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Teaching Continuity Preparation

If it becomes impossible to access the University campus in situations where bad weather, transport issues or pandemics start to impact continuity of teaching, you should consider moving your teaching online to minimise disruption to your students.

Teaching on-campus courses online at short notice may seem daunting, but the University of Edinburgh has years of experience with learning technology and we have people and resources to help guide you through all of this. Our learning technology teams in schools and in ISG provide the services you need. These pages provide guidance and advice on how to continue teaching when you and your students are unable to access the campus.

It is important to remember that preparing courses to be taught remotely for a short period of campus closure is different from designing a fully online course. Although many of the tools and teaching techniques will be the same, you won't have time for a full course redesign. You can, however, shift your scheduled teaching to the online environment using some of our everyday tools.

Many courses at the University of Edinburgh are already taught online very successfully. We offer a range of tools, support, and guidance for this. What we have learned from designing online courses should help inform your teaching should you need to move online for a period of time.

By following some basic guiding principles, we are confident that it is possible to continue teaching remotely using Learn, Collaborate, and Media Hopper, which are provided by the University. There is training available face to face and online for using these tools.

All you need is your computer, internet, camera (optional) and microphone. You can do most of this remotely if you need to work away from your office.

Tips for teaching remotely

Some top tips to keep in mind when planning to teach remotely.

Tools for teaching remotely

Your toolkit for transforming teaching activities from on-campus to ones that can be completed remotely.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): Blackboard Learn

Learn is our campus-wide VLE and will be the hub of teaching your course online and remotely.

Virtual Classroom for seminars and groupwork: Blackboard Collaborate

Find out how to use the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate) for remote teaching and group work.

Recording lectures and short videos: Media Hopper Create and Media Hopper Replay

You may want to record lectures and short videos to support your remote teaching, or even reuse last year's lecture recording. Find out more about how to do it using Media Hopper Create and Media Hopper Replay.

Training for remote teaching

We are running online training sessions in preparation for our move to remote teaching for the last weeks of semester. Find out when on this page.

Related Links

Media Hopper Remote Teaching Channel

Teaching Matters remote teaching spotlight series

Teaching Matters alternative assessment spotlight series