Your Learning Experience

Our approach to teaching puts student experience and choice at its heart and connects global cohorts in new ways.

You will study in teaching spaces and digital learning environments designed to enable shared on-site and online teaching and learning activity. Your classes and contributions will be recorded and livestreamed so that they can be shared – and so you can build a learning community – across modes and time-zones.

Fusion learning and how it works

Fusion learning and teaching involves a mix of synchronous sessions, where all students work together at the same time, and asynchronous activities, where students work at their own pace. During synchronous sessions, students on campus in Edinburgh work with online students who join the session via Microsoft Teams.

Our teaching model

For a range of EFI courses, teaching is spread over a five-week block, with the following structure

  • Pre-intensive activity – Usually a short online tutorial, individual or group work task. Predominantly asynchronous and done in own time, with attached deadline.
  • Intensive workshop sessions 2-day workshop intensive sessions, 9am-5pm local Edinburgh time, which must be attended synchronously.  
  • Post-intensive activity –  Consolidation or assessment activity and reflection. Predominantly asynchronous and done in own time, with attached deadline.

Courses will run parallel to one another, so there may be different activities running at the same time during any given week i.e. pre-intensive activity and an intensive workshop session.

There is a significant amount of group work within our courses. Expect a variety of student demographics and experiences to be represented, with online and on-site students working together.

Illustrative diagram of the efi teaching structure

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