About the PGCE (SCITTS) with the University of Hull

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How will we be working on the course in 2021/22?

The expectations are that we will be able to have face-to-face sessions by September of 2021/22 but there will still be a combination of face-to-face and online sessions (blended learning). This means that you will need to have access to a certain level of equipment (see below) and also some of these sessions will be synchronous (all will be expected at the same time) and sometimes asynchronous (you can determine when you work).

There is a higher expectation of self-regulation, where you will be expected to direct your own studies. There will, of course, be tutor and e-support support but the nature of the PG course is that you are self-directed and self-motivated.

If we are back in Lockdown or there are other restructions then the sessions will take place via video conference - either Zoom or Teams.

Structure of the sessions

There are four sorts of session that might take place this year (NOTE: times might vary - check in September on the VLE).

  • Face-to Face Sessions: Whole Day (9-4) or half-day (9-12 or 1-4) in a physical centre,
  • Online synchronous sessions along the lines of:
    • Whole Day: 60-90 mins synchronous (online) - 3-4 hours of asynchronous activities - 60 mins of synchronous
    • Half Day: 60 mins synchronous (online) - 90 mins of asynchronous activities - 30 mins of synchronous
  • Group Tutorials:
    • These will be a timetabled day or half-day (so you will be expected to be working on the PGCE in this period) but you will meet online in a group for 20-30 mins of the day and the rest of the day you will work alone.
  • Individual Tutorial:
    • This will be as requested by you and will be outside of timetabled sessions with your tutor

Equipment / Access

Since at least a proportion of the course this year will be on-line - this will mean you will need to be able to access learning and this will mean the following technology needs:

  • A laptop or desktop with an inbuilt (or external) webcam, speakers and microphone,
    • Note: as a student of the University you will have access to a range of software (from enrollment in September),
  • An internet connection that will allow you to take part in video conferences / meetings,
  • A device that will allow you to record video / audio (your smart phone will do this),
  • It will be useful to have the following apps loaded onto you smart phone / tablet:

You might also find this short online course on digital teaching and this one on digital learning useful to have a look at - both for this course and for your time in school which might well include digital learning.

If you think that this is going to be an issue, for any reason then please contact us as soon as possible.

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