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Guidance for online teaching and learning

Teaching and learning online

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE WAS PUBLISHED TO SUPPORT THE MOVE TO ONLINE TEACHING IN MARCH.  THE NEW GUIDANCE TO SUPPORT STAFF PREPARING FOR 2020/21 SEMESTER ONE CAN NOW BE FOUND ON THE ITL WEBSITE; THIS OUTLINES THE APPROVED SOFTWARE ON WHICH IT SERVICES AND ELEARNING TEAMS CAN OFFER SUPPORT AND PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON USE.  

 

Thank you all for working hard to support our students and one another during these challenging times. To help you we have started to pull together resources from TLSD’s Digital Learning Services, Faculties and the Institute of Teaching and Learning to give you practical short-term support while you are working from home. 

We have 'how to' guides together with videos to support you transitioning your teaching online. We do not expect you to be using all of these tools, but to choose the most appropriate to use for interacting and guiding the learning with your students.  

The guidance contained in the sections below covers:

  • getting started - how to set up your Blackboard course
  • presenting your content - how to upload, create and manage content
  • communication and collaboration - how to engage with students online
  • options for assessment
  • links to Faculty support

We have started with the basics, and as this situation evolves we will be developing and enhancing these resources; please look here for updates and further guidance.

We would also recommend that you access the support and guidance available to you from Faculties: 

A Yammer Group - Teaching & Learning Online Network (TALON) - has been set up for staff to share their skills and expertise in online learning and to get help and advice from colleagues around the University. This resource will supplement the guidance provided on these webpages.

Further support is available from your Faculty eLearning team and the Blackboard Help resources. Further IT guidance on remote working is available on StaffNet. 

We know that you will want to provide the best possible teaching, learning and support to your students. If there are any additional resources that you think would be helpful to share or if you would like to volunteer to support colleagues with online teaching and learning please email at teaching.learning@manchester.ac.uk.

 

PLEASE NOTE: While a significant number of institutions transition from face-to-face to online teaching some external services recommended in this resource may be slow while they adjust to the increase in traffic; we anticipate that this will be reviewed and supported as we move forward.