Psychology has been an early adopter in the comprehensive provision of a Virtual Learning Environment., since the provision of Blackboard we have aimed to provide a complete coverage of all our teaching activities and encourage the use of all the facilities and tools available. We envisage the VLE as key to supporting the teaching and the student experience within the department. All items relating to teaching are expected to provided via the VLE in an integrated manner, eg lecture recordings (Replay) and Reading Lists.  The VLE will provide an archive for students to access during their whole course (for example 3rd years students can access their first year resources). 

Coverage

On the undergraduate programme (BSc and MSci) each of our 5 core strands and each Advanced Module has a VLE 'site'.  We have templates which outline the provision and approximate structure, but encourage the staff to customise their module to suit their delivery whilst not affecting clarity, expectations and consistency.

In addition to the core and advanced modules we provide a number of extra VLE 'sites', some for housekeeping (such as submission points for essays) some for materials that are general and used in many courses (Academic Skills, IT Extras, Dept Seminars, Programming and others).

Expected Module Provision

Each module's 'site' will provide

Each teaching session will have a 'page' which will include a

Optional Module tools

Staff are encouraged to use the range of tool available from the VLE such as formative quizes in support of their teaching.  The E-learning team are always willing and available to discuss potential uses and benefits and offer guidance on best practice when engaging with these facilities.

Module Access and Enrolment 

Students are automatically enrolled on their modules via the central systems (SITS) and managed by the VLE support team. They should all be available in the first week of term and often beforehand. Staff are added to modules that they teach on and can be added to any other module by a request to the module leader.  Guest students (from other depts or not doing an elective module) can contact the module organiser to seek enrolment.

Engagement and Usage

The department expect the students and staff to engage with the VLE via their modules.


Accessibility

We aim to make sure all our materials are accessible by all students.  We have adopted a number of good practices to aid this (and general provision) as listed below (see https://elearningyork.wordpress.com/learning-design-and-development/technology-enhanced-learning-handbook/1-baseline-use-of-the-vle/1-2-key-accessibility-guidelines/ for extra guidance)

Contact:

The department takes accessibility issues seriously and we are always keen to improve and solve any outstanding problems that maybe encountered.  If students do have specific requests and or issues accessing materials or require further support they should contact ################ (PAUL - DO WE we want this to be a central person - like Louise or Academic staff member/role or the INFORMATION PROVIDER ?) to discuss what can be provided to aid learning.