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Learning and Teaching Academic Year 2020/21

As Government guidance for Universities continues to be released, we continue to ensure that our two overarching principles guide our approach to your learning and teaching experience in 2020-2021;

  • Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and wider community
  • Providing high quality face to face learning and teaching for all of our new and returning students, supported and enriched by online learning.

The University is proud of the ways in which it delivers its learning, teaching and assessment, and is committed to ensuring a high quality experience for all students, one in which you begin to develop your confidence as a University student, develop your core academic skills and of course, your subject knowledge.

Blended learning

Our courses are delivered using an approach called ‘blended learning’. Blended learning is an approach which brings together experiences across any of the environments you will learn in.

The key features of our blended delivery during academic year 2020-21 are:
 

  • All lectures will be delivered online using a tool called “virtual classroom”
  • All learning materials will be available via Brightspace (our online learning environment, which includes “virtual classroom”)
  • Small group seminars and group and individual tutorials will be delivered face to face on campus
  • There will be access to specialist facilities including laboratories, clinical simulation and art studios
  • Access to resources and some study spaces in the library.

It is important that all students access Brightspace once they have received their IT credentials, and actively participate in activities created there. If you have a mobile device, we encourage you to download the Brightspace app, Pulse, so that you receive immediate updates and notifications for new resources, release of feedback and any other updates related to your course. You can find more information on downloading the app on our webpages https://libguides.uos.ac.uk/brightspace-student-support/mobile-app 

Blended learning, and the use of Brightspace will be central to your experience. In the event of further impacts from COVID-19, such as a second wave or lockdown, we will increase the use of Brightspace for other activities, such as seminars and tutorials. In doing this we are able to ensure that you can continue with your learning, and progress through your course with minimal disruption.