This page contains guidance to support the development of the course and module delivery plans during the 2020/21 academic year.
Implementing contextual plans
Departments have been creating contextual plans for teaching and learning for the rest of academic year 2020/21. Read our guidance around using contextual plans.
Example delivery structures
These indicative delivery structures show how different module teaching patterns might work.
Key module considerations
- Think about how to make your module inclusive so all students can engage and succeed.
- Consider how students can be involved in the design of your module and learning activities, and build ways for students to learn from each other into your learning activities.
- Build in formative assessment opportunities as a key way to engage students and monitor progress.
- Set expectations for students around engagement with learning activities early in the module.
- Ensure the module Blackboard site meets the threshold standards.
Adapting teaching activities for flexible delivery
Use the table below to identify teaching approaches you have used and find suggested blended learning approaches you can use instead, with the links for each approach providing further guidance.
Laurillard (2012) sets out six types of learning activity (Acquisition, Inquiry, Discussion, Practice, Collaboration, Production) and suggests that a balanced mix of several or all these different types is important for effective learning. We indicate the type of learning activity that might be taking place below in our table.
|Teaching Activity||Student Activity||Learning Activity Types||Blended Learning Approaches|
|Lecture||Listening, reading, thinking, responding||Acquisition||Flipped learning
|Seminar/ Workshop/ Tutorial||Active development of knowledge through discussion, exploration, and collaboration||Inquiry
|Blended seminar model
|Studio/ Lab/ Practical||Development of practical skills||Practice
|Group Work||Working in groups to explore or create||Collaboration
These models can be applied to a variety of teaching contexts, and further adapted such as for blended delivery of Apprenticeships and Work-based Learning.
Teaching activity considerations
No matter which approach you use, there are some overall teaching activity considerations to keep in mind to ensure your activity is a success.
Recording of Taught Sessions
A Code of Practice for recording taught sessions has been approved and provides information on the rights and responsibilities of the university, its staff and its students related to recording teaching. The Code of Practice has been developed with staff from across the university and the Students’ Union and applies whenever teaching is being recorded, not just when Panopto is being used.
Teaching Space Guidance
Guidance on teaching spaces has been developed to support you returning to teach on campus and sets out what the University is doing to make teaching spaces safe.
Keeping our Community COVID Safe campaign – PowerPoint slides aimed at students
We have created a PowerPoint slide presentation for you to use at the start of your teaching sessions. This is to help you to embed our safety measures, protocols and messaging around Covid with your students. There are short url links on some of the slides, which is where students can find further information.
- Formative assessment is a key tool to take advantage of to promote and monitor student engagment with learning. Read detailed guidance about formative assessment. Note that early formative assessment may be particularly important for level 5 students who were passed and progressed from level 4 without completing final summative assessments.
- Assessment Essentials has a wealth of information about online assessments.
- The Digital Learning Team has made an example model of how to support students with summative assessments.
Short placements, work experience and sandwich placements
The Placement Action Team continues to liaise with colleagues across Hallam to ensure flexible safe and meaningful placements.
- The Sandwich Placement Flexibility Guide provides course teams with clarity of the broader university offer to support students and employers to engage with sandwich placements along with suggestions of more flexible ways students can fulfil sandwich placement requirements.
- Principles to enable effective delivery and support for short placement and work experience modules have been updated.
- A new student-facing web site ‘Your Work Placement’ supports students as they search for, secure and complete a placement.
- New student-facing Short Placement online sessions to help students get the most out of their short placements.
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
The Laurillard Learning activities provide an adaptable framework for SHU’s diverse portfolio of subjects and courses. Use the framework as a planning and design tool, and be creative. See how the approach can be adapted for the Blended Delivery of Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning.
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