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Learning Online

Although face to face teaching on campus has been suspended for now, the University is exploring other ways to ensure that your education can continue during the COVID-19 situation. Teaching online works a little differently from your usual lectures, seminars and classes, and there will be new formats to get used to.

This page will help you explore the new teaching formats you might encounter, from synchronous webinars to asynchronous methods such as discussion boards, and how best to make use of 'blended' learning resources such as screencasts to support the interaction you'll still get with your lecturers.

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Online Assessment

Even though learning and teaching has moved to a remote online model, you'll still get the opportunity to demonstrate your learning and get credit for your hard work. Some assessments might be almost the same as planned, such as coursework submitted online, but others might need to be adjusted to take into account the constraints we're all working under.

You will get details from your School about the specific changes you need to know about, but this page contains advice on preparing for and succeeding in online assessment, including take home 24 hour exams, and links to information you might find helpful on reasonable adjustments and mitigating circumstances.

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Independent Learning

Learning remotely away from campus poses particular challenges, and your academic skills might need to be sharpened up in order to meet them. You might need to be more independent and proactive in setting your own learning goals, targeted and organised in your approach to learning and more active and engaged in approaching the learning materials available online.

This page offers advice on how to take charge of your learning, making productive decisions about what to focus on and effective use of learning materials outside of structured teaching.

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Managing Time and Motivation

Learning remotely is challenging when you don't have the structured timetable of lectures, seminars, labs and classes, but have to manage your own time and motivation. It's likely that you also have other priorities and challenges to manage outside of your studies in the current situation.

This page offers some tips on how to build some structure into your day, work your studies around other priorities and keep up continuity with your learning as far as you're able, while still looking after yourself.

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Finding Quality Information Online

Finding and using good quality information from a wide variety of sources in your work is an important skill that demonstrates your subject knowledge and your ability as a critical thinker.

However, finding good quality resources online can be challenging. Information can seem endless in its variety, there are conflicting opinions, questionable data, and a fair amount of fake news stories. As an independent learner, you need to select tools and strategies that can help you navigate toward information that is relevant and that you can rely upon and trust.

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