Understanding what it means to be ‘Waterside ready’ has been the subject of much debate at Northampton in recent months and years. On these pages you will find a set of resources to help you redesign modules and programmes and reconceptualise learning and teaching practices in order to deliver an effective, student-centred experience through active blended learning (ABL).
ABL is our new normal. A module that makes effective use of ABL is a ‘Waterside ready’ module. ABL is not something we do in addition to our regular teaching duties: it is our standard approach to learning and teaching.
These pages offer a more detailed explanation of what a programme or module that uses ABL looks like in practice. You will find appropriate C@N-DO Workshops to support you in your redevelopment work and in exploring possible learning and teaching practices. The videos will give you an overview of learning and teaching at Northampton, a clearer understanding of what is meant by contact time in an active blended learning environment, and two case studies from members of staff who have made the shift in practice to blended learning – warts and all!
NEW! You can now also download an interim report of a research study on Student Engagement with ABL.
This new animation shows how we should explain active blended learning to our students.
In the video below, you can see a visual presentation of the University of Northampton’s approach to Learning and Teaching. This is a good place to start thinking about how you would like to implement ABL.
In this video, Terry Neville – the University’s Chief Operating Officer, and Jane Bunce – Head of Student and Academic Services, provide an insight into some of the practical questions concerned with the shift to ABL and the move to Waterside.
The following videos explore some of the key issues around teaching and learning in a blended mode of delivery in more detail and two members of staff talk about their experiences of trialling this with their students.