Are you studying Humanities and Social Sciences, Writing and Film, or Writing and English Literature at ARU this September? Whether you're joining us for face-to-face teaching or studying wholly online, here's what to expect.
How will teaching work in trimester 1?
For those students who are joining us for face-to-face teaching there are four-hour blocks, one day per week. The rest of our teaching modules will be online, and students who are studying online only and face-to-face will be able to attend.
The online teaching will include ‘live’ interactive seminars and discussions, recorded lectures, blogs, workshops and quizzes for example. This teaching will be timetabled in time slots similar to the hours allocated to modules in usual years, just online. We will be using Canvas and Teams to deliver this teaching.
You will have materials on Canvas to read or watch, and structured activities that might include preparing answers to questions to use in class discussion, presentation preparation, and/or group work. The materials and reading will be set out in a weekly format on Canvas so you will know what to do each week. You will have weekly online times to attend your module classes via Teams.
The on-campus sessions will include activities relevant to your trimester 1 modules: for example, class discussion, seminars, quizzes, guest speakers, and assessment revision. These sessions will be subject to the Government safety guidelines on social distancing and cleaning and sanitising processes on-campus. Your on-campus session will be in the same room each week.
If you are not able to join us on campus, we will ensure you get a link to the activity or a recording so you can be part of what is going on. Assessments will be suitable to accommodate your chosen mode of study and won’t rely on you having face-to-face sessions.
If we face another lockdown in the coming months, we are arranging our teaching to be flexible enough to switch to online delivery. We hope this will not happen, but we are prepared in case it does. Our main priority will always be to allow you to study safely and confidently, whichever mode of delivery is used.
Will I need any specialist equipment or software?
Humanities and Social Sciences and Writing and English Literature students will not need any specialist software.
Writing and Film students are advised to check their equipment meets the technical requirements for Film and Media students.
Will I meet with other students online or on campus?
You will also have opportunities to meet your classmates and other students online and on campus through other social events and activities, as well as Student Union societies.
All your learning will be supported by bookable office hours with your lecturers, personal tutor sessions, study skills and study support sessions, and virtual library support and access.