Learning and Teaching

Please see below for information on Learning and Teaching. 

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is when teaching is delivered through a mix of face-to-face classes, lectures, seminars and/or labs, but also includes online delivery of a proportion of the teaching and learning activities. The exact mix will depend on the programme you are studying on.

You may also hear this mix of face-to-face and online delivery described as “hybrid learning and teaching”. 

What will teaching look like?

It is the intention that teaching in academic year 2021/22 will be delivered in a blended learning format, in line with Scottish Government Guidance. 

The University’s Executive Team will continue to have oversight for the mode of delivery for learning and teaching, and will take into consideration a range of factors – most importantly the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

The blend of on-campus and online activities and content will continue to be fully supported with significant staff input and interaction and your programme will adhere to the same quality standards and expectations as before.

Both on-campus and online activities will be supported through GCU Learn - the University’s Online Learning Platform. Your lecturers will be in contact with you regularly via GCU Learn so please make sure that you regularly access the system to review notices and guidance. Coursework and assignments will also be submitted through GCU Learn, unless otherwise indicated by your Department/School.

Departments and Schools are currently planning for on-campus learning activities across all degree programmes. Your timetable will reflect when your teaching will be on and off campus.

I don't have a suitable home working environment with adequate IT or Wi-Fi facilities, how can I engage with the online aspect of my modules

The University Library is currently open for individual and group study. Study stations are cleaned regularly and staff will be monitoring the environment to ensure it remains safe for all. 

Note that free wifi is provided in the Library, public areas of the campus, teaching rooms and residences.

In addition to this, if you are struggling financially and require IT equipment to study your course online, you can apply to this scheme for a loan of a laptop or other IT equipment (including a dongle if you have no wifi access). 

On Campus Study Space

The Sir Alex Ferguson Library is currently open for individual and group study, between 9am - 11pm (Monday - Friday) and 10am - 6pm at the weekend.

Students will no longer be required to book a study space to access the library but bookable spaces will still be available for those who wish to plan ahead. Due to its popularity, the click and collect service will also still continue but students will now be able to browse the shelves to access books.

Your safety is our highest priority and students are reminded that whilst in the library face coverings must be worn at all times - unless eating/drinking or you have a medical reason not to. Students should also be respectful of each other's personal space - as well as staff working in the library.

For more information on the library visit their website.

Note that free wifi is provided in the Library, public areas of the campus, teaching rooms and residences.