On campus face-to-face teaching sessions, should be designed and delivered in line with the four key underpinning values and principles from the ‘Key Teaching and Learning Design Values and Principles’ document produced by the Office of Teaching and Learning.  The four values are that learning should be:

  • Active
    • Students actively engage in learning and learning activities
  • Applied
    • Learning is applied with problems and activities as a stimulus for learning. 
  • Social
    • Students interact regularly with staff and peers
  • Inclusive
    • Teaching and learning designed to be inclusive and accessible to all.

With social distancing restrictions it is expected that there will be 5 hours of campus-based time for each student, per week, for their course.   It will therefore be important to maximise the opportunities for engagement and interaction with students during campus-based hours.  Content delivery should be taking place online in an asynchronous manner, and followed by online synchronous and or face-to-face sessions. 

The guidance provides ideas for how activities can be adapted for delivery in face-to-face, socially distanced teaching sessions.  This resource is designed to stimulate ideas as to how a more blended approach could be taken with the on campus face-to-face teaching sessions and online learning.  Adapting teaching strategies and using tools from the University Learning Technology Ecosystem [internal link], can help facilitate socially distanced learning activities in face-to-face sessions. 

In line with the four values outlined above, the ideas below focus on activities that has potential for engaging students in face-to-face sessions.  The use of online tools, particularly collaborative tools will make the learning process more engaged and visible, whilst creating opportunities for regular feedback to be provided on work in progress. 

Our table of example strategies is available as a web page, or as a PDF via the link below: