Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland

Webinar on Teaching and Learning Post-Covid: What Lies Ahead?

The Quality Board hosted a webinar on 2 March 2021 titled Teaching and Learning Post-Covid: What Lies Ahead? 

Please find video recordings of Presentations and Panel Discussions below. Presentations are also available as pdf files below.

COVID-19 has accelerated the trend toward the development of online learning in Iceland as well as in the rest of the world and many lessons have been learned during this period. This webinar was a unique opportunity for universities to meet, share expertise, and learn from their peers about different ways to organise and assure the quality of online education. However, while drawing lessons from this unique experience is essential, it is not sufficient. It is also important to identify good practices that could be used and embedded in the post-COVID world to enhance all forms of education, whether online, face-to-face and hybrid. 

The webinar focused on enhancing the quality of online education, with special attention on the following questions:

  • How can institutions facilitate and support the quality of online delivery, including the integrity of student assessment?
  • What have been the students’ and the staff’s experience of online learning?
  • What lessons can we draw from this experience and what practices should be retained and embedded in the future?
  • To what extent could greater institutional cooperation in Iceland help enhance the effectiveness and value of on-line delivery? What would be the infrastructural requirements?
  • To what extent and in what ways can online teaching increase the opportunities for international cooperation?

Video 1 


Welcome and introduction (starts at 00:02:24)

Andrée Sursock, Chair, Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education

 Developing and strengthening the quality of learning and teaching: International considerations (starts at 00:07:37)

Chair: Guðrún Geirsdóttir, Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning, University of Iceland

  1. Institutional strategies for digitally-enhanced learning and teaching: European Trends, by Michael Gaebel, Director of Higher Education Policy, European University Association (starts at 00:11:02) Download PDF.
  2. Main challenges and opportunities of online education, by Kimberly Bogle Jubinville, Sr. Vice President of Academic Quality, Accreditation & Support, Southern New Hampshire University (starts at 00:35:33) Download PDF.

 The experience of online learning: Views from the students (starts at 01:00:39 )

Chair: Jóhanna Ásgeirsdóttir, President of LÍS, the National Union of Icelandic Students 

  1. Isabel Alejandra Diaz, President, The Student Council of the University of Iceland
  2. Sigtýr Ægir Kára, President, The IUA Student Council
  3. Steinunn Alda Gunnarsdóttir, President, The Union of Students at the University of Akureyri 
  4. Úlfur Atli Stefaníuson, Event Coordinator, The Student Association of Bifröst University
Video 2

The experience of online learning: Views from the academic staff

Chair: Auðbjörg Björnsdóttir, Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning at University of Akureyri 

  1. Is there anybody out there? Teaching during COVID, by Helena Guttormsdóttir, Assistant Professor, Agricultural University of Iceland (starts at 00:00:00) video only.
  2. A teacher by heart and soul: Case Study of transporting practical training into the online space, by Ingimar Ólafsson Waage, Assistant Professor, Art Education and Vigdís Gunnarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer, Art Education, Icelandic University of the Arts (starts at 00:11:15) Download PDF.
  3. "Dad, you are a YouTuber!"  - A case for absence, silence and variance in Higher Education online video lecturing, by Njörður Sigurjónsson, Professor and Dean of Department of Social Science and Law, Bifröst University (starts at 00:27:21) Download PDF.
  4. Supporting teaching staff transitioning to online teaching: the educational developer's point-of-view, by Matthew Whelpton, Professor and Educational Developer, School of Humanities, University of Iceland (starts at 00:40:50) Download PDF.
  5. The challenges of teaching and assessing students at University during a pandemic, by Axel Hall, Assistant Professor, Business Department, Reykjavík University (starts at 00:51:59) Download PDF.
  6. Fostering an online learning community, by Bergljót Borg, Adjunct, Occupational Therapy, University of Akureyri (starts at 01:02:01) Download PDF.
  7. Moving on from on site practical training to online training. An example from the aquaculture diploma programme, by Camille Leblanc, Associate Professor, Department of Aquaculture and Fish Biology, Hólar University (starts at 01:14:16) Download PDF.

Wrap-up (starts at 01:34:13)

Norman Sharp, Vice-Chair, Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education


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