2020 applicants

New approach to your course and learning

Following the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are focusing on delivering a high-quality education and ensuring that your teaching and learning can continue if there is further disruption. To achieve this, many of our courses will now be taught in a way that blends face-to-face classes with a range of online lectures, teaching, learning and collaborative support. We’re aiming to be as flexible as possible so if things change, you can change your pathway any time. You'll receive details of the alternative delivery arrangements in emails from our Academic Registrar and direct communications from heads of department. 

Your attendance

Your attendance record will not be affected by the move to online delivery of teaching. You won't be able or need to tap in to record your attendance when you access your teaching remotely. Please be assured your attendance record will not be adversely affected.

If your classes are cancelled, your department will be in touch to inform you and will give further appropriate details on attendance monitoring. We advise you to take IT equipment and all learning materials with you if you are leaving campus, so you can continue to access our online learning provision.

Find out more about attendance and engagement.

Exams 

Wherever possible, there will be no physical examinations on any campus during the summer term. Details of revised assessment arrangements will be published through the examinations timetable. There is also detailed information available about alternative assessment during the Covid-19 outbreak.

To make sure you receive all updates please keep your personal contact details up to date in My Essex. If you have any questions contact covid19@essex.ac.uk.

Teaching next year

We’re committed to delivering a transformative experience to all our students and maintaining your learning outcomes. For the 2020 academic year, we are focusing on delivering a high-quality education and ensuring that your teaching and learning can continue if there is further disruption. We’re aiming to be as flexible as possible so if things change you can change your pathway any time.

To achieve this, many of our courses will now be taught in a way that blends face-to-face classes with a range of online lectures, teaching, learning and collaborative support, including:

  • webinars
  • lectures and tutorials in Moodle
  • collaborative discussions
  • group project work using social media or other meeting platforms like Zoom, WhatsApp or Messenger.

There will also be other learning methods designed to help you more easily and manage the pace at which you learn the best. It will also help develop your deeper understanding of the topic. This will usually involve:

  • self-directed study
  • readings
  • online tasks.

Interactive classroom environment

You will engage in an interactive classroom environment in real-time, even if you are online, and you will have access to the resources and materials needed for your course. The interactive elements of our courses are integral to the teaching that we offer. We want our students to discuss, debate and tackle key issues together. This style of dual-delivery teaching ensures that we maintain these crucial interactive elements.

What these changes mean for your course

We want as many of our students to join us on campus as possible, but if restrictions apply or circumstances change, we can move to blended and online delivery, offering the flexibility for you to continue your studies uninterrupted, whatever the circumstances. 

This is not an online degree. This is a way to add to your expected learning. Importantly it will also mean that we can deliver teaching all year, irrespective of further periods of disruption – either to you or to the whole University. Our goal is to replicate the face-to-face teaching we would normally provide to you, digitally, where necessary, but continue to teach face-to-face where we can.

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