During the Coronavirus pandemic, training providers and educators have increasingly been adapting their teaching to an online environment. In light of this, July’s Heritage Chat provided an opportunity to explore the benefits and challenges of online teaching, as well as the implications for the heritage sector. Participants shared new techniques and technologies that have helped them to adapt to teaching online, and there was a great deal of discussion about how online teaching can be made accessible. Others discussed the potential for teaching heritage skills online in a post-lockdown world, particularly relating to apprenticeships.
The Heritage 2020 ‘Capacity Building’ group have been discussing the impact of Covid-19 on how training is provided, initially in the context of Apprenticeships, but they used the Heritage Chat as a way of widening the discussion. For anyone looking for examples of good resources or case studies regarding online teaching, the chat provided plenty of material, and we have summarised the discussions here.