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Academic Continuity


Introduction

This page provides regularly updated information focused on planning for modifying teaching delivery for a more online or blended approach. This reflects the current situation where students are unable to be on campus for their "usual" face-to face-delivery. Online delivery is not simply the replication of face-to-face delivery, but needs to provide a good quality, equivalent (rather than identical), engaging experience. This will vary across Schools and subject areas. 
 
When considering alternative forms of teaching, learning and assessment delivery the approach should be discussed and agreed with the Course Director, Head of Subject and the Dean of School.
 

Click here for Key Definitions Relating to Pedagogical Approaches and Delivery


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Academic continuity guides

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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. 

Here is a list of 10 points to consider when creating and delivering content in a blended delivery mode. These points are mapped to the updated Course Development Principles.

10 points to consider when creating and delivering content in a blended mode. 

Plus Icon Supporting students with disabilities and Reasonable Adjustment Plans

New information has been developed for the 2020-21 academic year to support students with disabilities and adjustment plans.  

Inclusive Practice Commitments 2020-21

Disabled Student Support Modelling 2020-21

Baseline Adjustments 2020-21

How can I adapt my assessment to support students with Reasonable Adjustment Plans?

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 

In addition this guide takes common adjustments and makes recommendations of how they should be adapted for new and alternative online assessments. The guidance has been written by Student Services and provides contact details for their staff who can assist if you are unsure on what adjustment might be needed.

Disabled Students - Exam adjustments for online assessments Guidance for Staff

Plus Icon How will you deliver synchronous online sessions? E.g. webinars, live lectures 

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:

If you are looking to use interactive content in the live session you can look at this video on using MS Forms in MS Teams (video link) or you could use Poll Everywhere (link). There is also a simple question tool available in Skype for Business. 

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. 

The library provide a number of student guides on using the synchronous tools available here: https://libanswers.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/faq/227648

 

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

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How will you share documents? 

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How will you capture and share lecture content? 

You can record lecture content using Panopto. Panopto will record your voice, video, your PC screen/s, Powerpoint slides and any additional camera devices you connect, and package them together for viewing online, usually via MyBeckett. Recordings can be linked with individual or multiple modules, or shared with specific people or groups of people. They can be edited to incorporate quizzes, add captions or subtitles, split larger sessions into smaller more easily digestible chunks, or remove superfluous content

To use Panopto off-campus, install the Panopto Recorder application. On a personal device (Windows or Mac OS), Sign in here , then underneath your name (top right) click ‘Download Panopto’. If using a University PC, install it via Software Center (VPN required - contact the IT Service Desk for further support). Alternatively, Panopto have recently developed a browser-based recording tool, ‘Panopto Capture’, which does not require additional software installation – see guide below.

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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.

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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:

If you are looking to use interactive content in the live session you can look at this video on using MS Forms in MS Teams (video link) or you could use Poll Everywhere (link). There is also a simple question tool available in Skype for Business. 

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. 

The library provide a number of student guides on using the synchronous tools available here: https://libanswers.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/faq/227648

 

 
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.

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Plus Icon How will I design assessments and support students undertaking assessments online?

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.

For students it may be the first time they have had a take home exam or and open book option. Here is a short guide that might help them learn about this form of assessment. It is from Gary Wood, a National Teaching Fellow at University of Sheffield.

 Preparing for take-home and open book exams : A student guide

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


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. 

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How will Students submit work?

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How will you add marks and feedback for students?
How will students receive marks and feedback?

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


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This page

This page contains links to guidance materials prepared by the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Digital Learning Service, IT Services and Distance Learning Unit.The page is updated frequently and the last time it was updated is identified below. If you have content that you would like to see on this page please contact Centre for Learning and Teaching clt@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Page last updated: 31/07/2020

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