From the moment that we made the pioneering decision to move to online teaching earlier this year we have seen the challenges of the pandemic as an opportunity to further develop our undergraduate academic provision, to ensure our small classes are as engaging as possible, and to enable additional opportunities for students to engage with their teachers and with each other.
Our students have found that in many ways teaching support has been enhanced by virtual opportunities to access and speak with our talented and dedicated teachers and lecturers.
Our economics student experience builds on lecture and classes and is enhanced by “office hours” and other support sessions, which are opportunities for individual interaction with teachers and researchers, alongside all-important peer interaction, formal and informal.
For Michaelmas Term 2020, lectures will be delivered online as a mix of pre-recorded videos and interactive live events that will also be recorded. We have been using lecture capture technology for more than a decade, as have other companion departments, such as Mathematics, so we have extensive experience with online provision. Students appreciate and sometime even prefer the opportunity to pause, rewind, and hear again our inspiring professors.
Companion classes of up to 20 students will take place on campus as soon as it is safe to do so, and virtually until then. Irrespective of whether our classes are delivered on campus or virtually, they will be designed to be interactive and students can expect to engage with each other.
There will also be ample opportunities for Question and Answer follow-up and we are planning new and engaging ways for you to interact with your teachers and each other. Like in any academic year, you will need to allocate up to another 20 hours over and above timetabled contact hours for preparation, reading, thinking and coursework. It will be much more fun to work alongside others and exchange ideas, so do work in study groups (and we will give you a helping hand in forming these).