Timetabling: we need to know your learning status
- If you are unable to come onto campus for teaching, we urgently need you to update your Covid learning status so that your teaching timetable can be adjusted.
- The Covid Learning Status registration facility in Student Information has been now updated to make a distinction between those who are self-isolating for a short period of time (due to having tested positive for Covid-19, or being in close contact with someone who has tested positive), and those who are absent from face-to-face teaching for a longer period of time (due to shielding because of underlying health conditions, or being unable to travel to the UK/Oxford). These situations are the permitted reasons for not attending on-campus teaching.
- The following guide explains how to update your status. If you have received a positive coronavirus test, have symptoms (awaiting a test), or you are self-isolating as a ‘close contact’ or household, please also tell the University using the Coronavirus reporting form so that we can take appropriate action to protect other students and staff.
Timetables and ‘bubbles’
- We are not able to take account of students' social bubbles in the allocation of teaching timetables or classes, but have put many social distancing and safety measures in place to ensure that our small-group teaching sessions are conducted in a Covid-secure environment.
Tutorials and 1-2-1 teaching with staff
- Your individual meetings and other non-timetabled teaching events with staff will routinely be conducted online rather than in a member of staff’s office.
- However, members of staff are able to offer students face-to-face tutorials in teaching spaces when that space can be booked and is suitable for a face-to-face meeting to be conducted safely and within previously published guidelines.
Advice for studying online
- The Centre for Academic Development (formerly known as Upgrade Academic Skills Development) has some useful advice and tips on how to study online effectively.
- Last semester, we asked students for their feedback on the transition to online learning. Students offered a range of helpful tips for when studying online. These included:
- Create a personal study schedule;
- Not to be afraid to ask for support from lecturer;
- Find or designate a quiet and distraction-free study space;
- Allow more time to study or complete assessments than you might think is needed;
- Get support from peers;
- Keep deadlines in mind and don't forget them;
- Submit any work slightly earlier than the deadline in case of any issues.