This morning, Dean of Students Catherine McCabe launched an uncredited module called “Learning to Learn Online in Trinity”.
The new module is designed to help students adapt to the “hybrid” learning approach to be taken by Trinity, given the social distancing measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.
All registered students, postgraduate and undergraduate, can self enroll in the module through Blackboard.
College is due to commence the beginning of term on September 28, having ceased lessons March 12 at 6pm, when the government announced the closure of all schools and colleges to try limit the spread of coronavirus.
The new module is split into four parts, each designed to help students adapt to lectures online, and having only smaller tutorials face-to-face.
Three of the parts were launched this morning and are available online, with a fourth to be launched at the beginning of the teaching term.
“Getting Started for Learning Online”, “Working Together Online”, “Creating your Study Routine” and “Preparing for Assessments” are the titles of each different block in the learning module, with each separate block split into five sections.
Each different block is modeled similarly, with the first section focusing on an introduction, which explains the layout of the different sections, and explains “why it may be important for learning online at Trinity”.
The core content of the module introduces “terms” and explains “concepts” that may apply to learning online.
Each different block also includes a reflection section, which is intended for the student to reflect on the content, and determine how they will apply it to their learning.
A folder of additional resources for students learning has been included in the module to support student learning.
The module is “flexible” and can be accessed any time via Blackboard.
Student Learning Development (SLD) will also be running workshops following the “Learning to Learn Online in Trinity” module. Questions from students regarding the online learning from the module will be answered in the workshops.
The new module is a collaborative project between Academic Practice, Student Learning Development, Trinity Disability Service, the Transition to Trinity Office and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Enhancing Digital Capacity Project.
Last week, College confirmed that masks will be compulsory for staff and students on campus when classes commence.