Statement on delivery of teaching in SLCL for the Autumn Trimester 2020-21

For questions relating to a particular subject/ module, please contact: slcl@ucd.ie

UCD is committed to ensuring that each student can engage with their academic programme effectively and has access to the highest quality learning and student experience possible. Schools in the College of Arts and Humanities are prioritising wellbeing, quality, and flexibility, across all our modules. Our stimulating teaching and learning environments are designed to ensure your safety, to meet disciplinary demands, and to provide access for all. Each School will use a specific blend of on-campus and virtual teaching modes to give you the best experience.

School Statement

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics is aware of the continuing challenges the current health situation poses for teaching and learning in the spring trimester. 

While we would  have very much hoped for a gradual return of at least some of our teaching activities to the campus  over the coming weeks, the current health guidelines and restrictions and the national level 5 lockdown do not allow this for the time being. As all students have been informed by the Registrar before Christmas, module delivery for the coming trimester will remain online until further notice*, and regardless of any changes, all students will be able to follow classes remotely until the end of the spring term, with all content made accessible to them. Assessments and exams will also be online. 

While the spring trimester might therefore look somewhat different to what you would have envisaged and hoped, we are still committed to providing the best learning experience that we can under the circumstances. 

With this in mind, our teaching in the spring will continue to be guided by the following principles:

1.) Undergraduate

For the spring trimester 2020-21, we will prioritise online delivery of most of our teaching, with face-to-face components in some modules a possibility at a later stage in the trimester, only where this is of particular educational value and where space restrictions allow. 

All teaching will show up as online on students’ timetables. Should there be any change possible at a later point in the trimester, this will also be clearly indicated. The details of the teaching format in each module for the start of the semester, and any updates, will be communicated clearly by module coordinators on Brightspace prior to the start of the module.

All synchronous teaching – both online in the virtual classroom and on campus – is based on the university timetable. 

In our modules, we will place a particular focus on supporting student engagement and community building – therefore, interaction between students, and between lecturers/tutors and students, will form a substantial part of all teaching.

Students will be given ample opportunity to have virtual contact with their lecturers and tutors outside the classroom, either individually or in small groups. This will be facilitated by additional consultation hours.

*While the module timetable suggests that we will return to F2F after the March break, this is not at all certain at this moment.

2.) Postgraduate

Modules in the MA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and MA in Modern Languages will continue to be delivered online in Trimester 2.

Face-to-face contact on campus is limited to the exceptional cases permitted under current health advice: only where an element cannot be delivered through alternative means, is time-critical for students, and complies with space restrictions.

Should face-to-face contact become more generally available later in the trimester, this will be supplementary to the online core teaching arrangements and flagged well in advance.

For research activity, the James Joyce Library continues to provide invaluable support, remaining open for scheduled access for essential visits. For students who do not otherwise have suitable facilities to access learning remotely, UCD Estate Services is providing additional study spaces. You can find further Library and study-space information here: https://libguides.ucd.ie/covid19remoteaccess

While COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, SLCL will continue to run online check-ins for all postgraduate students, including talks by guest speakers and informal talks by SLCL academic colleagues.

Lecturers and tutors are available for online consultation and are anxious to support graduate students’ learning and research. While small-group graduate seminars are highly interactive, students should not hesitate to arrange an online meeting with their lecturer/tutor where necessary.

Timetable for teaching, learning and assessment for Spring 2020