Here you will find information for staff as the University moves to exclusively provide teaching and support for students through digital channels.
We are making the necessary adjustments to provide location flexibility where possible for all our staff and students with digital solutions and platforms in order to deliver work and to study remotely.
The Office for Digital Learning and the Centre of Higher Education Research Practice are running webinars to support academic staff with the transition to online delivery.
Details are posted on the ODL Sharepoint site.
Focussed on core institutionally supported digital learning technologies Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate and Panopto, the sessions provide staff with an introduction and connect you to colleagues who can support you remotely.
Each session will last for approximately 45 mins.
Sign up for webinars and a link to the session will be sent to you in advance.
Remote drop-in sessions
To join a remote drop-in session to help you with specific digital learning issues and you can sign up to Tuesday's slots.
All sessions are delivered online through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and you can connect remotely from outside the University.
Recognising the challenges of delivering live sessions and getting everyone together at the same time, these sessions are recorded and available on our sharepoint site.
Support for online teaching
Our blog post will keep you up to date with emerging approaches to online teaching and collaboration.
Our Sharepoint site is regularly updated with support materials to help staff in the transition to online teaching.
Quick Guide PDF
Our Quick Guide supports immediate thinking and planning
CHERP has developed a series of FAQ for academic colleagues, covering the planning and delivery of teaching, and how to best support student engagement.
ODL and CHERP Support for online teaching
The Office for Digital Learning has established a range of ways to keep in touch with our academic staff community and support the transition to online teaching. Stay in touch with the latest resources and guidance.
Your questions answered
When will remote teaching/lectures online begin?
From 9pm on Tuesday 17th March all teaching and social activities on campus have been suspended and material should be made available online over the remainder of the semester.
We are asking all academic staff to make these lectures and key materials available online and to liaise with students via Blackboard on any further local arrangements that may be required.
We have communicated to students that there will be a transition phase for other forms of teaching, enabling staff the time and space to address these issues in the most appropriate way at a remote local level.
All libraries, sports facilities, theatres, catering facilities and events will close from 9pm Tuesday 17th March, 2020.
How will this affect my student's studies?
Colleagues have been working to ensure that students whose studies may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are not disadvantaged at the point of assessment. There will be major changes to assessment practice to allow us to graduate and progress as many students as possible within this academic year.
Priority will be given to the final year of courses to ensure that award decisions are not delayed and as far as practicable, steps will be taken to protect student progression in a timely manner.
Consideration is being given to Semester 2 assessments and any potential scope for revision, however no change is planned to semester dates for students at this stage.
Any module changes whether in terms of content, assessment or delivery will be communicated to students as soon as possible.
Students will not be assessed on content or materials not delivered by any course or module.
If the delivery of a module or the content contained in an assessment are affected by the move online, this will be taken into account, where appropriate, when the work is marked.
What support is available to support remote teaching?
CHERP have produced a range of guidance and collated useful resources to support staff and students in preparation for increased remote teaching.
Further resources will be added as they become available - see CHERP for updates on a regular basis.
ODL will be collecting its range of blogs, guides and resources into a reduced number of access points at https://ulster.sharepoint.com/sites/ODL
What help is available to support remote access?
For many in the Ulster community, remote working is already a part of our normal working lives and this will be a relatively smooth transition. For others, some preparation may be required; advice and resources on remote working are already available at our COVID-19 website and you should discuss with your line manager what solutions may be appropriate for you.
We are continuing to make further adjustments that will enable remote working for a majority of our staff and further updates will be available via the COVID-19 site over the coming days.
Not all staff will be able to work from home and campuses will remain in operation at this time. Those who will continue to work on-campus should take whatever local steps are necessary to practice social distancing as advised by the government.
Further specific updates will be made available and colleagues should continue to work with their local teams to enable local contingency planning in each area.
I need to come onto campus to collect materials required for online teaching, will the campus be open?
All campuses will remain in operation at this time.
Some staff may remain on our premises where home working is not practical and campuses will remain in limited operation at this time. We will take all steps to ensure those who do remain on our campuses can do so practicing social distancing as advised by the government.