Flexible education 2021-22


Welcome to the Flexible Education 2021-22 hub.

Education Foundations for the Future

Read our latest document on 'Education Foundations for the Future'  here.

Latest news

Updated guidance and FAQs for Lecture Recording

The Flexible Education Group, Audio Visual and the E-Learning Team have produced updated guidance and FAQs for Lecture Recording.

Temporary online attendance principles

Due to travel restrictions, there are a number of students who can only reach us through online contact. Their access to education is dealt with by the ‘Late Arrivals’ process.

There remain questions around accessing short-term online education when students are required to isolate. This set of principles covers those instances.

Extension Policy and system for 2021/22

The Extensions Policy and system has been updated in an effort to decrease student anxiety by generating automated responses and freeing-up time to develop a more supportive Extenuating Circumstances system. 

A briefing giving details about the new policy, the application process and the key message we should be sharing with students is available here – the briefing lasts about 20 minutes and you will need the sound on.  This will be followed up by a drop in Q&A session to be held on Wednesday 6th October from 2-3.30pm.  Please click here to join the briefing.  If you are unable to attend the Q&A session please feel free to email your questions to

Panopto Student Assignment plug-in

IT Services and the E-Learning Team have rolled-out a new Moodle plug-in: Panopto Student Assignment.  This provides a single point at which multimedia assignments (videos, narrated PowerPoints, audio tracks) can be submitted, viewed, marked and managed.

Find out more about the Panopto Student Assignment plug-in

Assessment Design To Limit Collusion And Contract Cheating, and Effective Synchronous Dual-Mode Teaching

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight two recent scheduled meetings supporting you in your Flexible Education preparations ahead of autumn term 2021.

1. Discussing Assessment Design To Limit Collusion And Contract Cheating

An opportunity to discuss how to limit academic misconduct.

The supporting materials: Presentation; QAA document; Assemblage of Assignments.

2. Effective Synchronous Dual-Mode Teaching

Learn about the in-classroom AV equipment, and discuss approaches to engaging in-class and on-line students simultaneously. Recording.

Flexible Education: Support resources for MS Teams & Panopto/Replay

We would like to take this opportunity to provide direct links to support resources on using MS Teams and Panopto/Replay.

MS Teams session settings - create a safe space

The E-Learning Team has published support slides: Create a safe space - which show how to quickly adjust session settings to prevent unwelcome guests and behaviour in teaching sessions

One-stop-shop for online support resources

The E-Learning Team maintains a collection of online resources to provide e-learning practitioners with instant access to inspiration and help with our range of e-learning technologies.

Links to resources can be accessed from the Online Support Resources page

Supporting inclusive education with Ally

Early in the development of the Flexible Education model it was decided to enhance our offering to disabled students, and mitigate some of the issues raised by online learning for those populations, by using the Ally plug-in for Moodle.

What does Ally do?

  1. Ally automatically checks Moodle course materials against international standards as part of the accessibility requirements for public sector bodies.  
  2. Provides guidance to teaching & professional services staff on how to improve accessibility of their Moodle course content.
  3. Provides students with alternative formats in which to download documents posted by teaching & professional services staff in Moodle, to increase accessibility and provide choice.
  4. Provides College with institution- and course-wide accessibility and engagement data.

A handful of courses are piloting the use of Ally in Term 3 of the 20/21 academic year.  This will inform and prepare College for a fuller rollout of the service in the 21/22 academic year.

The E-Learning Team have published information about Ally and how it supports inclusive education

Flexible Education Design & Support Resource

The E-Learning Team has launched a self-service Moodle resource designed to provide you with information, inspiration & instruction as you develop engaging & effective flexible learning activities. 

Moodle: Flexible Education Design & Support Resource

Join us to:

Participate in social learning activities:

MS Teams support updates

Feb 21

Please note that leaving a team is only a temporary fix unless you are also removed from the parent Moodle course.

Please note that the images will appear 'back-to-front' on your screen but will display as normal to your participants.

Dec 2020


Previous flexible education communications

Message from Professor James Knowles - 27 July 2021

Message from Professor James Knowles - 2 June 2021

Message from Professor James Knowles - 26 May 2020

Discover all previous communications here.

Flexible learning model


Teaching from home


Training and support for flexible education


Flexible education: Technology for pedagogy

Find out more about the technologies we are using to support our teaching and our students' learning.


Online Learning Etiquette Guide

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