Your education is our top priority. At DMU, it is so important to us t hat 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.
Our flexible teaching methods feature both online and face-to-face delivery. All students will receive some ‘live’ learning every week, either digitally or - where it is safe to do so - face-to-face.
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.
As a super recent student myself, I have loved being involved in the creation of the Your DMU Future handbook. It has everything you need to know for joining us, including tips for settling in and making the most of your student experience!
Our combination of digital and face-to-face learning ensures you receive the high-quality education experience you expect while still engaging with your peers and lecturers.
We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we aim to provide all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences, with an equal learning experience through flexible approaches to teaching, learning, study resources and assessments.
We are currently delivering teaching using a mix of synchronous (i.e. live), asynchronous (i.e. non-live) and face-to-face approaches. Lectures are delivered online through DMU Replay and all students will receive some ‘live’ learning every week - either online or face-to-face, in line with current government restrictions.
Virtual access to computer labs and specialist software means that you can work effectively, wherever you are. Other teaching content, such as practical and lab-based sessions, seminars, workshops and tutorials, will be delivered face-to-face as much as possible in line with the latest government restrictions and where social distancing can be observed.
From September 2021, to help us maximise the face-to-face opportunities we can provide, 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.
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 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 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.
All of our tutors have been very helpful during this strange time. I’ve had continuous support with all of my written submissions and they’ve been really amazing at bringing attention to all the work we have done over the past academic year
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
- Confidently use Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams and more with our Learning Technologies help guides.
- Access and learn how to use Microsoft 365 and study support software, including mind-mapping and note-taking tools, through the new Digital Student Skills Hub.
- Gain confidence using computers and Windows 10 with The Computer Skills 101 workshop.
- Faculty-specific online resources will help you to use assistive technology for your work.
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.
- 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.
- 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 weekly library live chat sessions or submit a query through our 24/7 LibChat.
The remote learning has been great so far, we’re still able to have discussions and ask questions about the lecture material. All of the academics have kept in touch with us throughout the lockdown through different platforms, and we’ve been able to keep working and collaborating with our course-mates online too
Watch Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science, Dr TJ Moore, explain how DMU’s staff and students are adapting to online learning:
We're continually trying to keep the experience of learning online, in a virtual environment, as close to the real thing as possible.