Your teaching and learning
Your education is our top priority. At DMU, it is so important to us that you receive a high-quality teaching and learning experience in the safest way possible, with enhanced study and technical support to ensure you have all the tools you need to excel.
Community is really important to us and we’re a very close-knit group at DMU, both colleagues and students. This extends beyond our lectures and seminars and is about being part of the wider scholarly community.
We have been working hard to look at what your teaching experience will be like for the new academic year and to create flexibility in that offer should there be any changes in the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions at any point during the academic year.
Our intention is that this flexibility will allow us to make available, as part of our overall teaching offer, face-to-face learning experiences that would still comply with any changing safety restrictions.
Innovations in teaching events, online activities, other learning materials and experiences have also been developed based on what has worked well for students this year and from student feedback.
We are delighted to be able to offer our students an experience which will adopt the positive elements of both face-to-face and online teaching, based on our learnings of the last 15 months, but, importantly, can quickly adapt if government stipulations alter at any point during the academic year.
In this model for your learning experience, the re-introduction of face-to-face teaching for smaller groups will be complemented with convenient online materials, which can be accessed as and when you desire.
Our commitment to providing face-to-face teaching will remain even if the Government decides that some social distancing will need to continue come September, or be reintroduced during your studies.
In that instance, we intend to still have face-to-face teaching time but would be making some minor tweaks to delivery to create an environment that, with the co-operation of our students, will be as safe as possible and in line with government restrictions.
From September 2021, to help us facilitate face-to-face learning opportunities, we will also be looking at scheduling lessons early evening each weekday, up to 7pm. However, we will endeavour to ensure that you have no more than two sessions between 5pm and 7pm each week.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on to campus in September and will do all we can to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed in your studies.
The fact that our tutors have created a sense of community for us online really shows their passion for the subject and how much they care about student wellbeing.
Our teaching and learning technologies will help you make the most of digital learning and you’ll receive all the support you need to get started.
Through DMU Replay, you can get anytime access to recorded audio-visual content and re-watch your lectures as many times as you like, while MS Teams will enable you to take part in engaging, interactive live sessions with your fellow students and lecturers.
Find out more about the IT and online learning resources we offer, and how we can support you to use this technology confidently to perform at your best, in the Your DMU IT Handbook.
Library and Learning Services
With a huge range of study spaces, our Library facilities cater for different requirements, and are open for extended hours, with a friendly, knowledgeable team on hand to help. Our Library and Learning Services provide enhanced support and online resources, including:
Technology and software support
Finding and referencing sources
- Get advice on effective literature searching to make the best use of books and other library resources, with subject-specific resources in handy subject guides from our subject librarians.
- Learn how to follow good academic practice, by citing and referencing appropriately and using Reference Management Software, with our referencing guide.
- Search for and locate library resources for your course, including digital and printed books, journal articles and database collections.
- Hone your academic skills for your assignments with workshops and tutorials through our CLaSS team.
- Develop your understanding of maths and statistics through our Maths Learning Centre.
- Benefit from mentoring opportunities to support your learning and development.
- Access a vast array of online training courses through LinkedIn Learning, and get help with academic writing and maths via Studiosity.
For further information and support, join our library live chat sessions or submit a query through JustAsk or our 24/7 LibChat.
We're continually trying to keep the experience of learning online, in a virtual environment, as close to the real thing as possible.
Take a look at your Student Handbook
We’ve developed this Student Handbook in collaboration with our students to help you make the most of digital learning at DMU. The handbook covers your online pre-induction, a glossary of the types of sessions you’ll experience, and top tips for learning online. It also explains where you can go to for academic support, and self-assessment tools to help you reflect on your skills.
We have also developed a handbook specifically for Postgraduate Research students.