Teaching Online 2020-21

An overview for LCC staff on the online aspects of teaching during 2020-21 under UAL’s Blended Academic Delivery Model.

Summary

Last Updated: Monday 1st March, 2021.

  • Term 2 is being taught fully online. It is expected that courses will revert to the Blended Academic Delivery Model for Term 3 subject to on-site access.
  • The UAL Blended Academic Delivery Model recommends which elements of teaching should be online.
  • Moodle sites for 2020-21 are available to staff from your Moodle Dashboard.
  • There is a new LCC guide (PDF) to creating Moodle Unit sites.
  • Guidance material (pedagogic & technical) is available at UAL Teaching Online

Blended Learning 2020-21

The UAL Blended Academic Delivery Model (UAL login required) recommends which elements of teaching should be on-campus, online or a combination.

The online core is recommended to include:

1) All briefings and lectures (live or pre-recorded)

2) Group Tutorials, Discussions and Seminars (some of these may be a mix of online & on campus)

3) 1-2-1 Tutorials

4) Enhanced and expanded resources (e.g. skills tutorials)

Adapted from p.2-3, Blended Academic Delivery Model (UAL login required)

Moodle sites 2020-21

Moodle sites for 2020-21 were created in August 2020. See 2020-21 Moodle Sites Available for details and the 2020-21 guide.

Guidance & Training

Online teaching is supported by digital learning specialists across the University.

New Staff Guide to: Moodle Unit Sites 20/21 (PDF) provides LCC-specific information on preparing Unit Sites. It has two companion guides for creating Unit Guides & Unit Assignments (see Teaching and Learning Resources).

The UAL Teaching Online website provides all the other online guidance material for planning your online teaching and using UAL digital learning platforms.

New guidance for this year includes an Inclusive Blended Learning Design guide to help prepare asynchronous learning activities.

LCC’s Digital Learning staff (Lee Leewis & Puiyin Wong) are available for advice via the Teaching @ LCC Microsoft Team or email LCCDigitalLearning@lcc.arts.ac.uk.

Training & Advice sessions

Blend-it

Blend-it: activating blended learning (Moodle login required) is LCC’s online, asynchronous course focused on digital pedagogies. All LCC staff have been enrolled on it. The course requires 6-7 hours to complete in full. To work through the content without engaging in the activities requires around 3-hours.

If you can’t access Blend-it please contact LCCDigitalLearning@lcc.arts.ac.uk.

Training Programme

See Digital Learning Staff Development (UAL login required) for a list of sessions and the booking process. Sessions include:

  • Getting started with Moodle
  • Designing forum-based learning activities
  • Creating Educational videos with Panopto
  • Exploring Padlet

The next block of UAL sessions will run 15-22nd March 2021.

Training is available from the LCC team outside of the UAL programme.

Digital Learning Platforms

The main UAL platforms for teaching online are:

  1. Moodle is the hub of all online teaching. It should contain up-to-date course information, learning material, learning activities (such as discussions), assessment submissions and all course communications.
  2. Collaborate Ultra* is an online classroom tool used to deliver live lectures and seminars online to large groups of students or for small groups and individual tutorials. It can be used for student presentations too! It is accessed via Moodle.
  3. Microsoft Teams* is a good option for one-to-one & small group meetings/tutorials.

*Live video & audio options require good internet connectivity which will not work for all students in all locations.

Additional UAL platforms

UAL’s other digital learning platforms are: Workflow (portfolios), MyBlog (blogs and websites), Panopto (video recordings) & Padlet (virtual pinboard / canvas).

Non-UAL digital learning platforms

There is university guidance on when it is appropriate to use non-UAL digital platforms for online teaching activities:

No support can be provided for non-UAL tools and there may be data privacy and accessibility issues connected to their use.