How we teach
At the University of Northampton, we have always prided ourselves in leading the way in developing new and exciting ways to educate people. We have a global reputation for the system of teaching we have developed here at Northampton, which we call Active Blended Learning.
Active Blended Learning is the result of extensive research and refinement by our global experts in the University’s Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Our pioneering, blended system, also meant we could adapt our courses quickly when the coronavirus pandemic of 2019/2020 struck, enabling our students to continue their studies with minimal disruption. Keep reading to find out more about ABL and how we have adapted our teaching for the pandemic.
What makes Active Blended Learning so versatile?
Active Blended Learning is built on years of experience that combines face-to-face teaching with carefully crafted digital experiences, allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time. Put another way, it enables you to take control of your own learning. No more dusty lecture halls. Welcome to a bespoke, customised experience, more in tune with the world of work than traditional learning and teaching methods.
To achieve this level of personalisation we use small group teaching, team working and one-to-one tutorials that allow for experimentation, creativity, problem solving and feedback. All this is supported by the latest Cisco-systems digital technology which you have access to from your very first day with us.
In summary, Active Blended Learning for you means:
- Face 2 Face interaction with tutors, small group teaching, team work and problem-solving
- Activities that reflect the workplace, designed with employers
- Online resources, materials and information at your fingertips
- Personal Tutors and peer support to guide you every step of the way.
- A superior experience rich in digital skills
You can experience this in person or – thanks to the Future Focused environment we have created – online, anywhere in the world. The principles of Active Blended Learning don’t change. You are at the heart of it, no matter who or where you are.
Teaching during the pandemic?
Details of how each module will be taught will be on the individual module sites on our online learning platform ‘NILE’ – which you be able to access soon after you enrol. You will have a timetable that will show if a session is face to face or online.
All students will need to register their attendance for the taught sessions (either face-to-face or online) via an app that can be downloaded called MyNorthampton (student login required). That way we will be able to make sure you are able to engage with your studies or if you need any support. You will be allocated an individual Personal Tutor who will be your main contact for all you teaching and learning while you study with us.
We know that at the moment people may not be able to come onto campus through no fault of their own. If you are contacted by Track and Trace and told to self-isolate – meaning you can’t attend face-to-face sessions – notify your personal tutor who will be able to tell the relevant module tutors and make sure this is recorded. You may be able to join the face-to-face taught session online instead, and all teaching material for your modules will be available on the relevant NILE sites after the face-to-face teaching session has been delivered. It will be important though that you do not come into University buildings (other than halls of residence if you are staying in student accommodation).
If you are too ill to engage with your studies, or are concerned about the impact of your requirement to isolate on your studies, we are there to help. As well as your personal tutor, module leader or programme leader – the Student Support and Advice Team are available to discuss any concerns you might have and make sure you stay on track.