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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?

Due to the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Queen Mary has reviewed how we can provide learning and teaching for the 2020/21 academic year whilst at the same time providing a high quality student experience and maintaining our vision of being the most inclusive university of our kind.

Information and resources relating to blended learning are available on Connected.

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.

What responsibilities do teaching staff have to make spaces safe for in-person education activity?

  • Ensure that windows that are required to be left open for ventilation are left open (these rooms are clearly signposted with this requirement)
  • Ensure that any temporary fans supplying or extracting air to or from a room are left on
  • Ensure that furniture is arranged in COVID-Secure layouts
  • Ensure students observe rules on social distancing when in class
  • Ensure students do not change seats when in class
  • Ensure students take their sets as soon as possible after entering room
  • Dismiss classes row by row to avoid congestion at exits
  • Ensure students observe one-way routes
  • Maintain 2m social distancing from students (this is marked on the floor or with barriers at the front of each room)
  • Arrive in rooms 5 minutes before activity starts to check room layout matches the COVID-Secure plan and that windows are open (where required)
  • Be the last to leave the room to ensure furniture is not rearranged
  • Encourage students to wipe down surfaces and equipment with the anti-bacterial wipes provided before use
  • Not allow food and drink to be consumed in teaching rooms
  • Abide by, and ensure that students abide by, all signage and local rules displayed within the rooms.

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.

What were students told about examinations and alternative assessments during 2019/20?

Assessment changes due to coronavirus provides guidance on our alternative assessment arrangements for students which were put in place for 2019/20.

What guidance is available on assessment during 2020/21?

This guidance has been published showing decisions taken by the Education Quality and Standards Board (EQSB) regarding 2020/21 assessment.