In 2017 UCL Education Committee approved a policy according to which lecture materials are to be made available to students 48 hours in advance. You can read background to the decision and a more detailed rationale on the UCL Teaching and Learning Portal.
As well as benefiting students whose first language is not English, this measure helps to fulfil our responsibilities for the 2010 Equalities Act. We need to ask ourselves:
This page offers guidance for achieving this with minimum hassle.
On the Moodle space itself and elsewhere, remind students that they can expect lecture materials 48 hours in advance.
In some cases where it is difficult to get materials in advance (for example if the presenter is a guest) then offering a link to the previous year's materials may be a working solution.
What you provide may take the form of files containing slides, notes, key tables and diagrams.
You can drag and drop files from your computer's file management program into Moodle's upload field, which should save you some clicks.
You can either drag and drop multiple files into the upload field, or you can zip (compress and bundle) the files into a single file which you can upload to Moodle and unzip there.
If your materials are published rather than bespoke, then you can link students to them via ReadingLists@UCL embedded into Moodle.
You can also link directly to materials rather than reproducing them.
If students have the opportunity to ask questions in advance, you then have the opportunity to address these in your lecture. In Moodle use a HotQuestion activity for this, or in Lecturecast ALP (see below) post slides and explicitly encourage questions.
'Flipping' is the practice of moving all or most of the didactic material into resources which the students engage with outside their in-person sessions. Those sessions then become more participative; students may work through exercises or discuss ideas.
The Achilles heel of flipping is ensuring that students do the advance work - otherwise, the in-person session fails. One approach is to let students know that you will be using Moodle Reports to check access to the materials, and monitoring this as attendance. Another is to require students to ask questions about the materials (either through HotQuestion or through Lecturecast ALP) and monitor that as attendance.
The materials made available in advance could include, say, a 15-minute video presentation made on Lecturecast Personal Capture, along with materials, and instructions about asking questions.
You can use Lecturecast ALP (Active Learning Platform) just for slides, without recording a lecture. It may suit you if you want to:
See the guidance on linking to Lecturecast ALP via Moodle and for instructors working with slides and 'interactive activities'.
Use the toggle switch to turn 'Edit mode' on and click the edit (pen) icon next to the resource title which is the 'Edit Title' option. Type your amendments, then press Enter when finished and your new title will automatically save.
You may be leaving gaps in your materials e.g. because you have exercises to be worked on during the session. Lecturecast allows you to hide and reveal individual slides, but if you aren't using that then you may need to provide the complete slides afterwards.
If you need to overwrite a file you have already uploaded as a Moodle resource, you can do so by editing the resource, deleting the existing file and uploading the new one. You don't need to create the entire resource again from scratch.
Alternatively, you might prefer to use conditional release (see below) to automatically hide and reveal different resources before and after your lecture.
If you have multiple files then create a Folder for them, to avoid over-stuffing the front page.
If you have post-lecture materials to release which are different from the pre-lecture materials e.g. if they contain answers to questions, you can upload them and set them to automatically release at a certain date and time.
If you need to make materials available to some groups and not others, you can put those students into a group and restrict access to or from that group.
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