Improvements to Hybrid Teaching Facilities Project

The Improvements to Hybrid Teaching Facilities Project has been formed to help safeguard the University’s ability to support teaching and learning to those attending either in person or remotely. 

About the project 

This Hybrid Teaching Facilities project was approved by the University’s COVID-19 Response Silver group in June 2021, to make improvements to around 17-25 shared teaching spaces; and provide additional guidance and support for staff providing hybrid teaching as part of a flexible and inclusive approach.  

The overall aim is to create a positive experience for staff and students, where a number of students may need to study remotely owing to the pandemic.

Project objectives

a.  Improve audio-visual and IT in a selection of Oxford’s teaching spaces.

  1. The rooms to be equipped will be decided based on input from Teaching Spaces Co-ordination Group (TSCG), Divisions and Estates. 

  2. Equipment will be re-used where possible.

  3. The desired specification will take into account accessibility requirements for in-person attendance, ease-of-use for academics, supportability, and long-term benefits for the quality of lecture recordings.

  4. The project will cover the purchase of equipment, installation, project management and transition to local support teams.

  5. An evaluation will be carried out towards the end of Michaelmas term 2021 on the utilisation of hybrid teaching methods and the upgraded teaching spaces. This information will be used to review whether further rounds of implementation are required in 2022. 

b.  Provide hybrid teaching guidance and standards, via workshops, webinars and one to one support, for further improvements at a departmental level.

Expected benefits

a.  Provide additional support for students who are not able to come into residence, due to travel restrictions – through the provision of remote, hybrid and online teaching. 
b.  Extend the inclusivity and flexibility that have been brought about by the enhanced integration of digital technology beyond the pandemic, for the benefit of all.
c.  Improved audio-visual technology that provides academic staff with confidence that material is being recorded and shared as planned.
d.  Increased opportunities for space sharing, and improved  use of space.

Project progress

The project started by engaging with members of the Teaching Spaces Co-ordination Group, representatives from the Divisions, and other relevant stakeholders such as IT Services, and Estates Services. This group was set up as a working group and the Divisional representatives consulted with departments on rooms to be considered for upgrade. 

The project engaged a preferred supplier of AV equipment, and a site audit was undertaken. Having established the specification of existing equipment, and taking into account local improvements that were already planned/underway, an implementation plan and budget, for c20 rooms, was prepared and agreed. 

A review of the hybrid teaching guidance on the Teaching Remotely webpages, and areas of current best practice, was undertaken by a Learning Designer. Guidance was updated following the review, and a series of workshops were held in September 2021, with advice on the pedagogic side of hybrid teaching.

If you have any questions, please contact the project team at htsproject@it.ox.ac.uk

Rooms

The following rooms are being upgraded by the project. This list will be updated as further rooms are confirmed.

Division/Department Building Room Status
Continuing Education Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square Pickstock Room Installed
Continuing Education Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square Sadler Room Installed
Continuing Education Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square Tawney Room Installed
Humanities Radcliffe Humanities Seminar Room Handed over
Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Dyson Perrins Building Main Lecture Theatre Handed over
Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Physical Chemistry Seminar Room Installed
Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Plant Sciences Lecture Theatre Installed
Medical Sciences Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital Lecture Theatre 1 Handed over
Medical Sciences Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital Lecture Theatre 2 Handed over
Medical Sciences Medical Sciences Teaching Centre Goss Lecture Theatre Installed
Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics Sherrington Building Large Lecture Theatre Installed
Social Sciences 64 Banbury Road 

Ground Floor Seminar Room

Handed over
Social Sciences 11 Bevington Road Seminar Room Installed

 

The following rooms are being upgraded by the relevant Division, with part-funding from the project.

Division/Department Building Room Status
Education 15 Norham Gardens Seminar Room A Installed
Language Centre 12 Woodstock Road Room 301 To be installed by Department
Law  St Cross Building Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre Installed
Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Statistics Lecture Theatre 1 To be installed by Department
Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences Mathematical Institute Taught Course Centre To be installed by Department
Oxford Department of International Development Queen Elizabeth House Meeting Room A Installed
Oxford Department of International Development Queen Elizabeth House Seminar Room 3 Installed
University Administration and Services Examination Schools East School Installed
University Administration and Services Examination Schools North School Installed
University Administration and Services Examination Schools South School Installed
       

 

Contact

Email the project team at htsproject@it.ox.ac.uk