Student Update: Timetabling
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to work differently, and everyone's safety is at the heart of what we do. As you will all be aware, these are exceptional circumstances, and our key priority has to be your safety on campus. This means managing room capacities and the number of people on our campuses to ensure we can comply with Track and Trace requirements. Given the current situation, accuracy in our timetables is also more critical than ever before.
Personal timetables for the first four weeks of teaching will be published on Friday 18 September 2020.
We sincerely apologise for the delay in releasing your personal timetable, and your patience in these challenging times is appreciated.
It is essential that you consult your personal timetable on MyWLV, and only attend the sessions for which you are scheduled. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, your timetable may be subject to change, so you should regularly check for updates. Please ensure that you have provided us with an up to date mobile number so that you can receive timetable change notifications by SMS.
You must also have fully completed your enrolment and module registration to access your personal timetable and on-campus teaching. This is to ensure the safety of our University community.
Your timetable this semester
We will meet the requirements for social distancing on our campuses in the new academic year, and to achieve this; we are teaching our courses using blended learning. Blended learning involves studying utilising a mix of recorded lectures, online learning resources and face-to-face teaching.
All large group lectures will be recorded and released online through Canvas for you to access at a time that works best for you. Students will need to ensure they have accessed any recorded materials before attending the related on-campus seminar, workshop or practical class.
These recorded materials and resources will be accessed through Canvas, which is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
On-campus activities, which you will see in your timetable, may include seminars, practical classes and group discussions. These will take place in small groups, and you should review our Classroom Principles, that set-out our requirements for staff and students when using teaching spaces. The principles are designed to protect you and the other users of the classroom.
While large group lectures will not be formally timetabled, each module will have scheduled learning activities so that you will progress through your studies on a week-to-week basis. Any synchronous learning (takes place at a specified time so that participants can join it live) will be in your timetable, including both online and face-to-face learning.
If students cannot return to campus
We appreciate that not all students will be able to return to campus and where possible, on-campus teaching will also be made available virtually.
For example, students who are shielding/in quarantine, have caring responsibilities or have concerns about returning to campus, may be able to attend an online version of a seminar or access a recording or live streaming of a session delivered on campus.
If you feel that you are not able to return to campus, you should contact your Faculty student services via the e:Vision Helpdesk.
Where you can find more information
You can find more information about our plans for the safe and managed return to our campuses in our Road to Reopening @WLV. It includes our latest updates, how we will manage your learning and teaching in the new academic year, and what you can expect on-campus.
We are committed to keeping students up to date, and we do this by email, on our social media channels (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) and the University Student News web page.
I want to reassure all students that staff across the University are working hard in preparation for the new semester. We recognise that many of our students will have additional commitments outside their studies, so we are doing all we can to ensure timetables are ready as soon as possible.
Dr Jo Wright
For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.