2020 Welcome Guide
What is blended learning?
Blended learning means combining online study with classroom sessions.
Learning. It's what we are all here to do. So we have made sure that coronavirus doesn't get in the way of your learning experience.
The changes to how you will study depend on the course you are taking. You will receive specific information about your course over the coming weeks but we are taking a combined on campus and online approach to teaching.
On campus learning
Where possible we will be prioritising learning on campus. This includes classes with your tutors and classmates. Class sizes will be kept small so you can distance yourself from others.
At the beginning of your module your tutors will tell you about your assessments and you will be able to submit most of these online. You can arrange tutorials with your tutors to talk about your assessments and get their help.
We will have rotas for classes in studios, laboratories or editing suites so we can guarantee high standards of cleanliness and access to equipment.
Some classes will be delivered online using Microsoft Teams, or pre-recorded so you can watch them at a time that suits you.
You can interact with your tutors and your classmates at any time through our virtual learning environment, Moodle.
What you need for blended learning
There are some things you will need to study online:
- An internet connection - all university accommodation comes with WiFi but if you are commuting or living in private accommodation, you will need to make sure you have an internet connection.
- A laptop, tablet or desktop computer - you will need a device to access the internet. It will need to support Microsoft Teams and other university software.
Our Aspire card scheme can help with the cost of buying equipment. We will also have laptops on loan from our library and you can book a computer to use on campus too. These will be cleaned between uses by our library team.
This year we are launching a new approach to attendance capture through the MyYSJ app.
This will make it easier for you to register attendance in sessions, whether they are online or face to face, using a unique code provided by your tutor. Registering attendance is important as it will help us to get in touch with you in case of contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
If you do not have access to the app, now is a good time to download it.