As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Heriot-Watt University has developed an approach to learning called Responsive Blended Learning. This approach will ensure you can begin – and complete – the academic year on schedule, wherever you may be in the world. Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) combines supported online learning with context-appropriate on-campus learning opportunities, responding dynamically to the changing external context.
The RBL approach will mean that you will learn through engaging online webinars, tutorials, discussions, and projects. When our campus spaces become more accessible, we will be able to make appropriate use of these, and small groups will be able to access and make the most of our modern and specialist learning spaces.
RBL will still allow you to be a part of the global Heriot-Watt community, and to learn alongside your fellow students, engage with learning opportunities, and be guided and supported by your knowledgeable and experienced academic course team.
The majority of your online learning will be through Vision – our virtual learning environment (VLE). Vision will be a key hub for learning and will be a space for interaction and engagement that will combine live sessions with opportunities for you to engage flexibly at a time that will suit you.
Watch this video to learn more about staying connected through the myHWU Student Portal, Vision (your virtual learning environment), Collaborate Ultra, Office 365, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and eduroam.
Induction: Become a part of the community and meet academic staff and your peers on campus and/or online, from the word go. Log in to Vision for your induction materials and sessions.
myHWU Student Portal: Keep up to date with your studies and the latest info at www.portal.ac.uk where you can also connect with your Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor is a member of academic staff who will be a key source of advice, guidance and support during your time at Heriot-Watt; and your first point of contact if you need advice on any issue, both academic and non-academic. They can also refer you to other support services where relevant for non-academic matters.
Teaching on campus: on campus teaching will mainly take place in small groups in Semester one, following health and safety guidance that includes social distancing. Limits on numbers in each room are set by the Scottish government.
The Library and study spaces: The library on our Edinburgh campus re-opened for study space and access to print collections from the 7th September, where a click and collect service will be available, along with an extensive range of resources and support services available online. Support and training/teaching will remain online for the time being. The library will be limiting occupancy to 200 at a time in line with the latest Govt guidelines.
Guides on Responsive Blended Learning for students
- Guide 1: Getting started in Responsive Blended Learning: A guide for students
- Guide 2: Top Tips for students engaging with RBL
- Guide 3: Accessibility tools: A guide for students
- Guide 4: Netiquette guide
- Guide 5: How to access and use Collaborate Ultra: A guide for students
We look forward to seeing you! Stay safe, and don’t forget we are here to support you, every step of the way.