Open Policies for Learning and Teaching

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The University of Edinburgh shares a number of its Learning and Teaching policies and associated guidance under Creative Commons licence to enable them to be reused by other institutions.

Virtual Classroom Policy

Approved 2020. CC BY-SA

https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/virtualclassroompolicy.pdf

This policy clarifies rights and responsibilities when delivering and recording teaching and learning using the Virtual Classroom service and other online communication and collaboration technologies. Overview The Virtual Classroom service is used in the regular delivery of fully-online programmes, and, in response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, has also permitted online and hybrid delivery of programmes normally delivered on campus. The intention of this policy is to help manage the potential risks posed by challenges and complexities in the arrangements for virtual classes. The policy extends existing principles agreed for lecture recording to this context, amending them or making separate provision where required.

Slides covering etiquette, identity and recording, designed for use in virtual classroom sessions are available to download under open licence here: Virtual Classroom Introduction Slides.

Digital Citizenship Guide

Published 2020. CC BY-SA

https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/help-consultancy/is-skills/digital-safety-and-citizenship/about

The University also provides a Digital Citizenship Guide which should be read alongside the University’s Virtual Classroom Policy, which clarifies rights and responsibilities when delivering and recording teaching and learning using online communication and collaboration technologies.

Lecture Recording Policy

Approved 2018. CC BY-SA.

https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/lecture_recording_policy.pdf

This policy has been developed to ensure that:

  • Provision of recorded lectures is comprehensive, consistent and efficient and enhances the student experience.
  • Students, teachers, visiting presenters and academic managers are clear on their rights and responsibilities when lectures are recorded.

The University of Edinburgh recognises the benefits to students of the ability to revisit all or part of a lecture. It recognises further the benefits for particular groups of students, for example those with certain learning difficulties or those whose first language is not English. The policy addresses the need to provide clarity on the rights of those involved in each recording and the conditions under which lectures should and should not be recorded, released to students or released publicly.

Learning Analytics Principles and Purposes

Approved 2017, amended 2018. CC BY.

https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/learninganalyticsprinciples.pdf

The document defines learning analytics, and sets out the University’s principles and purposes for learning analytics. It will be accompanied by a more detailed policy and procedure setting out how the University will manage data stewardship issues such as transparency, consent, ethics, privacy and access, retention and disposal of data in line with these principles and purposes.

Learning analytics has been defined as ‘the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs’ (Society for Learning Analytics Research, 2012).

Open Education Resources Policy

Approved 2016. CC BY-NC-SA.

https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/openeducationalresourcespolicy.pdf

This policy outlines the University’s position on Open Educational Resources (OERs) and provides guidelines for practice in learning and teaching.

The University encourages staff and students to use, create, and publish OERs to enhance the quality of the student experience, enhance the provision of learning opportunities for all, and improve teaching practices. It also recognises that use, creation, and publication of OERs are consistent with the University’s reputation, values, and mission to “make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing”.

This policy is adapted from University of Leeds Open Educational Resources Document, and incorporates additions from the GCU Interim OER Policy and the University of Greenwich Position in relation to Open Educational Practices 2015-2017.

You can find more resources related to Open Policy here https://open.ed.ac.uk/open-policy/

Header image: Policy by Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0, Alpha Stock Images