How do I adapt my course for blended learning?

As we move to different teaching scenarios to facilitate learning between on and off campus students, think carefully how you are going to deliver your teaching to ensure your students feel included and material is accessible. Consider if a pre-recorded lecture (asynchronous) is the best alternative to delivering the content, similar to the concept of flipped learning? If it is, we recommend you have an accompanying activity or questions to foster student engagement. The latter can be achieved by asking students to complete a short (3 – 5 questions) test on the content of the lecture or by designing a discussion-based activity which may relate to the content covered in more than one lecture.

An alternative to a lecture would be to use written materials, either by creating or using existing digitised reading material or by using open educational resources.

Please refer to the web pages: Lecture Capture - Frequently Asked Questions for further information.



When planning your lecture, think about the following:

  • Break material down into manageable segments
  • Ensure you have clear, concise headings
  • Use simple straightforward language
  • See the University’s style guide and writing for the web resources
  • Remember accessibility and inclusivity

Please refer to the web pages: Lecture Capture - Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Then when delivering your lecture, you can:

  • Provide an asynchronous recording of your lecture and upload to MyAberdeen, ensuring you adhere to the legislative requirements of providing captions, you may find the section on Toolkit: Talking Head useful prior to recording
  • Upload your PowerPoint slides
  • Provide a reading list
  • Provide relevant documents
    • Use Word to re-create supporting documentation
    • Follow the accessible guidelines
  • Upload or create relevant material onto MyAberdeen
  • Remember to consider copyright implications

You might find the section Lecture Capture: FAQs of further interest, which includes topics such as Downloading Recordings.

Small Group Teaching (eg Tutorials)

Small Group Activities

Digitally Enhanced Teaching Spaces

Digitally Enhanced Teaching Space

The University are undertaking an upgrade of many of our teaching spaces across campus.  The first rooms to be upgraded will have a basic set up, this focuses upon providing dual screen monitors, two cameras and an enhanced microphone/speaker in many of our teaching spaces.  Further support and guidance relating to using the rooms are provided within the Blackboard Collaborate toolkit, the guides are as follows:

Kirsty Kiezebrink, Dean for Educational Innovation, created a video clip on Dual Mode Teaching, Some Scenarios, which you may find useful.

Further rooms will be upgraded with additional technology in due course with further guidance provided.  On our return to campus you may find the web page with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQs useful.

Practical, Fieldwork and Placements
  • On your programme or course areas include clear information about expected practicals, fieldword and placements, providing relevant guidelines in MyAberdeen
  • Wherever possible aim to record practical demonstrations, perhaps using a webcam and Panopto, or your mobile phone and upload to MyAberdeen
  • Is there any resources you can re-use and share, such as YouTube videos, links to other sites.
Supporting your Students

Supporting Your Students

Students should have the opportunity to engage in synchronous sessions with their peers and academic staff to foster a sense of community and provide support.  This can involve the following:

  • Enable peer support opportunities, such as discussion areas in MyAberdeen or using webinar tools such as Collaborate
  • Provide drop in sessions via Collaborate
  • Arrange one to one meetings via Collaborate/Teams
  • Use messaging within your course