Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

We are offering a blend of on-campus learning and online learning that delivers a high-quality university experience while prioritising the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and colleagues. 

We aim on most courses to provide at least five hours of on-campus timetabled learning per student each week during each semester/block, with the remainder delivered online. Please note that the number of students we can accommodate and the time students spend on campus and in classrooms is worked out based on current UK government advice, which may be subject to change. 

You can view your timetable via the timetable app on the Student Portal. Only your on-campus and ‘real-time’ online sessions will appear in your timetable. All other sessions/materials will not appear in your timetable, and will be accessible via Aula as directed by your course director.

Please note that the number of students we can accommodate on campus and in classrooms is worked out based on current government advice, which is subject to change.

If you are having an issue with your timetable, including missing or incorrect information, please speak to the Student Engagement Centre for support to resolve the problem.

We have multiple intakes for many of our courses throughout the year, including in January, May and September, and you can still join us at a time that suits you. You can choose to join us with a blend of on-campus and online learning, or fully online – details of how this works are provided below.

Term dates across all of our campuses are continuing as normal for all students. Please visit the relevant webpage for more details

In line with current government guidance, we are continuing to offer a blend of on-campus and online learning*.

Most courses provide at least five hours of on-campus timetabled learning per student each week during each semester/block, with the remainder delivered online.

We also have a fully online route for many of our courses as long as there are no specific requirements for on-campus activity (e.g. laboratory, workshop, simulation sessions) that cannot be managed online. It is your choice whether to attend on-campus delivery initially or not; for international students this is subject to any Tier 4 visa requirements specified by the Home Office.

If you are a new student, you will have a comprehensive online induction before you begin your studies with us.

*Please note, in accordance with government guidance in Poland, courses for students at our Wroclaw campus are currently being taught fully online.

Teaching and learning spaces on campus have been made COVID-secure to ensure all of our students are learning in the safest possible environment. Social distancing requirements mean that on-campus activity has been reduced. Timetabling has been managed to avoid large gatherings of students and to minimise the number of days per week that commuting students need to travel onto campus.

Students are taught in the same small groups for any on-campus activities e.g. tutorials, laboratories, studios, practical assessments etc. – these will be referred to as ‘pods’. Lectures are all taking place online.

You can continue to attend your on-campus timetabled learning activities in your teaching ‘pods’, one-to-one appointments, and booked study spaces in accordance with current government guidance.

More information about safety measures and services you can access on campus can be found in the health and safety and campus access and services FAQs.

*Please note, in accordance with government guidance in Poland, courses for students at our Wroclaw campus are currently being taught fully online.

Online learning comprises online seminars, discussion and directed activities.

Courses and modules are delivered on the Aula learning experience platform. This is where you can access your learning materials and connect with lecturers, tutors and others on your course easily.

Aula is designed to be social, with conversation and engagement at the heart of the student learning experience. It is mobile friendly and accessible across a range of devices. The look and feel is similar to social media platforms, and aims to create an online community which supports students with the social side of learning that you would usually receive when attending lectures in person.

Attendance is monitored for all students both for online and on-campus learning, to allow us to ensure students are engaging with their course.

  • On-campus attendance – your attendance is registered by scanning your ID card.
  • Online attendance – Aula monitors the level in which you access and engage with learning materials through the platform.

You can continue to attend your on-campus timetabled learning activities in your teaching ‘pods’, one-to-one appointments, and booked study spaces in accordance with current government guidance.

However, if you wish to transfer between the blended mode of delivery (a combination of online and timetabled on-campus delivery) and fully online delivery, you may be able to do so, subject to any restrictions, including travel and Tier 4 visa requirements specified by the Home Office. If you wish to do this, you should contact your course director and they can discuss this with you.

A ‘pod’ is a group of up to 30 students taught together in a socially distanced way to reduce the number of people they are in contact with.

In your pods, you:

  • use different rooms (especially where you are accessing specialist facilities) 
  • are co-taught with other pods when using larger spaces
  • have more than one member of staff teaching you

You can continue to attend your on-campus timetabled learning activities in your teaching ‘pods’ in accordance with current government guidance.

On-campus students should still not be in ‘close contact’ even when they are part of a pod, and should still adhere to 1m+ government rules of social distancing.

On-campus practical sessions are taking place with social distancing and all other necessary health and safety measures in place. Teaching takes place in the same small groups (pods) for tutorials, laboratories, studios, practical assessments etc.

You can continue to attend these timetabled sessions in your teaching ‘pods’ in accordance with current government guidance.

If you are not able to come to campus because you are self-isolating, but you feel well enough to study, you can continue your studies online during your isolation period. You should inform your course director immediately, and let us know that you are self-isolating using the reporting form on the Student Portal so that we can assess further support you might need.

Course information, materials and content will be available online through the Aula learning experience platform, our online library services and more.

Wherever possible and practical, assessments will be completed and submitted online. This ensures that where on-campus or specialist facilities are essential for an assessment, there is maximum availability.

Some exams may take place on-campus if it is a specific requirement of a course. You will be advised about your specific assessments by your Module Leader/Tutor, or will be able to find the information you need in Aula.

Applicants

If you are a new student, you will have a comprehensive online induction before you begin your studies. Your induction will include information about what support is available to you and how to access it, online or face to face. Access to online induction will be available before you start your course as soon as your place is confirmed.

If a work placement provider or study abroad host institution is happy to accept students on placement by the final date of enrolment for the academic year, then students can continue to start their placements. Students must take into account of any government and Foreign Commonwealth Office advice about the impact of COVID-19. 

To find out more about work placements, contact the Talent Team by 

emailing talentteam@coventry.ac.uk

To find out more about study abroad opportunities, contact get.cge@coventry.ac.uk

For the safety of all our visitors, students and colleagues, we are holding virtual open days which replace our usual on-campus open days. We don’t want you to miss out on seeing what Coventry has to offer so we have designed our virtual events so that you can: 

  • watch subject talks and meet our tutors 
  • chat to students to learn more about their experiences with us 
  • explore our campuses virtually 
  • learn more about admissions, student finance and student support   
  • take part in Q&As about student accommodation. 

Visit our virtual open day page to book your place. 

Current students

If you were studying with us between March and May 2020 then the No Detriment Commitment in relation to how your award (e.g. degree classification) is calculated will apply to your course until you complete your studies.

You can read more information on the No Detriment Commitment on the Student Portal (login required).

If you are struggling with your deadlines and managing your time, then please contact your Course Director/ Module Tutor for advice on how they can support you.

If you are struggling to meet your upcoming assessment, then you can apply for an extension or a deferral. For guidance on how to apply for an extension of up to two weeks for coursework, or for a deferral on coursework or an exam until the next term, please visit the Student Portal.

You should understand the implications of applying for a change to your assessment deadlines –  you may experience a delay in your end of term/year exam board results, and it may create future workload issues as you may end up with all assessments being due in within a few days of each other.

Evidence for extension and deferral applications is usually required, but we are aware that it is difficult to get supporting evidence in some circumstances at this time - please let your Registry Team know when you apply and they can advise you further.

 

You can access 24/7 support from IT Services (ITS) through the new ServiceNow Portal. This easy-to-access service replaces the previous ITS email service.

Log and manage a request/issue with ITS at any time

Use the ‘Request something’ button to request ITS support or use the ‘Something is broken’ button to report technical issues.

These features replace our previous email service.

Explore the Self-help Knowledge Portal

Get quick answers to your questions and find articles to resolve common issues without the need for ITS assistance. Use the search to explore the Self-Help Knowledge Portal

Explore the full range of these resources via the ‘Self-help’ button ServiceNow homepage.

Book a call back

The ‘Book a phone back’ button also gives you the option to book a call back at a time suitable for you.

Alternatively, you can join the live queue for support over the phone by calling +44 (0) 24 77657777.

Further information

If you have any questions you can use the ‘Ask a “How to” Question’ button found in ‘Request something’. This will direct you to the Service Desk, who can look to answer your query.

IT Tech Bar in the Lanchester Library

The IT Tech Bar in the Lanchester Library at our Coventry University campus has reopened for pre-booked, face-to-face appointments only, Monday to Friday, 08:30 - 16:00.

You will only be allowed into the Lanchester Library past the entrance gates if you have booked a study space through LibCal or have an appointment with another service in the building, such as the IT Tech Bar.

You can book either a face-to-face or telephone appointment via ServiceNow. Find out more about what to expect at your appointment and the health and safety measures in place.

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