Your teaching and learning
"DMU gives you every opportunity imaginable, as long as you’re willing to take it."
Elizabeth Walecki, Fashion Textiles
Your education is our top priority and we are working hard to make sure that we provide you with a high-quality teaching and learning experience in the safest way possible.
Our flexible, blended approach will feature a mix of both online and face-to-face teaching. All students will receive some ‘live’ learning every week, this will be provided online or - where it is safe to do so - face-to-face.
We know that you’ll need our support more than ever, so there will also be plenty of enhanced study and technical support to ensure you have all the tools you need to excel, no matter your level of ability.
"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."
Dr Matt Jones
Take a look at your Student Handbook
To help you make the most of learning online, we’ve developed this Student Handbook in collaboration with our students. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about studying online at DMU, including:
- Information on your online pre-induction
- A glossary of the types of online sessions you’ll experience
- Top tips for learning online
- Where to go for support
- Self-assessment tools to help you reflect on your skills
We have also developed a handbook specifically for Postgraduate Research students, take a look here.
"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!"
De Montfort Students’ Union Academic Representation Officer Laura Flowers
Our blend of online 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, flexible ways of learning, flexible study resources and flexible ways of testing learning.
- Your teaching will be conducted using a mix of synchronous (i.e. live), asynchronous (i.e. non-live) and face-to-face approaches to provide you with the best learning environment to excel.
- All lectures will be delivered safely online through DMU Replay and all students will receive some ‘live’ learning every week either online or face-to-face.
- Where safety guidelines and social distancing can be observed, you will be able to meet one-to-one with your lecturers by appointment.
- We are working on ensuring you will receive virtual access to computer labs and specialist software. We are also striving to provide other teaching content, such as practical and lab-based sessions, seminars, workshops and tutorials face-to-face as much as possible where social distancing can be observed. We will have more information on this soon and will share it with you here.
"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."
Harry Abbott, Film Studies
Our state-of-the-art technologies will help you make the most of learning online and you’ll receive all the support you need to get started.
DMU Replay gives our students anytime access to recorded audio-visual content. It allows you to learn in a way that suits you and means you can go back and watch your lectures as many times as you like to reinforce your learning.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that will enable you to take part in engaging interactive sessions with your fellow students and lecturers.
- IT and learning technologies form a significant component of the educational experience at university with a common core of learning and teaching tools. You can find out more about them here.
Your DMU IT Handbook
Using technology confidently is an important part of your education at DMU, especially as we adopt our blend of online and face-to-face learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, we’ve created the Your DMU IT Handbook to help you find out more about what IT and online learning resources we can offer and how we can support you to perform at your best. You’ll find useful information on our Virtual Learning Environment, specialist software, advice on using your own IT equipment, how to stay secure online and much more.
"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"
Malina Maliogka, Dance
Library and Learning Services
Our Library and Learning Services are working on an enhanced package of support and online resources for all requirements and levels of capability.
Our suite of updated and redesigned Learning Technologies help guides will support you to confidently use Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams and more.
Access and learn how to use MS365 Office and study support software through the new Digital Student Skills Hub. For example, mind mapping and note taking software for brainstorming and formulating and structuring your written assignments and presentations.
If you need further support, the weekly library live chat sessions will give you the chance to ask the Library teams for help.
Bespoke faculty-specific online resources will help you in using assistive technology for your work.
The Computer Skills 101 online workshop is aimed at students who are beginners at using computers and Windows 10.
Effective literature searching that makes best use of books and other library resources: access resources and support through our Subject Guides.
Follow good academic practice by citing and referencing appropriately and using Reference Management Software: access to resources and support through our Referencing Guide.
Access your resources for your course both online and print.
Support your learning of new academic skills for your assignments.
Support your learning of Maths and Statistics.
Mentoring opportunities to support your learning and development.
"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"
Sonia Wang, Master of Business Administration MBA (Global)
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."
Dr TJ Moore, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science