Learning & teaching 2020/21 - Support & Guidance

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.