To help ensure that we have a shared understanding of the various types of activity that can comprise ‘student contact time’, the University has agreed the following set of definitions that staff can use when planning, redesigning and then delivering modules that are ‘Waterside ready’.
These terms are primarily for use in Module Specifications and other Quality processes and paperwork to provide a measure of consistency.
|Interactive Small Group Sessions||These are face-to-face interactive sessions, for example seminars or workshops. These sessions will normally be taught in groups of up to 30. Specialist space is not typically required.|
|Specialist space sessions||These are face-to-face sessions, usually in small groups, that make use of specialist space, for example laboratory sessions.|
|Interactive Large Group Teaching||These are face-to-face interactive sessions, for example team based learning or workshops. These sessions will normally be taught in groups greater than 30. Specialist space is not typically required.|
|Lectures||Reserved for those occasions where there is a requirement to bring a cohort together (e.g. guest lectures, cohort induction).|
|Off-site activities||On some courses, the opportunity for fieldwork putting what students have learned into practice, as well as expanding knowledge of a given subject, or visit an environment linked to the course.|
Work-Based or Placement Learning
Please note that when completing the Module Specification to inform the KIS return, then a module that is specified as a WBPL module (i.e. a ‘P’ module) is entered in its entirety, as Placement.
|This refers to any period of planned activity whereby students engage with a third-party work-place as an integral part of their programme of study, and where supervision of the student is provided by the tutor or the third-party.|
|Online learning activities with tutor input||This category comprises sessions where students work individually or in groups on learning activities that are categorised primarily by being facilitated online (through NILE). They are part of a package of work that could include something to read, watch or listen to, followed by active online engagement including interaction with the tutor. They may be synchronous or asynchronous. These activities are likely to feed in to face-to-face sessions either as preparation, follow-up, or midway through an activity, or any combination thereof. They are an integral part of the learning and teaching for the module.|
N.B. These definitions can be used with our Pre and Post Redesign Module Hours Template – a toolkit for staff to evidence the shift in their learning and teaching practice to being ‘Waterside Ready’ as well as to show how overall student contact time has been protected.
To see how we are explaining this to students, please see the How we teach page on the public website.