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Academic Continuity


Introduction

The content on this page is not about designing a full distance learning course. This page provides guides around putting teaching online when face to face teaching is not possible and/or your students are unable to attend campus. Online delivery is not simply the replication of face-to-face delivery.  In fact, it does not have to be exactly the same as the face to face delivery, but provide an equivalent (rather than identical) experience.
 

This page contains guidance materials to support staff in preparing for possible interruptions to on campus teaching and learning activities. When considering alternative forms of teaching, learning and assessment delivery the approach should be discussed and agreed with the Course Director and the Dean of School.


Assessment alternatives

This section provides guidance developed by Professor Sally Brown and Professor Kay Sambell, National Teaching Fellows. They offer pragmatic, general guidance for simple, alternative ideas for face to face assessment. At the end of the document, there is a comprehensive list of links to other assessment related resources. In addition they have written a document on alternatives to face to face timed exams which may be of use to staff looking at this specific scenario. 

Contingency planning: exploring rapid alternatives to face-to-face assessment

Replacing unseen time-constrained written exams with online exams taken virtually or take-away papers.

There is a clear long list of different ideas for assessment types, many of these can be done online. This sheet was developed by the University of Reading.

A-Z of assessment types

When designing alternative assessments that can be delivered online and remotely, there are a number of things to consider in relation to the accessibility of the materials and taking into consideration the needs of students with RAP's (Reasonable Adjustment Plans) and/or Exam Adjustment Plans. Below are two documents to assist in providing generic guidance.  

Guide to alternative and accessible formats 
 
Generic Reasonable Adjustments for online teaching and assessment 

 


Academic continuity guides

Plus Icon At a glance

It can sometimes be hard to know which is the best software or system for different activities. The resources collated on this page provide a range of recommended options.

 For an at a glance overview, IT Services, the Digital Learning Service and the Centre for Learning and Teaching have worked together to create a visual chart to help you to choose the best tool for your requirements. 

Plus Icon How will you communicate with students?

Ensure that students are aware of, and can access, the method that you have chosen.

Tool options:

Plus Icon Do students have access to their syllabus and assessment criteria?

You can make a digital copy of your syllabus and assessment criteria available within MyBeckett. 

Tool options:

Plus Icon How will you share documents?
Plus Icon How will you capture and share lecture content?

You can record lecture content via Panopto Replay, or replace this with a PowerPoint presentation with audio narration.

Tool options:

To use Panopto off-campus, install the Panopto Recorder App Sign in here > select MyBeckett. Underneath your name (top right) click ‘Download Panopto’.  If using a University PC use the ‘Software Centre’ or Contact the IT Service Desk for further support.

Plus Icon How will you facilitate asynchronous online activities?

Students can engage with asynchronous activities at different times and locations, as opposed to lectures or webinars that take place at a specific time and place.

To replace a group activity, you may wish to set up sub-groups within your MyBeckett module. You can choose which tools to enable for your sub-groups, such as discussion boards, file sharing, and wikis. It is also possible to use these tools outside of sub-groups, if you would like the whole module to participate.

Tool options:

Plus Icon How will you facilitate synchronous online activities? E.g. webinars

Some tutorial activities rely on live debate or conversation between students and this can be replaced with the use of online meeting tools that support speech audio and typed instant messaging.

Tool options:

Although other online meeting tools are available, we do not recommend using these (including Zoom) for ANY University business as they are not supported systems. This means that they may not meet all of our infrastructure, data security and privacy requirements. As such, you and your students may be at risk when using unsupported tools.

If you are unsure about which tool best suits your needs, our guide to choosing an online meeting tool to use with students provides more information about the different options.

Plus Icon How will you replace practical work?

Practical work is more challenging to replace but you could consider presenting students with scenarios that resemble practical work and ask them to use group discussion boards to propose appropriate actions or plans of activity.

Tool options:

Plus Icon How will you add marks and feedback for students?
Plus Icon How will students receive marks and feedback?
Plus Icon How will students complete module evaluations?

Tool options:

Note, please check with your Academic Services Manager to see if your School has a specific approach.

Further help and support

This page contains links to guidance materials prepared by the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Digital Learning Service, IT Services and Distance Learning Unit.

Contact details for further help and support are available at the bottom of each guide, directing you to the appropriate team.

For quick reference:

You can contact the Digital Learning Service via phone (0113 81 25410) or email (digitallearning@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) from Monday - Friday between 09:00-17:00 for help with MyBeckett, Turnitin and PebblePad.

You can contact the IT Service Desk via phone (0113 81 22222) from Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00 and you can access self-help articles and guides in the IT Self-Service Portal 24/7. Please note, the walk-in service desks will be closed from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.

IT Services have also put together a useful guide to working from home.

Page last updated: 09/04/2020

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