The guidance on these pages is intended to support the continuation of educational activity in the event of any requirement to work remotely due to Coronavirus advice.
Online Time Limited Assessments (TLAs) – NEW! Guides for staff setting up online Time Limited Assessments as per the options published in previous communications.
Panopto – Provisioning your Blackboard course and recording content
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – Virtual Classroom advice and guidance (updated to include 30min webinar from Blackboard)
IT Services guidance on remote access to services
Support for Students using University Technologies:
Microsoft Teams is available to use to share information and collaborate with staff/students. For more information please see the following IT Services Support Page
LTD new wiki pages containing support & ideas for practice.
Learning Services have created a useful series of interactive guides. They will help you to develop skills in focused areas, with videos to watch, links to webpages, guides and more. Take a look at the Getting Digital Ready wiki pages for more info.
Blackboard Support are putting on 30 minute webinars also, sign up here (click to register to see available GMT times):
Identify priorities, be realistic and flexible where possible
- Review your sessions that you have coming up. Consider what needs to be delivered via a presentation, what needs to allow interaction, discussion or group work and also what could simply be delivered as reading with a follow-up activity.
- Ensure any content that students will be required to work through, read or act on is available and not hidden by settings or rules (adaptive release)
- Identify your new expectations for students, bearing in mind the different home circumstances and access to reliable technology or broadband
- Prioritise getting any assessments set up i.e. Set up of Turnitin dropboxes, or adjusting the assessment method if suitable
- Pre-recording rather than live delivery is recommended to minimise the risk of technical issues for you or students.
- Check your equipment – make sure you have what is required to deliver your sessions – i.e. headphones and a microphone. Don’t rush out and buy something – you may be able to use the hands-free set that came with your mobile phone
If possible, use tools and approaches familiar to you and your students. Keep it simple.
- Use tried and trusted communication methods
- If your students are used to online group work, use it. If they connect for Collaborate sessions, use it. If they access Panopto lectures, provide these.
- If using new tools e.g. Panopto or Collaborate then keep it simple, try it beforehand and always record what you do so those who hit difficulties can return to it. Remember the students may be unfamiliar with this method if you are.
- If you are normally confident in exploring and trying out new technologies, then perhaps build in a low risk activity to try out something new.
Communicate with your students
- Communicate with your students as soon as possible, informing them that changes are coming and what your expectations are for checking email or Blackboard so you can get them more details when available.
- Supply them with details on where to get help, and repeat that message regularly.
- Encourage students to support each other
- Provide ‘office hours’ when they can contact you