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Mixed Mode Education (MME) - the facts

What is it?
In the coming months we will continue to upgrade many of our teaching rooms.  This work will support you to deliver your modules on campus and simultaneously to students present online.

We are calling this type of educational delivery “Mixed Mode Education (MME)”.

What will the student experience be like? 
Watch this short video to find out more.

Read this guidance document for more information: MME Student Guidance [PDF 201KB]

What new equipment will be in the rooms?

What the room has depends on the room size and other factors.  

To find out more about what teaching rooms have, please visit the Timetabling Support web page. There are also demos on the Mixer site showing what sort of equipment the rooms have – go to The Mixer on QMplus and select the “Mixed Mode basics” tab, then select the “room specifications and tech guidance” section.

Another helpful document is our MME Troubleshooting [PDF 168KB], to help you plan what to do when a piece of technology in your assigned room is not working as expected.

Is this the same as Hyflex?
Hyflex is also an educational, hardware technology and infrastructure term that is used elsewhere to describe a particular educational design.  While the University expects all on-site teaching to be delivered using MME, we are not imposing a specific teaching design.  We are simply adding technology to rooms to allow simultaneous online/onsite education.  
 
Will I have to redesign my teaching?
In most cases, no.  To begin with, you should be able just to deliver the webinar you delivered in 2020/2021 - only this time you will do it in a classroom while still connected, as before, to Teams/Zoom/Collaborate.  As you gain familiarity with the additional technology you then can begin to explore ways to involve online and onsite students together.   
 
Do I have to use Zoom?  or Teams? Or BB Collaborate? Or . . .
No – the MME equipment is set up so that you can use any of these online platforms.
 
Will I get any training?
There are a number of ways you can prepare to deliver MME sessions.

The Queen Mary Academy offers a workshop to help you adapt your teaching for delivery using MME. You can learn more about that on our workshop page.

You may also find that you require more support for using certain platforms or pieces of equipment to successfully use MME. More information on technical training and support is available.

A guidance document has been produced to support teaching assistants who are supporting the delivery of MME lectures - How to support MME sessions (Stewards & TAs) [PDF 156KB]. Teaching assistants are also welcome to attend MME workshops.

I have an educational event whose design I can’t see working in MME.  What can I do?

First, attend the training.  If you still then feel that you are going to have difficulties, contact your faculty representative on the Scaling Up Blended Workstream:

S&E: Mark Maconochie, Diego Perez Liebana, Vindya Wijeratne

HSS: Rachel Male, Maria Adamson, Lucie Langley

SMD: Cassandra Lewis, Paula Vickerton

GENERAL: Stephen Buckingham