Responsive Blended Learning: Student Guide

Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) combines active, supported online learning with contextually appropriate face-to-face learning opportunities, responding dynamically to the changing external context. This approach enables students to proceed with their studies alongside their peers, whatever pandemic-related restrictions are lifted or imposed in specific contexts.

Making the most of RBL

RBL offers a fantastic opportunity to study and learn with your peers online and on-campus.

The materials below provide you with key information about Responsive Blended Learning for students.

Getting started with Responsive Blended Learning: A guide for students‘ provides an overview of what Responsive Blended Learning means for students and helps them find answers to key questions such as ‘what does this mean for my studies’ and ‘what support will I have access to’.

Making the most of Responsive Blended Learning: A guide for students draws on the experiences of semester 1 to provide suggestions on how you can structure your time and plan your studies to make the most of the combination of live and asynchronous sessions that make up Responsive Blended Learning.

Online learning may be more accessible for some students and less so for others, this guide outlines key accessibility information about the main learning tools you will use whilst studying. More detailed information and support, including information on assistive technology which is available, is provided through the Disability Service.

Download the AY20/21 ‘Accessibility tools for students’ guide (this covers Vision our VLE in AY20/21).

Download the AY21/22 ‘Accessibility tools for students’ guide (this covers Canvas our VLE from AY21/22).

These tips for behaving appropriately whilst online will help you to keep your interactions respectful and in keeping with the Heriot-Watt values. The guide covers general netiquette and specific tips for engaging in live online teaching sessions and interacting in discussion boards.

Download the ‘Netiquette’ guide.

This video will provide you with information on how to get connected at Heriot-Watt University and navigate the online University programs that you will be using for Responsive Blended Learning in the coming academic year.

View the ‘Getting Connected’ video.

Our virtual classroom tool, Collaborate Ultra, enables you to engage with your classmates and course team in live teaching sessions. This guide explains how to access and use Collaborate Ultra.

Download the AY20-21 student guide on ‘How to access and use Collaborate Ultra in Vision’.

Download the AY21-22 student guide on ‘How to access and use Collaborate Ultra in Canvas.

Microsoft Teams is used for 1:1 conversations with students e.g. personal tutoring, research supervision etc. It can also be used by students to communicate with each other. This guide explains how to access and use Teams.

Download the ‘Accessing and using Teams Student Guide’.

Assessment and feedback play a really important role in helping you to learn and develop. This guide explains how to get the most out of them.

Download the ‘Making the most of Assessment and Feedback’ guide.

For further support in using technology or to otherwise engage effectively with Responsive Blended Learning access the Student Skills Hub. (Internal HW login required)