We will be inviting all students to campus for higher education in hybrid mode, taking the form of augmented emergency remote teaching and learning (ARTLA) in the first semester. There are two elements to this.
Firstly, unlike last year, when we switched to ARTLA online when contact tuition was suspended, we plan to have face-to-face sessions this year to the fullest extent possible within the constraints of COVID-19 (smaller classes in suitable venues).
Secondly, because it will not always be possible to accommodate all students in a specific venue at the same time, we intend utilising technology to augment classroom-based learning and teaching. This will include live streaming lectures from some venues.
Each academic programme will decide on the appropriate blend of face-to-face and online learning and teaching activities, depending on such factors as the size of the group and the outcomes that have to be achieved.
An extensive programme of installing the necessary equipment for hybrid learning in a large number of venues across campus will be rolled out over the next six weeks to enable lectures to be live streamed. We intend making the technology easy to use, and to provide extensive training and support to lecturers.
(Updated 1 February 2021)