Teaching and learning
At Bradford, we want to ensure that you have an outstanding and vibrant learning experience. Given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on all our lives, to do this means we’ve had to adapt the way we deliver learning and teaching to ensure you can study and enjoy University life safely.
Blended learning basically means that you will have a mix – a ‘blend’ – of on-campus, in person delivery and online teaching and learning activities to engage with and participate in.
We are working hard to make sure that we can deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can and the elements of your course that can be delivered safely in person will be. Our campus-based learning facilities (for example, laboratories, workshops, the library, and most of our classrooms) will be open, but with added safety measures to meet national safety guidelines.
Different courses will have to adapt to this blended model in ways that suit their subject and their students. For example, courses that require access to scientific laboratories or include placements, or require students to work in practice, will all have distinctive needs that require distinctive approaches.
Most seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab-based, sessions are being timetabled for in-person delivery. We believe they are an essential part of your experience and a key part of our blended approach.
We have made a commitment that you will receive a high quality, purposeful campus experience delivered by the same excellent lecturers, professors and researchers as always. Most seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab-based, sessions are being timetabled for in-person delivery.
Whilst these will be delivered in accordance with national guidance to make sure we are safe, they will still offer the opportunity to interact with other students and learn from your tutors. As normal, you will be expected to attend these on-campus sessions because we believe they are an essential part of your experience and a key part of our blended approach.
We will be using a variety of methods to support your learning online. At the heart of this will be Canvas, our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Through Canvas you will not only have access to Zoom and Microsoft Teams, but a whole range of specialist platforms, materials, and resources designed to help you learn effectively.
Some of your lectures may be ‘live’ – delivered online to the whole group at a specific time – and others may be ‘captured’ – pre-recorded so you can engage with these at a time that suits you. Some smaller group sessions may also be held online (seminars or tutorials, for example). This gives you the opportunity to work digitally with other students on particular tasks or assignments, as well as to discuss your ideas with your tutor. Similarly, you will have the opportunity to meet individually with your tutors to talk about your work, discuss your progress, and receive feedback on your assignments. Online learning is face-to-face too.
To supplement these ‘live’ sessions, you may be asked to engage with online educational materials (sometimes called learning objects or packages). These are pre-prepared resources uploaded to the VLE that you will be able to work through at a time and pace that suits you so that you can make sure you fully understand the content, ideas, concepts etc. before moving on to the next one.
As with our approach to leaning and teaching, we have adopted a blended approach to assessment. Some of this will take place on campus (certain examinations, or lab exercises, for example) and some online (perhaps multiple-choice questions, or portfolios). And, of course, other assessments such as essays or dissertations will carry on as normal.
Placements, study abroad and work-based learning
We know that the experiences you gain from placements, work-based learning, and studying abroad are important and highly valued by you. Indeed, they are a fundamental component of many of our professionally accredited courses.
Given this, we are working with partner organisations and institutions to make sure placements in industry and opportunities to study abroad as part of your course go ahead as planned wherever possible. If this is not possible, we will contact you directly and discuss alternative or equivalent options.
For specific details about your course, please speak to your programme leader or personal academic tutor.