Online teaching and learning: guidance for staff

This guide is intended to help academic staff deliver teaching and assessments online.

Academic delivery and assessment

Module convenors: complete the form below and use the information in this guide to make sure that students receive clear and consistent information to support the move to online teaching and learning.

Moodle essentials

All taught modules at the University have a dedicated module page in Moodle. Students have automatic access to modules they're enrolled in for that academic year of study, as do the module convenor and associated teaching staff.

Moodle is the natural online home for all associated learning and teaching materials, and assessment submission points.

When using Moodle, please follow these guidelines:

  • make sure 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 mechanism for communication between students and the module convenor and that this is clearly communicated;
  • present the information in your Moodle modules in a clear and consistent way.

Office 365 - Teams

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.

Learn more about using Teams. If you need help, please contact the IT Service Desk: email helpdesk@kent.ac.uk or phone 01227 824888.

Library

Digital resources

Email library-enquiry@kent.ac.uk if:

  • there are any essential assessment-related library resources that are not available digitally and tell us when they're needed by - you can use the digital-only version of LibrarySearch to check  
  • you have international students returning home to study and there are critical assessment-related digital library resources needed in the coming weeks.
  • you want to offer your students an online support session on using digital library resources. 

And please add a link within your Moodle modules showing students how to access library resources remotely

Using libraries

The Templeman Library and Drill Hall Library will be closed from 17:00 on Tuesday 24 March until further notice:

Staff are providing support by email, phone and online chat.

Accessibility

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:

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.

Assessments

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.

Our accessibility pages outline simple measures you should take to make sure learning is accessible to everyone.

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
  • microphone.

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.

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