Covid 19: Support And Guidance
On these pages you can find support and guidance to help with your planning and practice for learning and teaching for the academic year 2020-21. These pages will continue to be updated as we add further resources.
Elevate can also provide tailored support for your department in the form of consultations, workshops and facilitation of working groups.
Overview of key considerations when planning for the new academic year (Prof Wyn Morgan, VP for Education)
Departments are preparing for a blended approach to learning and teaching for 2020-21. This combines digital learning with the possibility of some small group learning activities taking place on campus for some students with social distancing measures in place. Comparable alternatives need to be in place for students who are not able to be on campus.
The University has agreed the following principles
- Ensure that students feel connected to and part of a community of learning
- Maintain the quality of our learning and teaching, prioritising core areas that benefit most students
- Be flexible in how we adapt and deliver learning and teaching, emphasising a teamwork approach
Although our Learning & Teaching landscape has changed, the five values of the Programme Level Approach have not changed and are, if anything, more important now than ever:
- Take a team approach.
- Articulate our programmes.
- Engage the student voice.
- Provide quality assessment and feedback.
- Prepare our students.
Web based guidance
How Elevate can support you
We will be running a range of webinars over the coming months on specific topics that will help you plan for the next academic year and develop your skills. They will include practical advice and sharing of good practice from across the University. This is the list of webinars that will be running:
Available to book now:
For further information and booking, see our events page
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One to one teaching support appointments
For individual advice on any aspect of your teaching including digital learning, you can book a 30 minute consultation. These sessions are conducted online via Blackboard Collaborate. This page also allows you to book appointments to talk to the Digital Learning Team, or to discuss any issues regarding LTPRS.
Support for departments
Support for departments/programme teams regarding any aspect of your programme. We can provide bespoke online workshops or consultations. Complete the request form here.
Developing Employability in Programmes
Careers Consultants are available to work with you to develop and embed employability within your programme. Contact your department's Careers Consultant for details. You can also access web resources on Embedding employability in the curriculum.
Online Teaching Community
The Online Teaching Community is an ideas sharing space for anyone involved in online and distance learning. This community is a space where you can tap into peer-support from others delivering teaching online, ask questions and share best practices.
The University Library - help for staff
How staff can get the most out of the University's digital library. More information can be found here.
Specialist Dyslexia/SpLD Tutorial Service
The Specialist dyslexia/SpLD tutorial service provides online and face to face resources for academic staff to support SpLD awareness and inclusion. Visit our webpage for further details. The specialist SpLD team can also offer tutorials to staff members who have a diagnosis of dyslexia or SpLD (or if they self-identify with such labels). More information can be found here.
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301 Academic Skills Centre
301 Academic Skills Centre has moved 1:1 appointments and workshops for both study skills and maths and statistics (MASH) online. Full details on the online offer can be found here.
We are working to further develop our online materials to best support students in transitioning to online study and assessment and will be continuing to add content over the coming weeks.
Careers appointments for students and graduates are available remotely by phone or Google Meet. Refer students to Career Connect to book an appointment. We are also offering a programme of online career skills workshops - see Career Connect events pages for details; and our website and online courses are accessible for students who want to make the most of this time to consider their career plan.
Student Guidance for Online Teaching
The Digital Learning Team have created guidance to help students with online teaching activity, and making the most of digital learning tools and systems.
The University Library - help for students
How students can get the most out of the University's digital library. More information can be found here.
The Writing Advisory Service from the ELTC
The English Language Teaching Centre offers a Writing Advisory Service (WAS) for home and international students. In collaboration with departments, we also offer English language support and academic literacy development through free part-time classes, one-to-one tutorials, and workshops, as well as an online support hub. More information can be found here.
Specialist Dyslexia/SpLD Tutorial Service
The Specialist dyslexia/SpLD tutorial service provides one to one tutorials for students who have a formal identification of a specific learning difference (SpLD), like dyslexia, and students who think they may have an SpLD. More information can be found here.
FutureLearn - How to teach online
Sign up here for the FutureLearn course on how to teach online.
LinkedIn Learning: Learning to teach online
Login via MUSE to access this course. More information about this course can be found here.
Digital Learning Helpdesk
For any other queries, please contact the Elevate team at firstname.lastname@example.org We will aim to respond within 48 hours.
Guidance relating to L&T quality processes during the Covid 19 pandemic can be found on APSE Online.