Delivering a high standard of remote teaching

Our strategy for delivering a high standard of remote teaching is to:

  • use a minimum number of ICT-supported platforms and tools;
  • develop and document robust, reliable methods for remotely delivering teaching, learning, assessment and student support;
  • support staff to implement these methods during both development and delivery, including the provision of templates for Blackboard courses that incorporate best practice and a range of additional activities that have been trialled and evaluated;
  • support students to learn via these methods with suitable technical infrastructure and academic/social/pastoral support mechanisms.

For programmes or modules with additional or specialist requirements, e.g. delivery of remote practical work or specialist computational requirements, the Ed Tech Team will work with departments, AV support and ICT to implement appropriate solutions.

Tools and approaches

Standard ICT-supported toolset

Guidance on how to use these tools is available on our SharePoint site or contact us.

Standard approach for delivering remote learning

  • Use defined, documented methods prepared at College and Faculty level
  • Deploy standard Blackboard templates and learning and assessment activities at department level
  • Support teaching and administrative staff in developing and deploying these techniques at module level
  • Support students in learning remotely

Bespoke solutions

The Ed Tech Team will work with Heads of Online Teaching and module leads to develop solutions for requirements that can't be delivered with the standard toolkit. This may involve piloting of new processes, software, lab equipment, etc.

Further resources for staff

Further information on the pedagogy of remote teaching is available from the Educational Development Unit, while the Digital Learning Hub provide practical tips for online teaching based on their experience of delivering MOOCs. Note that these sites refer to software packages that are unsupported by the Faculty Ed Tech team and ICT.

Case studies and inspiration

Read about what others are doing and what students think about the remote learning experience in our case studies.

The Faculty of Engineering’s view, in line with advice from ICT, is that only software supported by ICT should be used for delivery of teaching, except where additional functionality is required that cannot be delivered using the standard toolset. In this case, the Faculty Ed Tech team will provide advice in conjunction with ICT.