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Ideas and tips

This page offers further ideas and tips for NTU colleagues who are preparing their modules for flexible delivery in 2020/21. This page will regularly be updated with additional guidance.

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Providing colleagues with advice and guidance in adapting and delivering flexible modules is an important part of NTU's learning and teaching planning framework; the below guides offer additional information and considerations that colleagues may have and intends to support these decisions with best practice and examples.

These guides should be read in conjunction with the guidance available on the how to develop a flexible module page.

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List of ideas and tips

Planning

Course level planning: ideas

The requirements in the learning and teaching planning framework state that course teams should take a ‘whole course’ approach to planning and this guide is designed to support colleagues with this approach and to provide worked examples.

Redefining contact time: a guide

Courses have traditionally defined face-to-face teaching and learning methods as ‘contact hours’ and all other forms of learning as ‘non-contact hours’. In flexible, blended learning the division may not be as clear. This way of learning provides a broader set of tools, removing barriers and shifting the definition to focus on the student journey.

This document is for guidance only and is to support planning and to help communicate with students. There is no requirement to update module specifications to redefine contact time for 2020/21.


SCALE-UP

Adapting SCALE-UP for blended learning: ideas

This document is designed to provide ideas to support delivery of SCALE-UP in blended learning in 2020/21. The ideas in this document are not requirements but have been collated based on examples of practice from across the university.

Adapting SCALE-UP for fully online learning: ideas

This document is designed to provide ideas to support a fully online delivery of SCALE-UP in 2020/21. The ideas in this document are not requirements but have been collated based on examples of practice from across the university.


Mixed Method Delivery

Facilitating mixed method delivery: ideas

This document provides ideas to support the facilitation of mixed method delivery in 2020/21. The ideas in this document are not requirements but have been collated based on examples of practice from across the university and externally.

This document should be read alongside Tips for using equipment in teaching rooms.

Tips for using equipment in teaching rooms - Updated 24th September to include information on updating Teams software

This document provides instructions for using the equipment in teaching rooms. It focuses specifically on using the equipment for mixed method delivery but is also suitable for general use for those new to teaching at NTU. There is also a range of guidance for using lecterns at NTU available.

Using MS Teams Breakout Rooms

NTU is trialling a beta version of break out rooms in MS Teams. This function will allow meeting organisers to allocate (either randomly or by design) participants of a meeting into break out rooms. This step by step guide is designed to support you to use this new functionality.


Other

Nottingham Business School ATOM delivery model: exemplar

This document sets out a delivery model designed by Nottingham Business School in response to the challenge of teaching large cohorts of students in 2020/21. The exemplar presented in this document are not requirements and are designed to support colleagues to design learning and teaching.

Tips for effective facilitation of online learning

This document is designed to provide hints and tips for facilitating online learning in recognition that students learning online may require adaptation of our traditional teaching and communication approach, especially given that in this context online may not have been their desired study mode. The ideas in this document are not requirements but have been collated based on examples of good practice and experience from across the university.

Safety, wellbeing and respect in blended learning

As we move to blended learning in 2020/21 it is important that we consider our shared responsibilities for safety, wellbeing and respect in the online environment in order to maintain a positive learning environment and to keep you and others safe online. This guide is designed to support you to understand what you can do to help.

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