if you do have one.


Thursday 11th June   1pm – 3pm
Tuesday 16th June   2pm – 4pm
Tuesday 23rd June   11am – 1pm
Monday 29th June   10am – 12pm
Thursday 2nd July    11am – 1pm

How to book

Attendance is limited to 120 for practical reasons, so please book your place through the staff portal.

A step-by-step guide to booking for a session is available; we recommmend you search for ‘ALTO’ to quickly locate relevant sessions.


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