Some of your course will be taught off-campus during this academic year, so it’s time to get set up for online learning to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
While the vast majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning.
We will do this using a one week on / one week off model. So if you’re at home engaging in online learning one week, you will be on campus the next week with your tutors.
Your timetable will tell you when you need to be on campus for your lecture, but you’ll need to stay on top of your online course content to make sure you don’t miss any learning.
Getting the key dates
First of all, get the key dates for this year. Download your A3 year planner for the new 2020/21 academic year, with dates for each semester and holiday periods.
Knowing where to look
While your on-campus sessions will be listed on your timetable, all of your online learning will be available on our virtual learning platform, Moodle. You can find all your course information and resources, join discussion groups, submit assignments and talk to your course leader on Moodle.
Simply login at moodle.bcu.ac.uk using your BCU login details to get started. You can also access Moodle on the mobile app and via iCity.
If your course is using an alternative virtual learning platform, you will be sent information with more details soon.
Stay in touch
You course leaders may also host some of your learning on Microsoft Teams. Using Microsoft Teams, you can be added to small groups (or teams) of people to stay in touch and collaborate. Your tutor may use Teams to host video lectures and meetings, but you can also chat, share and temporarily store files, and chat to other students via video and audio calls.
You can download Microsoft Teams for free as part of our Office 365 suite, free to all BCU students.
Remember to keep an eye on the Outlook calendar for your BCU email address for any Teams meetings you’ve accepted.
Access our support services early
Remember that you will still have access to our range of student support services, whether you’re at home or on campus.
New students can also get ahead with your academic skills with our online Success course. The course is a great introduction to university study and what to expect, as well as offering guidance on academic writing and maths skills.