New Hybrid Teaching Rooms Coming Soon

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New Hybrid Teaching Rooms Coming Soon 

As you will be aware, and based on the current government guidance, we are planning to offer the majority of students a full campus experience in the coming academic year. At the same time, we recognise there may be pandemic-related disruption at different points in the year, and we know that some of our international students may be unable to join us at the start of term. 

To prepare for this possibility, we have been engaged in a project to make a number of hybrid teaching spaces available where students can be online if required and still access the live teaching session in real time (synchronous delivery). The technology being installed was piloted in the Teaching and Learning building during Semester 2, 2020/21 and is proven to provide delivery of synchronous teaching in the classroom and to remote students. We will evaluate academic and student experience of the selected equipment as the year progresses.

The Project Team is installing hybrid teaching equipment in 60 rooms, with the intention that all of these rooms will be ready for the start of Semester 1, 2021/22. This includes 20 large teaching rooms with capacity for 100 to 400 people, and a further 40 smaller rooms with capacity for 10 to 24. A list of rooms is available via the Hybrid Teaching Room hub detailed below.  

Each room was selected following discussions with the Senior Education Team, HEFi, Timetabling and LRAT. Factors considered included identifying programmes with high numbers of overseas students, cohort size, locations around campus, provision of TAMU support, and the suitability of room infrastructure for conversion.

A new Hybrid Teaching Room Hub provides you with a central source of information, detailing which rooms we are working on, when we expect each to be ready, how to use the technology once it is available. You will find a range of resources, developed collaboratively by HEFi and academic colleagues, for staff and students who have sessions timetabled in the teaching rooms equipped for hybrid delivery. We’ll also share updates via the Hub as these rooms become available. 

Academics are invited to book a place on one of our familiarisation sessions, which are listed on the Hybrid Teaching Room Hub. These sessions offer you the opportunity to try out the equipment and become familiar with how it works. We do recommend that, if you find that you will be teaching in one of these rooms once timetables are released, you attend these sessions before a live teaching session.  

Visit the Hybrid Teaching Room Hub at: https://bham.sharepoint.com/sites/HybridTeaching 

We will evaluate this initiative throughout the academic year, and we look forward to receiving your feedback and that of your students.