Our aim is to provide you with an outstanding education while ensuring your health, safety and wellbeing during Covid-19.
This will be delivered through a mix of on-campus face-to-face and digital activities. This is called “blended learning” and we are here to provide support so you can benefit from all that this method of teaching offers, ensuring you succeed in your studies.
What to expect from blended learning?
We’ll be focusing on a “flipped” form of blended learning, where the presentation elements of a class (i.e. a lecture) will be provided through digital services such as our lecture capture system, ReCap.
Each course will tailor their blended learning to the needs of their students and the requirements of your course, which may require access to specialist rooms or equipment. The course team will explain to you how they intend to do this, but most courses will expect you to:
Some teaching online will be synchronous (it happens live) and some will be asynchronous (pre-recorded so you can work through it in your own time). You will most likely experience a combination of both.
On-site face-to-face classroom sessions will follow Government and Public Health England guidelines
Through blended learning, you will develop as a confident independent learner with an ability to engage with a range of digital tools.
Don’t forget to liaise with your personal academic tutor or module tutors for academic support - together you can identify any skills you need to develop. Also, think about connecting with a Peer mentor who can share their own experiences of blended learning and give you tips on what has worked for them.
We are here to help you get the most out of your blended learning experience through:
Our Digital Code of Conduct aims to ensure that participants in any online event organised by the University, such as webinar, video conference, online chat, or discussion forum, benefit from the activity and are not subject to abuse or discrimination in the digital environment.
If you have specific learning needs, you can also contact the Student wellbeing services for specialist advice and support.
Assessments that would normally take place in a face-to-face setting, such as in a lab, will be reviewed and where appropriate an alternative assessment method proposed.
You may find that exams that would normally be undertaken in an on-site face-to-face setting are replaced, either with digital take-home exams or with other forms of assessment. Your course team will inform you how your assessment will be handled.
Throughout your studies courses will also often provide formative assessments, using a mixture of approaches such as discussion, problem-solving, active learning and peer learning. Formative assessment does not contribute to your final grade but will help you prepare for summative, marked assignments and help you achieve the grade you want.
Turnitin, via Blackboard, will allow you to digitally submit work and receive and review feedback and grades. This will continue to be the case for most assessments run in a blended learning course.
Blended learning can involve more screen time than other forms of study, so it is important that you consider your digital wellbeing:
If you find you are having difficulty with your technology, you can contact the IT Hub for guidance. Support for using your learning platforms can be found in the Blackboard Help Tab.
I truly felt like a working journalist in the industry. The encouragement we have had from our lecturers evidently gave us the confidence and belief that we could do the newsdays remotely. It has filled me with confidence as the amount of content and stories we were able to find and produce from the limitations of our own houses was impressive.ChloeJournalist student on her virtual newsroom experience
The online sessions for Forensic Biology, especially the crime scene exercise, were very informative and interactive, with being placed into groups with different scenarios to complete a task. The online sessions still gave us the opportunity to ask the questions we would have asked in class and receive an answer. Overall, I feel the sessions were just like being in class but online and therefore, interesting, informative and interactive.CourtneyForensic Investigation student describes her positive blended learning experience
Our libraries at Canterbury, Medway and the Salomons Institute contain study spaces and facilities to suit a variety of working styles, as well as access to books and printed journals.