Detyna, M (2022) ‘Bringing hybrid, collaborative and flexible delivery to life​’, HEA Teaching and Learning Conference , Newcastle.

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Active and collaborative learning can potentially be of benefit to student learning outcomes (e.g. Freeman, S., et al., (2014)), but it is important to consider how and in what way this can be achieved. Lee,T., et al., (2020) have detailed ideas around collaborative software, and a recent paper (Mehta, K. J., Miletich, I., & Detyna, M. (2021)) has shown how such tools may impact on student experience and innovation of the student experience.

This session will explain – both with reference to relevant theory, and in clear practical terms – how hybrid, collaborative and flexible teaching can be approached and delivered. Specifically, it will detail two main areas of research and implementation: one on collaborative digital tools and another on flexible learning, and how they interlink.

It links to the overall theme of the conference as it is looking at how and in what way flexible learning can be provided and to what extent it can be used to enhance student success. While the approaches that will be described have elements of success, we will adopt a critical lens, and reflect appropriately on the extent this can be used elsewhere. This session will also link to the thematic area as it will give pointers for enhancing student success through flexible modes of delivery and be clear on how and in what way this may or may not be achieved.

The intended audience for the session is both academics and university professional service staff at both senior and junior levels. The intended impact for the session will have on the audience is to provide both ‘nuggets of gold’ of ideas that could be used to help positively impact practice, along with an overall structure on thoughts of how this could be implemented practically. Participants will be engaged through an interactive section, and through reflective questions to consider how this can be implemented practically. We should note that while there are positive findings to report we intend to adopt a neutral researcher viewpoint. This session is innovative in that it elaborates on recent findings, and novel approaches recently adopted at this institution.


Detyna, M (2021) ‘Climbing the mountain of hybrid flexible delivery: Solving the challenges of simultaneous on-line and on-campus delivery.’ HEA Teaching and Learning Conference 

Freeman, S., et al., (2014) ‘Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 111, no. 23, pp. 8410–8415. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1319030111

Lee,T., et al., (2020) ‘Digital collaboration in design education: how online collaborative software changes the practices and places of learning’, Pedagogy, Culture & Society, pp. 1–15. doi: 10.1080/14681366.2020.1714700

Mehta, K. J., Miletich, I., & Detyna, M. (2021). Content-specific differences in Padlet perception for collaborative learning amongst undergraduate students. Research in Learning Technology, 29.

Period5 Jul 2022
Event titleHEA Teaching and Learning Conference 2022
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionNational