'Blended learning' is a term commonly used to describe a programme where some traditional face-to-face classroom time has been replaced by pre-recorded or live online lectures together with supporting online learning activities and resources. Blended modules are a convenient and flexible way of learning, allowing you to learn at your own pace, at a time and place of your choice, and significantly reducing the amount of time physically spent on campus completing a programme.
A blended learning approach provides 24/7 access to online learning materials whilst also facilitating online communication and collaboration. Provided you have an internet connection to access Blackboard, you can view and review recorded lectures; participate in online discussions; complete group projects; take self-test quizzes to check your learning; have direct Library access to e-books, ejournals and much more. Key programme components such as laboratory skills sessions, tutorials and workshops may still require on-campus attendance.
You will find that not all programmes are delivered in the same way. Some module lectures are pre-recorded and are available in Blackboard on a week by week basis. Other modules may have a weekly live online classroom using Blackboard Collaborate. It is strongly advised that you regularly attend scheduled live online classes if at all possible. However, if you cannot make it along, live online classes are recorded and links for viewing the recordings made available in Blackboard. You will find details about how a module will be delivered in the Module Information folder for that specific module in Blackboard.
Of course all students are very welcome to come and spend time on campus with us. Visit the Health Sciences Library; avail of the open access computer labs in the Health Sciences Centre; relax in one of the many open social spaces; or meet friends and colleagues for a coffee in the cafe.