Library resources update and reminder

From Jane Furness, ECA Librarian.

We would like to remind you of all the online library resources which you and your students can use for learning, teaching and research:

Your first port of call for ebooks and full text ejournals is DiscoverEd:

For ESALA, I would like to recommend the following:

The Architecture & Landscape Architecture Subject Guide:

The Architecture & Landscape Architecture journal article databases webpage:

[2 recent new additions to our portfolio of Subject Guides are an ‘Architectural History’ Subject Guide and an ‘Islamic Art and Architecture’ Subject Guide].

For History of Art, I would like to recommend the following:

The History of Art Subject Guide:

The History of Art journal article databases webpage:

For Art & Design, I would like to recommend the following:

The Art & Design Subject Guide:

The new ‘ECA Artists Books’ Subject Guide:

The Art & Design journal article databases webpage:

For Music, I would like to recommend the following:

The Music Subject Guide:

The Jazz Subject Guide:

The Music journal article databases webpage:

Two new database acquisitions which are now live are the Yale Art&Architecture ePortal, and the Bloomsbury Architecture e-Library. Over the summer we have also arranged a deal with ProQuest giving us access to 350 of their online database resources, and more news will be released about this soon at

I would also like to recommend and ask you to help promote our new Learn self-enrol course for all UG students, called LibSmart, which provides a series of modules to improve  students’ information literacy skills, including referencing. This new course was built by the Academic Support Librarian team over the summer and goes live on 7th September. Please see

Please remember that if you would like the library to order new books you can use the online recommendation form at any time:

You can access the full list of subject guides at

HYBRID teaching in Art

HYBRID approach in School of Art:

innovative and resilient, online-offline model of teaching provision drawing on the University of Edinburgh Near Future Teaching Project

For background, see book chapter by Neil Mulholland:


What currently synchronous teaching (course inductions, lectures, demonstrations, etc.), can be easily made asynchronous?

  • e.g. record course inductions, lectures and demonstrations in advance and place in the VLE.
  • Follow up asynchronous with synchronous Q&A on Blackboard Collaborate.

Aim to teach all synchronous activity on campus at 2m distance.
If campus is closed; have a clear backup plan to teach synchronously online.
only schedule synchronous activity on campus if it can be backed-up online. Only assess an assignment/LO if it can be assessed online. No backup, don’t run it!

Need to accommodate different time zones:

  • ∴ use of Calendy for 1:1 appointments and surgeries (tells local time in the zone students are working in)
  • ∴ running repeat sync Q&A sessions for groups using Blackboard Collaborate
  • ∴ Mixed mode triad crits: 1x staff, 1x student on campus, 1x student online. Enables 2m social distancing while keeping on/off campus students in dialogue. Minimises transactional distance
  • Telepresence to minimise transactional distance.: placing “always- on” or “drop-in” VoIP camera and monitor in each studio to ensure that staff and students can study together at any time.
  • Use of time-boxed stand-up meetings on MS Teams for courses to minimise transactional distance. Stand-ups last no more than 15mins and take place 2-3 time per week. Keeps people connected and informed.

List of tools that are currently being used for synchronous teaching in the School of Art:

  • MS Teams (using groups set up by Admin) / MS Teams can also be used for formative feedback
  • Blackboard Collaborate (set up within MyEd and add to Learn)
  • Skype (for Business)
  • Whiteboard in Microsoft Office 365 for live whiteboarding
  • WordPress can be adapted for live conferences and webinars:
    – Conferencer for WP BuddyPress for WP
    – Hopin for live conferences and webinars

Synchronous resources used outside of University of Edinburgh that students often use for their work:

  • Zoom for very large groups; webinars; large swarms, hackathons, edit-athons. (NB: University of Edinburgh doesn’t recommend Zoom; it’s known to spread malware.)
  • House Party for larger groups that want to have breakout rooms (Quarantini)
  • Whatsapp (secure end-to-end but need mobile numbers)
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • and other sandboxes people meet in virtually such as Roblox, etc.

Asynchronous, Time-Shifting

List of resources that are currently being used for asynchronous teaching in the School of Art, supported by UoE IS:

Asynchronous workspaces currently being used for asynchronous teaching in the School of Art (non-UoE supported):

[From Neil Mulholland]