No 5 – How to engage and support students online #onlinetogetherVirtual Events

Monday, 27 April 2020, 17:00 CEST

EDEN webinar


In these uncertain times due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?
To address these questions and many others, EDEN is organising a series of practical webinars entitled “EDEN webinar series: Education in time of a pandemic #onlinetogether #covid19”. These webinars are featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning.
The weekly, one-hour sessions are held every Monday at 17:00 CEST, from March through June, 2020. 




Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, when educational institutions are not able to continue with their face-to-face classes, student teaching and learning is being moved online. A key challenge that needs to be addressed during this period is how to effectively engage with these students and provide the support they need. In this webinar Alan Tait and Simon Paul Atkinson will provide some advice on how this might be achieved and be available to answer your questions on this topic.


Timothy Read
EDEN Vice-president, UNED    



Alan Tait
Alan Tait is an EDEN Senior Fellow. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development at the Open University, UK, and Director of International Development and Teacher Education, responsible for the strategic direction of major projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, and India. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Open University from 2007-2012.  Alan is the founding editor of The Journal of Learning for Development, produced from the Commonwealth of Learning (; senior member of St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge; and Visiting Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Simon Paul Atkinson
Dr Simon Paul Atkinson is the vHead of Learning Design at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Simon has held academic leadership roles in New Zealand and the UK spanning the last 30 years. He has held positions at the Open University (UK), Massey University (NZ), University of Hull, and London School of Economics among others.