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A blended and interactive approach to learning and teaching will be adopted across all programmes.

 The rapid transformation of our provision in 2020 demonstrated how technology can be effective in making education more flexible and inclusive. While we will remain a University focused on delivering an excellent experience on campus, we want to build on our achievements to offer a blended approach to learning and teaching that combines the digital and physical environments. This will allow us to benefit from digital transformation and investment in online teaching, and offer flexibility to students, allowing time on campus to be dedicated to high-quality in-person interactive provision that can fit around their lives.

We know that the best learning experience is one where students are actively engaged and develop an enquiring mind set. We will stimulate this by creating an environment that does not rely on the passive transfer of knowledge, but where on-campus learning is centred around participatory interactive activities where students, individually and in groups, explore their subject and connect with the Brunel community. We will introduce ‘curriculum co-creation’ student interns, giving students a role in shaping our provision in a meaningful way. We will also give students the opportunity to personalise their studies through the option of a supported Independent Study module on an approved topic of their own choice.

Actions and Priorities

What are we trying to achieve?

A blended, technology-enabled approach to all our provision, introducing flexibility for students and giving them the ability to take ownership of their studies and become partners in curriculum design and delivery. 

Why?

The best learning experience is one in which students are actively engaged, and technology provides flexibility and efficient use of resources such that campus can be dedicated to high-quality in-person interactive teaching.

Our priorities for 2021/22

  • Start institutional discussions to agree definitions of ‘blended’ and ‘active’ learning so that it is clear what these terms means in the context of a Brunel education
  • Collate and share case studies and best practice of ‘blended’ and ‘active’ learning approaches for different subjects
  • Facilitate enhancements of ‘blended’ and ‘active’ learning approaches by implementing a new Virtual Learning Environment
  • Ensure our educational aspirations are reflected in the development of the estate and future technology investments
  • Improve timetabling process to facilitate flexible delivery