The 2020/21 academic year will begin on 19 August with the PGDE and Year 4 of the undergraduate Education degree programmes. For all other courses, learning and teaching will commence on 21 September.
The planned approach* is that the first two-three weeks will be presented predominantly online, including the student induction sessions and early stages of teaching activity. Following this initial stage, the expectation is that we will then transition to a blended learning mode of delivery, over a three-five week period, with degree programme timing and arrangements made depending upon priorities, discipline, level of study and requirements.
For most of our students, new and returning, their experience of engaging or re-engaging with the University will be predominantly through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Myplace.
*Subject to the University’s priorities within the Scottish Government Covid-19 Route Map.
This page provides the guidance and resources for staff undertaking teaching where the normal capacity of the campus to support teaching and learning is interrupted.
Academic Continuity Guidance
Academic Continuity Guidance to support online and blended delivery has been developed. It covers live teaching (Using Zoom with Myplace), online collaboration (Using Zoom outside of Myplace), pre-recorded teaching, assessment, resources and support contacts.
Blended Learning Guidance
Guidance for planning and delivering Blended Learning has been provided, overseen by the Education Strategy Committee, with input from the faculties. This document will be updated over the summer. Changes in the document will be highlighted.
Staff development is currently delivered online by Education Enhancement and OSDU. These are updated on the Development and Training Gateway. Sessions include:
- Planning Blended Learning
- Flip Your Classroom
- Teaching and Learning Online (TALON)
- Blended/Online Course Design for Programme Leaders
- The SPARK class Course ReDesign
- Blended and Online Learning and Teaching Drop-In Sessions
- Teaching with Zoom
- Studio in Your Pocket (how to self-record)
- Success on Screen
- Getting Started with Myplace Online
Other Internal Resources
- Sharing Practice in Effective Learning and Teaching (SPELT)
- Procedure for Markers & Boards of Examiners in Response to Covid-19 (Staff, internal only)
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) Guidance for Pivoting Teaching, Learning and Assessment to Online or Blended Delivery
- Guidelines on the Recording of Zoom Teaching Sessions
- Guidance for the use of Transcription and Captioning
- Advance HE Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success: Flexible Learning
- Hodges, C., Moore, S., Lockee, B., Trust, T., & Bond, A. (2020). The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning
- Practice-Based Activities: Labs, Studios and Fieldwork. (2020). Responsive Blended Learning
- QAA Scotland (also included in the QAA UK resources)
- QAA Covid-19 Guidance: Preserving Quality and Standards Through a Time of Rapid Change: UK Higher Education in 2020-21
- University of Huddersfield Blended Learning Content Generation: A Guide for Busy Academics; Richard Hill
- QAA: Building a taxonomy for digital learning
- QAA: Questions to Inform a Toolkit for Enhancing Quality in a Digital Environment
- Advance HE: Creating Socially Distanced Campuses and Education Project