In the same way that we help you understand how to effectively participate in learning on campus, we also want to make sure that you can make the most of online learning.
We have designed these principles of online learning class conduct as ‘steps’ that are really important you take, in order to fully enjoy your time at MDX.
They are for both students and staff – anyone that participates in online learning and teaching. It’s important that everyone on #TeamMDX commits to these principles to make it work.
The principles apply to all types of online teaching and learning activities including virtual classroom meetings, webinars, online group work and collaboration. The term ‘online classroom’ is used to represent all these environments.
This is an online journey from your first encounter with the technology to constructive online behaviours, giving and receiving feedback and seeking further support.
If you have additional needs because of a disability, the Disability and Dyslexia Support team (DDS) are here to help.
When we feel confident with technology, it has a positive impact on our engagement and online conduct.
Your tutors will introduce the online etiquette to you at the start of each online classroom.
However, here are some handy tips to get you thinking:
While you are expected to attend all timetabled sessions, your tutors will offer a range of engagement options to allow you to participate in the way your circumstances allow (e.g. you might have low broadband, lack of a quiet study space).
We understand that you might find online classroom interaction more challenging than in a physical space. It’s important you recognise this and let your tutor or programme leader know, so that they can offer alternative solutions.
If you are concerned that your devices (e.g. laptop, MacBook, Chromebook) may not cover what you need for online learning, please speak with your Programme Team. Generally speaking, as long as your device can run the latest operating system, then it will be sufficient for online learning.
Good conduct in an online classroom means behaving in a respectful, inclusive and tolerant manner towards both your fellow students and your teaching staff.
We're very proud of the campaigning work done by our own students as part of the Changing the Culture Initiative, which showcases the importance of respect in a powerful way.
It’s important that we all act responsibly to keep ourselves and our peers safe online. Pay attention to your own and other people’s rights for digital privacy.
University-supported platforms comply with online security principles and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Offer constructive comments to each other, your tutors and University services on any aspect of the online classroom that works well or that you feel could be further improved.
Your tutors might do quick surveys during the online classroom sessions. Your feedback matters, so make sure you are heard!
There are no silly questions when it comes to online classrooms. Be proactive and search for further guidance and training.