Student guidelines for online learning

Student guidelines for online learning

These guidelines are designed to help students in their online learning process and other issues related to the online platforms UM is using.

Version 2 | 22 September 2020 | This version supersedes the same set published in the Prospectus 2020/21 

 

  1. These guidelines are meant to help you regulate yourself with respect to the online teaching system at Junior College.
  2. Access your official UM JC email account daily – all correspondence to and from you should be done only through it.
  3. Access your JC VLE account daily to view what your tutors/departments have sent you.
  4. Attend all online live sessions, follow all recorded sessions, download notes/presentations and take note of information sent to you by lecturers or subject coordinators.
  5. You are expected to log in through the JC VLE to join online live sessions.
  6. Request that one-to-one sessions are recorded.
  7. Participate in live sessions in the same way you used to in class. Your lecturers expect you to contribute to these sessions, unless directed otherwise by your tutor or the College Administration.
  8. You are obliged to leave your camera switched on and your microphone switched off unless your tutor directs you otherwise.
  9. Communicate with your tutor if you have a valid reason to keep the video off, before the session takes place.
  10. Online live sessions may be recorded by your tutor. Recordings are kept in compliance with the UM Data Privacy Policy.
  11. If you are under 16 years of age at the time of the online sessions, you must obtain the permission of your parents/guardians to participate in such sessions. You are expected to contact the Student Services Office (SSO) via email and follow their instructions about the matter.
 
  1. Attendance for online sessions is obligatory.  You will receive an invite to join sessions.
  2. Your presence will be noted and officially listed in our records.
  3. Live sessions may only be held in accordance with the timetables slots.
 
  1. Work out any assigned task/assignment regularly and when required hand it in as instructed.
  2. You are expected to view recommended online resources or recordings of lectures sent or uploaded by tutors. 
  3. It is entirely your responsibility to make sure that you are aware of the starting time and duration of any online tests/assignments.
  4. Hand in your work in the requested format on time. Work handed in late will be subject to the sanctions as outlined in ‘Important Procedures & Student Duties’ .
  5. If you are experiencing difficulties in handing in your work on time, kindly communicate with your tutor before the deadline.
 
  1. You are expected to use your full name and surname (the one used when registering to join JC) when logging on to online live sessions. Nicknames or short name versions are not allowed. If you do not abide by this you will be logged out of the session.
  2. Be courteous and respectful at all times.
  3. You cannot share any content/images/videos to which you are given access without consent.
  4. Do not share with anyone invitations to join Zoom or other sessions without the express permission of the person sending you the invite.
  5. Do not record or take snap shots of any part of an online session without the express permission of the individuals involved in the session particularly of your tutors or other students. Very serious actions will be taken against you if you do so.
  6. Exhibit responsible behaviour particularly during live sessions and chats. The JC Code of Behaviour still applies to the online platforms.
  7. Disciplinary action will be taken against those who violate the above or in any way disrupt the learning and teaching process. This may include suspending your access to online learning.
 
  1. You are expected to have access to the following minimum requirements in order to follow online sessions: personal computer with a functional microphone and camera, a printer and a scanning app/device. Please be aware that pictures of assignments/work taken using your camera may not always be of the expected quality.
  2. When you are using video, good frontal lighting is required. The use of frontal light such as from a window or a lamp is ideal. Backlighting should be avoided as it puts the presenter in silhouette.
  3. When you are using video, it is highly recommended that you choose an appropriate background.
 
  1. One should take into account that online sessions may not be taking place in the College environment. Outside College there may be other issues and responsibilities, which have a bearing on both the teaching and the learning process.  
  2. One needs to be patient as there may be technical problems at both ends; connections might time out and so on.
  3. Everyone should be supportive to both staff and students.
  4. Reach out and assist fellow students who may have difficulties adjusting to this style of teaching.
  5. Those who need academic support are encouraged to contact their respective lecturers or subject coordinators.
  6. If you have difficulties with the JC VLE, or with your UM IT email account connect with IT Services for assistance.
  7. It can happen that you might experience certain constraints, which make it difficult for you to commit properly to your online learning. If this happens you may approach people of trust along the line of responsibility at College starting with a tutor, a Subject Coordinator, an Area Coordinator or any other professional at College. If need be, you may also approach the Principal directly. In any case, the College will try its best to guide you and help you. 
  8. If you require financial support, you may also make an official request to avail yourself of the JC4Others Fund . In this case, you will need to fill in a request form as prescribed on the JC website. All requests will be treated with due confidentiality. 
  9. If you would like to give any feedback about your experience of online learning, please send an email to the Principal.


 


 

https://www.jc.um.edu.mt/services/officeoftheprincipal/guidelines/studentguidelinesforonlinelearning