Use this guide alongside our guidance on:
All taught modules have a dedicated Moodle module page, that students who are enrolled for that year can automatically access. The module convenor and associated teaching staff also have access.
Moodle is the natural online home for all associated learning and teaching materials, and assessment submission points.
When using Moodle, please:
- Check that the Moodle module is visible to students
- Notify students of alternate forms of delivery and assessment
- Create assessment submission points and make sure they are visible (where appropriate)
- Make sure there's a clearly communicated mechanism for students and module convenors to contact each other
- Present module content in a clear and consistent way
You can use Teams to interact with your students, share their computer screen and collaborate on documents, making it ideal for tutorials, group work and smaller delivery sessions.
A ‘team’ has already been created for all taught modules at the University.
You'll get a Microsoft notification that your team has been created: please ignore this and wait until the University tells you it's ready to use. For now, please don't try to set up any 'teams' yourself.
Alongside Teams, please continue to use:
- KentPlayer (see below) to record and live-stream your lectures
- Moodle for sharing documents, resources and activities with your students
Help with using Teams
Resuming in January 2021: ask us anything about using Teams at the weekly Wednesday drop-in, 10.00 - 11.00. Paste this link into your calendar: Join the Microsoft 365 support meeting via Teams
If you need help, please contact the IT Service Desk: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01227 824888.
Is a digital copy available?
Please check whether there are essential assessment-related library resources that are not available digitally.
- Use the new digital-only version of LibrarySearch to check
- To order digital copies, email email@example.com telling us when they're needed by
Also, if you have international students returning home to study and there are critical assessment-related digital library resources needed in the coming weeks, let us know.
Offer your students an online support session
If you want to offer your students an online support session on using digital library resources, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Library resources from your module
Please add a link in your Moodle module to show students how to access library resources remotely.
Using our libraries
The Templeman Library and Drill Hall Library have reopened, with limited services and with safety measures in place.
Staff are providing support by email, phone and online chat.
Please make sure you continue to meet the needs of Inclusive Learning Plans (ILPs).
Online teaching materials
When developing online teaching materials, make sure they're accessible:
- Follow the Kent Inclusive Practices (KIPs)
- Follow the basic guidance for creating accessible documents
- Review the Blackboard Ally scores for your Moodle documents/slides and take action as needed
Captioning video and audio
Your pre-recorded lectures, seminars and group study sessions need to have captions to be accessible:
Running virtual seminars
Follow these tips for making virtual seminars in Teams accessible.
- If you use timed Moodle quizzes make sure you make adjustments for students with Inclusive Learning Plans (ILPs)
- Review the Blackboard Ally scores for your Moodle documents/slides and take action as needed.
Support students to help themselves
Productivity tools are free tools for everyone to help with work and study related activities, such as sending large files, dictation and text-to-speech
For example, Sensus Access can create accessible alternatives for non-Moodle materials.
For more about making sure learning is accessible to everyone, go to our accessibility pages.
Your technology needs
The move to online delivery of teaching and assessments means you'll need hardware, software and connectivity that enables you to work off-campus.
To access our online teaching tools, you'll need:
- An internet connection (ideally high speed)
- Access to a web-enabled laptop or desktop PC
- Some will work on a tablet or smartphone
For some services you'll also need:
- Audio playback
Most functions work across all devices, but do check what hardware, software and connectivity you need to use specific teaching technologies.
Help is available if you need equipment.
Technical help for students
The contact for students with connectivity or hardware issues is the IT and Library Support Desk.