What will classes be like?
Teaching and Learning for September 2021
Following government announcements, we have updated how learning and teaching are planned to be delivered in September.
All programmes will start as planned in Semester One.
We intend to adopt a mixed-mode approach to learning and teaching, combining both:
- traditional tutor-led classroom activities
- interactive online sessions
The majority of teaching will be on campus, with up to a third of programme delivery taking place online. This is programme-specific and will vary depending on the module.
What on campus teaching will look like:
To ensure you make the most of your time on campus, we are working with a ‘flipped classroom’ approach, which means:
- the lecturer records and shares lectures outside of class
- you watch/listen before coming to class
- class time is then devoted to applied learning activities
- you receive support from lecturer(s) and peers as needed
We will be providing a range of support for all students to help you succeed in your studies, and make you feel like you belong by ensuring the following:
- Academic staff will communicate their office times, offering on campus or virtual appointments
- You will also have access to an academic personal tutor
- early weeks of teaching will be dedicated to improving social connectivity and helping you settle in
We continue to monitor and follow government guidelines, and communicate any changes through the student bulletin. We encourage you to take a lateral flow test before you come onto the campus. Testing is part of the guidance-led Covid security protocols issued by the government, to keep colleagues, friends and staff safe.
You may think that University is all about sitting in large lecture halls listening to your lecturer as you make notes. Not at Newman.
At Newman we do things differently! We value your thoughts and opinions and we want to hear what you have to say.
Our classes are interactive, with smaller numbers of students and teaching rooms designed to encourage collaborative working. You will find yourself working in groups with classmates to explore new ideas and sharing these ideas with other students and your lecturer.
Getting to know your lecturers
You’ll hear this many times over the course of your time at Newman and then you’ll probably find yourself saying it too.
“You are not just a number; the lecturers really do know you by name.”
Classes are personal and lecturers will find time to speak with you not only in classes but will stop to have a chat outside of classes too. Whether its course related or something completely different, your lecturers are always happy to speak with you.
You’ll work with your lecturers in classes to explore ideas and create new knowledge and you’ll learn about their interests too.
You may be asked to register your attendance in class via the SEAtS app.