Teaching and Learning
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You can record lecture content via Panopto Replay, or replace this with a PowerPoint presentation with audio narration.
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.
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.
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.
- Microsoft Teams (up to 250 participants)
- Google Meet (up to 100 participants)
- Adobe Connect (up to 100 participants)
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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