Remote Learning

What does remote learning mean? 

Remote learning means face to face interactions will be replaced with online lectures/seminars or alternative activities directed through studentcentral. Your Module Leaders will provide you with details of how the module will be delivered remotely through the studentcentral module area.  

How will my remote learning take place? 

Your remote learning will take place online. The technologies that we will be using to facilitate this will be:  

  1. studentcentral – any teaching materials, pre-recorded lectures, assessments and communication will continue to be delivered via studentcentral as usual. Studentcentral will remain your main point of contact between you and your tutors and any additional technologies that your tutors will use to support your learning will be signposted from the module area including information about any changes to assessment. Support from library staff will be available online and you will still be able to access e-resources. 

  2. Microsoft Teams– Microsoft Teams is available to students and staff via your Office 365 accounts. It is an online tool that can facilitate online discussions (chat) and enable you to participate in live seminars and lectures: https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/is/computing/Pages/Teams.aspx Teams sessions may be recorded – see recording guidance.

  3. Assessments –submission of assessments can be carried out as usual using studentcentral assignments or Turnitin, if you are experiencing any technical issues contact the servicedesk@brighton.ac.uk 

All of our learning technologies are available from anywhere so can be accessed by staff and students from campus or home. 

We anticipate Adobe will be available for students to download as well as SPSS and Matlab. 

Access to eBooks

Extended access to eBooks already in our collection.

To make it easier for students to access eBooks, some publishers have lifted user restrictions on titles purchased by the University to allow unlimited, simultaneous, access until the end of the semester. Please note that this does not apply to all publishers.

Use the Library Catalogue or OneSearch to search for and access the University’s collection of eBooks as normal.

Covid-19: Additional, limited time access to eBooks and eTextbooks.

  • Some publishers have opened up access to their collections and are offering free, limited time access to students. Details of these offers will be added to the Finding Books and eBooks page of the library Subject Guides. eBooks and eTextbooks that are available for a limited time will not be discoverable via the Library Catalogue or OneSearch. You will need to browse each collection separately using the links provided. 
  • In particular VitalSource is offering students the opportunity to ‘borrow’ up to 7 textbooks between now and 30th June 2020.  See your library Subject Guides for details of how to register.
  • Access your library Subject Guide via the Library icon on the Homepage of StudentCentral. For help and advice, or to suggest a book to purchase, contact your home library using the contact details on your Subject Guide. 

How will I know when to ensure I am online? 

Students should stick to the timetable they have been issued – this will ensure there are no module clashes. Module Tutors will endeavour to use these slots to deliver teaching or facilitate a discussion forum or direct students learning etc Module tutors will also be able to respond to student questions in these slots or through the discussion board, by email or via other technologies. For students who are unable to join a ‘live’ teaching session these will be recorded in Microsoft Teams so you are able to access the material at a later date. 

How will my tutor keep in touch and how will I get information about my module(s)? 

 The key ways that your lecturers will use student central to offer online learning will be through the module area on studentcentralHere you can find: 

  • Announcements
  • Module information 
  • Learning materials
  • Assignment Guidance
  • Information about where discussions area taking place – either on Microsoft Teams orStudentCentral 

Check the module announcements every day. Your module team will post information and guidance here. 

How can I get information on how to use Studentcentral? 

There are many resources to support you to learn online for those new to learning in this way. Help on using studentcentral.

If my placement is cancelled what happens? 

In the event of any placement being cancelled the University will review this requirement and assess where the placement is needed. Should placement work be essential to your course due to PSRB requirements, an additional placement will be offered at a later date.

Specific Placement FAQs are available for students in the School of Health Sciences.

School of Education students: The above does not apply to you. If you have any questions regarding placements then please follow your usual channels of communication by contacting your programme or module leader.

What is a Discussion Board? 

A Discussion Board is an area where you can post your ideas and share these with others. You can post comments in response to others, and this creates an opportunity for discussion to take place. Studentcentral or Microsoft Teams will be used for holding discussions. 

What additional learning support is available to help me with learning remotely ? 

Services at the university will be operating remotely. You can still contact your Course / Module Leader and Personal Academic Tutor, or SSGT.  The following services are also available and can be accessed remotely: 

  • The Library

As the libraries are closed until further notice, library staff have switched to providing a remote learning service. We are continuing to provide support via Microsoft Teams or advice via email for:

  • Literature searching
  • Finding and evaluating information
  • Finding and using images legally
  • Systematic reviews
  • Understanding referencing and using EndNote

We have enhanced the online library collection by including an increased selection of ebooks accessible through your subject guide. If there is a book you need that we don’t seem to have, or we only have a print copy, then email your campus library to see if we can purchase an electronic version.

Email us for more information or if you want to book a one-to-one. Contact details are on your subject guide and our inboxes are monitored 9-5, Monday to Friday.

If you have print books out on loan to you then these will continue to autorenew up to 99 times. Don’t worry if you’ve almost hit the maximum – we’re not charging fines.  

Equipment 

I do not have access to a computer and or wifi outside the University. 

Studentcentral can be accessed via a mobile phone: https://tools.brighton.ac.uk/studentcentral/about.htm. Microsoft Teams can be accessed through the Teams mobile app on your phone, which allows you to view and comment in live sessions

For students who do not have access to laptops or desktops to enable them to access remote learning the University is now seeking to address this to ensure that, where possible, all students in this position can be loaned a laptop; the coordination of this is being managed, in conjunction with Information Services at School level.

We are aware that some of you will not be able to collect a loan computer from the University, as you may no longer be here. Students studying at any level who have financial difficulty in accessing equipment to assist them in continuing with their learning can contact our student advice team for information on funds that may be available to assist them. Please contact studentadvice@brighton.ac.uk

Will I be able to access the library?

The library buildingwill be closed, but the online resources will continue to be available. Click on the library icon in studentcentral to go direct to your subject guide. If you need any help then all the information you need on how to contact us is on your guide. Access to the online library, e-resources including Box of Broadcasts will be available.

Thanks to Glasgow Caledonian University for their contributions to these FAQs. 

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