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Metanoia Institute Learning and Teaching, Autumn Term 2020/21

Metanoia Institute Learning and Teaching, Autumn Term 2020/21:

 A Metanoia Institute ‘dual delivery’ model, guided by two equal principles:

  • Safety and wellbeing of the entire Metanoia Institute community
  • Provision of learning and teaching excellence on all programmes

The dual delivery approach will take a ‘best of both worlds’ position.  Some learning opportunities will be offered to all students in a face-to-face format, with a spine of online teaching taking place via Zoom and through enhanced online activities.  The dual delivery approach allows for flexibility in terms of respecting student choice, plus the potential for agility in the light of changing circumstances. 

A dual delivery approach will provide sufficient face-to-face teaching opportunities to ensure the continuity of the fundaments of Metanoia Institute training; those being teaching which fosters relational learning and requires interpersonal, experiential opportunities.  However, high-quality teaching and learning will also be offered online, producing a blended offer.

The dual delivery model will provide the blended learning delivery that students have been promised and that the OfS is encouraging HEIs to explore.

Operational arrangements:

In order to function within the principle of safety and wellbeing in our dual delivery model, the following operational measures will apply:

  • When on premises (note: any face-to-face teaching will not take place in the MI buildings), full safety precautions and resources will be mandatory (hand sanitiser, social distancing, self-reporting of symptoms, etc).
  • All staff and students will need to provide personal contact details to enable ‘track-and-trace’ to operate.
  • Students and staff should only attend on premises if they are feeling well and all those in their immediate household are well.
  • Any person attending a teaching event on premises must leave immediately if they experience any symptoms of being unwell or related to COVID-19 (raised temperature, sore throat, cough, loss of sense of taste/smell).
  • Students must inform their tutor / Academic Co-ordinator of their intention to either attend in person or study remotely, ideally no less than 24 hours prior to the timetabled teaching event.

 

What will the Metanoia Institute dual delivery model look like?

Induction 2020/21:

Induction will be an online activity process.  This will allow for a full programme of information and events to be delivered by multiple members of staff to all students.  A full online programme of events removes the necessity to bring large numbers of staff and students together, removes the problems arising when students are unable to attend induction events and allows for the process to be an open, ongoing delivery starting in early September.  In addition, induction events and information can be re-watched and stored for continued availability. The format also allows for existing students to use the prepared materials and to be offered a ‘re-orientation’ process.  In many ways, an online induction process is an example of enhanced practice as a result of the current pandemic.

 

Library

Whilst it will not be possible to operate the library in the ‘normal’ sense, it is important that arrangements are made to ensure that there is some access to physical resources.

  • Video introduction to library services from librarians
  • A full list of online resources and e-books clearly accessible on Moodle
  • Identified time when the library will be open to students, using a ‘booking’ system to allow one student at a time
  • Facility to loan and return books by post

 

Face-to-Face Teaching Arrangements for September 2020/21:

All Year One students will have face-to-face delivery from the start of the 2020/21 academic year.  This will be facilitated in alternative local premises in order to offer a suitably distanced and safe environment.

All other years will be offered a blended learning approach.  This will involve a mixture of enhanced online learning (see section below) with face-to-face opportunities. 

 

A Blended Learning Offer at Metanoia Institute:

Alongside the face-to-face learning opportunities, ‘live’ teaching arrangements through Zoom and some asynchronous activity will comprise the full blended learning approach for the autumn term.  Actions that have been taken to improve the experience in response to student feedback and acknowledged good practice include:

  • Circulation of agenda for online teaching in advance.
  • Prepared readings, PowerPoints and short activities relevant to the teaching weekend that can be circulated in advance and referred to during live teaching events.
  • Relevant parts of live teaching events to be recorded (where appropriate) and posted on Moodle afterwards
  • Timetabling of adequate breaks within the teaching day.
  • Greater use of breakout rooms for small group activities.
  • Planning of some off-line activities during the day, with feedback sessions and clear outcomes.
  • Review of process time in an online format, seeking views and suggestions from student groups.

 

For any comments, please contact Professor Carrie Weston, carrie.weston@metanoia.ac.uk