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From peer case studies, accounts from your Learning and Teaching Managers and a route for all queries, support is available to anyone who needs it.

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Development for Staff

There exists a wealth of staff development support across NTU. Our professional services teams have undertaken a collaborative exercise to collate the most relevant resources that will support you as you prepare your flexible learning and teaching opportunities for the new academic year.

To ease your access to these resources, we have collected that guidance and support here. These resources have been grouped around key themes, to support you in the development of your learning materials.

Microsoft Teams

This section focuses upon the use of Microsoft Teams technology within the flexible learning model of delivery. The support available includes information on how to install and get started with Microsoft Teams, plus further resources about meetings in Teams.

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SCALE-UP and Collaboration

This support section focuses upon a re-designed SCALE-UP induction for 20/21 within the flexible learning model of delivery.

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Student Engagement

This support section focuses upon the use of student engagement within the flexible learning model of delivery. The support available includes information on how to track engagement, how to book sessions with students using Microsoft Bookings and tips on student communication.

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Are you asking your Learning and Teaching Manager for enough help?

Learning Teaching Managers (LTMs) are assigned to each School to help support the quality enhancement, future proofing and inclusivity of all learning and teaching.

Each LTM works with the Deans and Deputy Deans of each School to help bring about positive change in the learning and teaching space.

If you are an academic and are currently in the midst of creating new modules and moving your teaching to a blended model, then your LTM may be able to give you much more support than you release.

We caught up with Michael Loughlin, LTM for the School of Science and Technology.

Michael said: “The quality of teaching and learning that we offer at NTU is superb and I know from the colleagues I speak to we are all keen for that to continue if not improve as we move more to Flexible Learning. To support my School I’m offering a series of workshops, drop in clinics and training sessions to help academics move their learning to a more blended approach.

“The sessions can be tailored to your need – we can run through how to complete a module development form, talk through any granular questions you may have or even attend your departmental level meetings to talk about the concerns that are specific to your discipline.

“Centrally the Flexible Learning team is emailing a weekly breakdown to each Deputy Dean, this should be being shared in your area detailing key milestones, decision points and timeline. Hopefully this is helping manage all our expectations over what we need to do when.

“The central team is also testing products and processes with the LTMs before they’re being issued – so if you see something that you don’t think is working quite right please let us know as we’ll be able to discuss that centrally for you.”

We also spoke with Kerry Gough, LTM for the School of Art and Design.

“We recognise we’ve achieved an amazing amount since the start of the global pandemic, and our staff have done an incredible job of transitioning their teaching to the online space. This has occurred at a much more accelerated rate than we would have liked. The next step for us is to enhance that offer with the careful curation of learning activities that provide a blend of on-campus and online activity, some of which will be delivered in real time, and other activities which will be made available in a way that students (and staff) can access at a time that fits around their own competing demands and responsibilities. This represents a new way of working for the School and there is lots of support available.”

“As a collective, the LTM’s network have been working closely with colleagues across our professional services departments as we make this transition. In a truly collaborative effort, colleagues from CADQ, Flex NTU, Organisational Development, and their Digital Practice and Academic Practice teams, as well as our Library and Learning Resources colleagues have shared their expertise and available staff development resource to support our teaching teams as they prepare for the new academic year. This has been collated in one place, which is accessible from the Flexible Learning website. It has been a delight to be able to work in collaboration with such a committed group of individuals.”

“In our School I am delivering sessions within Departmental meetings, as well as offering a daily online drop-in and more bespoke workshop sessions for course teams. We are working through this new way of thinking about learning and teaching together, to explore some of the opportunities that it affords us. In particular, reconsidering the traditional model for on-campus contact hours instead as learning engagement hours has really helped us to rethink what learning can look like in our freshly blended learning delivery model.”

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Further Information

For further resources, information and process documents to support the move to blended learning please visit the Flexible Learning website.

If you’ve any questions that aren’t covered here please speak with your LTM or email Flexible Learning.

Learning and Teaching ManagerSchool
Sarah BroadberryARES
Rachel ChallenArts and Humanities
Belinda FergusonSocial Sciences (including Education)
Kerry GoughArt and Design
Michael LoughlinScience and Technology
Ryan MurrayLaw
Nick PriorADBE
Graham ThomasNottingham Business School
Richard WainConfetti

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