Hybrid seminars in the School of Engineering

Group teaching simultaneously takes place both digitally and on-campus, and is included in your student timetable.  Social distancing means that we must work within strict building capacity limitations, so students are scheduled for in-person attendance at a proportion of the on-campus activities available for their course.  For the remaining activities, and for those unable to be on campus, you can attend digitally.

What is a hybrid seminar?

A hybrid seminar is a form of group teaching in which students participate either in-person or digitally at a scheduled class time.  Hybrid seminars generally take the form of “worked examples” classes where specific problems are introduced by the lecturer, worked on by the class and then discussed.  

Hybrid seminars are delivered alongside the other digital content for your course, and are facilitated by the academic course team, sometimes with the help of tutors and demonstrators.  They help foster connections and a feeling of community between learners in each course cohort. 

Hybrid seminars have been designed to enable you to attend group teaching safely in-person on campus, and you can find details of the measures which the School has taken to safeguard your health and safety in the Health and Wellbeing section of this page.

Will hybrid seminars be live and interactive for all students?

Hybrid seminars will be live and interactive, whether you are attending in-person or digitally.  The methods of interaction will naturally be a bit different for those who are at the hybrid seminar in-person to those joining digitally, but our aim is that all will be able to participate equally.

Depending on the type of activity being held in a hybrid seminar, all students will be encouraged to participate live.  Hybrid seminars may include work carried out in smaller breakout groups. 

If I’m scheduled to attend a hybrid seminar in-person, can I attend digitally instead?

Hybrid seminars have been designed to be flexible, so if, on the day, you decide to attend digitally you will find the link in your timetable to enable you to do so.  

How can off-campus students in different time zones take part in hybrid seminars?

If you are unable to attend a scheduled event due to a time zone difference, or for any other reason, you will be able to watch a recorded version of the event, or in some cases participate in a repeated session.  Hybrid seminar recordings will be available to all students on the course for review after the event.

Each course will be designed to offer other opportunities to collaborate and ask questions outside scheduled classes, for example through discussion boards on Learn.