Face-to-face and online teaching

Online teaching

‘Camera on’ policy

We would like to explain why we are asking you to have your camera switched on in Zoom teaching sessions. But we would also like to say that we know some students may not wish to have their camera on for very specific reasons, and to reassure you that this is OK.

Through our online teaching, we are working hard to make sure that your experience is as close to the ‘usual’ University experience as it can be. An important part of this is for you to have the kind of interactions you would normally have in face to face teaching, such as lectures and seminars.

We know that teaching sessions are most beneficial to students who interact fully in them. During a face-to-face teaching session, academics can see if students understand the subject, are actively engaged or would benefit from additional explanations or discussion.

This is why we are asking all students who feel able to, to have their cameras on during lessons, so we can see and appreciate when we need to make interventions to improve your learning experience.

As human beings, we pick up on visual cues from our audience and peers. Being able to see the reactions of others makes things more enjoyable and inclusive for everyone and will also enhance learning, so this is why we would encourage everyone to adopt a ‘camera on’ starting position.

We have received some early feedback from students to say that they welcome being able to see other students during their teaching sessions. However, we appreciate that for technical, psychological, child safeguarding and other reasons, people may not wish, or may not be able, to engage in this way. We understand this, and we will respect students to choose whatever mode suits them best.

If you would prefer to use a background screen in your Zoom class, which will only allow your image to be shown and not your surroundings, please follow the instructions on this IT Service Desk article about using Zoom backgrounds. Please note that only standard backgrounds from the existing library can be used.  

What we’re asking you to do when you attend face-to-face teaching sessions

The University has introduced a number of changes to how face-to-face teaching will operate as part of its Covid-secure measures. These are detailed below. 

Quick reference

  • Wear face coverings indoors on campus, including teaching rooms.
  • Check your timetable regularly.
  • Follow directional signage and instructional stickers to help maintain social distancing.
  • Arrive on time for your teaching sessions and fill the room starting furthest from the door.
  • Collect wipes to clean your desk before and after you use it before you enter teaching rooms.
  • Check in using the Brookes QR code in teaching rooms.

Oxford Brookes Test and Trace

In order to support the NHS ‘test and trace’ service and help ensure the safety of our staff, students and permitted visitors across our campuses, we have implemented a simple system to track attendance in a number of areas including teaching rooms. Details of this service and how it works can be found on the Test and trace, reporting and self-isolation webpage. 

NHS Covid-19 app and NHS QR codes

Certain locations across campus have NHS QR codes, including cafes and social spaces.