Confused about blended learning?

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What does "blended learning" look like at Staffs?

Staffordshire University have announced that they are taking a "blended learning" approach to study, but what does that mean?

 

We'd recommend first watching the full video below before reading further...

Watched enough videos lately? Here's a breakdown of what the video says:

"Staffordshire University shifted to remote learning and teaching in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this period, our team has also been busy developing a comprehensive suite of delivery models that will support our transition out of lockdown. Blended learning lies at the heart of our approach, but what does this actually mean? What can our students expect from September 2020 onwards? As we begin to reopen our campuses, social distancing will play a crucial role in ensuring a COVID-secure environment for everyone.

For this reason, all lectures during our first semester will be delivered virtually – because full lecture theatres do not lend themselves to effective social distancing. However, we also appreciate that our state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge facilities play an important role in supporting the success of our curious and daring students, so we plan to welcome our community back onto campus in a phased manner, delivering a selection of on-site activities – such as teaching in smaller groups – within a COVID-secure learning environment.

The relationships you build with peers, academics and external partners represent an essential part of the Staffordshire University experience, which is why all our students will benefit from an enhanced and extended period of welcome and development activities from September 2020 – offering you plenty of opportunities to grow your skills, make friends and enjoy our amazing social scene. Our Connected University has all the tools and services necessary to support our students’ learning and development through a combination of virtual and on-campus delivery.

Blended learning means that we can continue to ensure the health safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and local communities, while delivering a first-class educational experience. Our students, staff and partners have proven time and again that we can overcome any obstacle when we work together. So rest assured that Staffs will be back in September 2020 and, when it’s time to come back, we want you to know…

We’ve got your back!"

 

Simply put... (as explained by Scott)

Blended learning has two key elements:

  • "Physical stuff": Delivered safely on campus. Could include your tutorials, accessing the library, labs, stores etc. 
  • "Digital stuff": At home. Likely just to be your lecture, but delivered to the same high standard, just at home safely - this is because it's not practical to deliver large scale lectures in person.

All of this however depends on your course's specific needs and changes in Government guidance.

But what about the social side of things?

In terms of the social side, it's unlikely that clubnights will return for the first semester, we're hoping to and working on safely reopening our facilities like our bars and catering, as well as including looking at how clubs and societies and other #GiveItAGo activities can go ahead. Our first priority is always your safety and wellbeing.

We'll let you know the details of our services, activities and venues as soon as we can.

 


Have you got something to say about how "blended learning" might affect your University experience at Staffs? Share your views with us by emailing union@staffs.ac.uk.

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