Coronavirus

1. Teaching, learning and assessment

The following questions cover matters relating to remote teaching, learning and assessment at Queen Mary and the support which is available to staff. These are being updated as further details and resources become available.

What support is there for remote teaching and learning?

Colleagues in the E-Learning Unit and the QM Academy are working to support staff to teach remotely.

The link below has details of the technologies and training opportunities that are available, and is being updated as further support is launched.

Coronavirus Help: Remote Teaching Technologies at Queen Mary

Are there any baseline requirements for online delivery expectations?

Yes, there are requirements for online teaching and academic advising. This is outlined in the Online delivery expectations document available at https://elearning.qmul.ac.uk/announcements/remote-teaching-at-qmul/#remoteteaching

How is Queen Mary addressing the impact of the coronavirus on assessment, progression and award, and what should I do?

The agreed Institutional principles and amendments to assessment can be found on the dedicated Exam Board pages of the ARCS website [http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/quality-assurance/examination-boards/ ].  These principles and amendments accompanies two further documents available giving advice on alternative assessments. One is sector-wide advice on alternative assessment options created by Sally Brown and Kay Sambell and there is advice on Take home assessment. All three are available on this site https://elearning.qmul.ac.uk/announcements/remote-teaching-at-qmul/#assessment

What advice is there around alternative assessments and take home assessments?

The agreed Institutional principles and amendments to assessment can be found on the dedicated Exam Board pages of the ARCS website [http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/quality-assurance/examination-boards/ ]. 

These principles and amendments accompanies two further documents available giving advice on alternative assessments. One is sector-wide advice on alternative assessment options created by Sally Brown and Kay Sambell and there is advice on Take home assessment. All three are available on this site https://elearning.qmul.ac.uk/announcements/remote-teaching-at-qmul/#assessment

Should I hold live teaching sessions at the time originally scheduled as per the Semester B timetable?

Many thanks for working so hard to migrate educational content on to QMPlus at such short notice.  If you are planning to hold "live" interactive events in real time (e.g. webinars), please can you try to schedule these for the time at which scheduling had already been planned for your module.  This should minimise the risk of session clashes where your students are required to be online for more than one module at the same time.  It should also help to even out the demand on the QMPlus server (hosted externally) if thousands of students are required to log on at the same time and so should reduce the risk of the VLE becoming unstable and crashing.  Your collegiality and assistance in helping to try and best support ongoing education in these challenging times is very much appreciated.

What have students been told about engaging with remote study?

We are encouraging students to engage with the online material which is now available, whilst recognising that in recent weeks there have been other priorities. We will also be moving our Staff-Student Liaison Committees onto a remote basis so that students can continue to give feedback on their courses.

What have students been told about examinations and alternative assessments?

Students have been informed that their School or Institute will write to them before the end of Week 11 on Friday 03 April to explain what form of on-line assessment they will be expected to undertake.

Assessment changes due to coronavirus provides up-to-date and complete guidance on our alternative assessment arrangements for students.

I have heard that Blackboard Collaborate recordings are only available for students to view for 30 days after recording. Is this correct?

No, this is not correct. Blackboard Collaborate recordings are not time limited and recordings from previous years can be re-uploaded for students to view as part of remote teaching.

Should I deliver my teaching synchronously or asynchronously?

We advise that staff balance synchronous delivery alongside asynchronous delivery in order to account for differences in time zones.

What have students been informed about extenuating circumstances?

Students may claim for extenuating circumstances in the usual way. However, in addition to the usual grounds for ECs students may claim on the grounds of employment and/or caring responsibilities (there are usually limitations on those grounds), and on a lack of appropriate equipment or technology to complete assessments. Household circumstances (such as a lack of private space in which to undertake an alternative assessment) will also constitute an EC for assessment.

Additionally, students may self-certify for assessments during the current situation, i.e. a student does not need to supply any supporting evidence for an EC claim to be accepted (but must still submit the claim itself, in the usual manner). (This is in accordance with a direct instruction from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.)

What information is available for Advisors?

There is information about support resources available on our Advisor Hub which covers a number of frequently asked questions.