Introduction

In order to provide a basic level of quality for each NILE module the following layout is provided. This is the standard template that is now used for all new NILE modules with guidance on what information is included in each area defined below.

 

Module sites should not wildly deviate from the specified structure. Instead, to organise content add it to existing areas. See ‘Content items and folders’

 

 

Communication

About this module

This area is the entry point for students to the module. It may be used as a welcome and outline the key content. Information on induction may also be provided within this area. Important information relating to the module which are note covered elsewhere in the site should be in this area, e.g:

  • Module guide,
  • Learning Outcomes,
  • Key deadlines.

If there is a downloadable module guide then it should be in this area. See ‘adding passive content’.

Announcements

Clear information on any changes or updates which students need to be aware of. The calendar tool and notifications dashboard may be used to structure key announcement or planning information. See ‘Communication’.

Contact information

This section should list all of the key people who may need to be contacted by students enrolled onto this module. Ideally there should be a photo and full contact information along with clearly specified online ‘office hours’ and/or guidance on how soon students can expect a reply – it doesn’t have to be straight away, as long as they know not to expect that!

Some questions may be as easily answered by peers, so encourage students to post general or frequently asked questions to a forum, to which staff should also contribute. Avoid the use of email to answer general questions many times. See ‘Communication’.

Content

Module Activities

This is an area for material and activities relating directly to the module, such as:

  • presentations,
  • lecture recordings,
  • handouts,
  • e-tivities,
  • blogs,
  • discussion forums, etc.

Sensible use of folders (e.g. week by week or topic by topic) is necessary to create a logical layout for students to be able to find materials. Most recent resources should be clearly labelled or near the top to avoid scrolling. See ‘Designing content items and folders’.

Adaptive release may be used to selectively display content as needed. Consider ‘bite sized’ chunks of material (video or text) rather than overly long content. See ‘Adaptive release’.

Reading and Resources

The key reading material for the module with links to the source location. This may include reading lists, video guides, subject-specific resource sites, etc. The Aspire online reading list software should be used as the University’s standard tool for creating and accessing reading lists. See ‘Books and Journals’.

Assessment

Assessment Information

Assessment briefs, assessment specific materials should be here. This area should note the assignment deadlines for the module (submission and feedback dates) including re-sit dates. Details on the procedure for feedback to students on assessment should be clearly displayed. Assignment submission points should not be included in this section.

Submit Your Work

A clear location for students to go to in order to submit assignments. Only the submission point (Turnitin, Blackboard or other) should be included here. See ‘Assessments’.

Feedback and grades

This is a NILE tool area into which as an instructor you do not have to put customised content. Grades from the Grade Centre will be display to students here once it has been released. See ‘Releasing Feedback and Grades’.

Other

Tools

This link is unavailable to students but provides additional tools which tutors may make available on their sites.

Tutor Support

This link is unavailable to students but provides tutors with additional support and links in developing the site.

External Examiner

This link is unavailable to students but provides an area for providing material for External Examiners and a quick link to the content areas containing information regarding lists of students who require review.

 

About the programme

This area may be used to welcome students to the programme and outline the key content.

Announcements

Clear details about any information, changes and updates that students need to be aware of.

Contacts

This section should list all of the key people who may need to be contacted by students enrolled onto the programme. Ideally there should be a photo and full contact information along with clearly specified ‘office hours’ and guidance on how soon students can expect a reply – it doesn’t have to be straight away, as long as they know they should not to expect that!

Discussion Areas

Contains 4 blog areas which may be of use within the programme. Introductions (An area for students to introduce themselves); Student Reps (available by default – allows students to interact with their student rep); FAQs (an area for students to post questions regarding the programme); and LinkedIN (an area to promote professional networking).

Learning Support

Promotes resources and support for students whilst at their time with the University.

Personal Academic Tutor

An area to provide links and details of PATs.

Tools

This link is unavailable to students but provides additional tools which tutors may make available on their sites.

 

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