At the moment it appears that the current Level 5 measures for higher education will be in place until the end of this academic teaching term. Most practical classes in the Design and Media faculties continue to be on-campus and other very limited and pre-agreed teaching may also take place on-campus. The remainder of teaching will remain online. Your Head of Faculty will provide further guidance and clarification.
For now, we should all continue to work from home where possible. Those who have permission may access the campus, but try to do so as little as possible. For those deemed essential campus workers (including GHR, housekeeping, maintenance, security and reception teams), please continue to network with your line manager regarding your working schedule on campus. Staff members who have already been vaccinated may elect to return to campus, within safety protocols, by contacting RGC. For all attending campus, please observe the social distancing protocols.
Returning to lecturing in 2020-2021
Frequently Asked Questions
Comprehensive FAQs for staff and lecturers are available here.
Some programmes will require specific arrangements for delivery and assessment. Where necessary, Faculty Heads and Programme Directors are working closely with their programme teams and colleagues across the college.
QQI and other accreditation agencies are being kept up-to-date with our proposals to ensure the integrity and approval of our learners’ award qualifications. These proposals are progressing well and we’ll be in touch again as soon as determinations and agreements are reached.
The college recognises that the move to recording classes is new and unexpected. Our intention in recording classes (previously delivered on-campus) is solely to facilitate our 2020/2021 learners, wherever they are, so that they can continue their programmes and get their awards
The recordings of classes that arise from moving on-campus programmes online will not be made available to future learner cohorts and will not be used as a substitute for the separate delivery of our future programmes.
The College’s Digital Learning Department (DLD) has created helpful videos on how to deliver and record Zoom lectures. These are already available. The DLD team can also be contacted directly on [email protected]
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has provided an online assessment resource for the sector on Selecting Online Alternatives to Common Assessment Methods.
The College’s QAE team are working with our faculties and external agencies so that we can provide further clarity to everyone in relation to the online examinations. There will be further communication as this develops over the coming weeks.
The College is committed to retaining exams rather than moving to a range of “alternative assessments” that could otherwise compromise our existing programme awards
An Etiquette Guide has been created for online learners.
The Digital Learning Department team will help wherever they can with technical matters. Please allow them some time to assist, as many lecturers may encounter issues.
Other faculty colleagues may also “pop-in” to initial online sessions to make sure all is working as intended.
Consider setting up 10 or 15 minutes early for initial classes to make sure everything is ready and to resolve any technical problems.
Staring classes on schedule is also more pressing in an online environment as a late start can easily be interpreted as a class not taking place.
Information for Learners
We have set up a dedicated section for information on Remote Teaching. Please visit this page and follow the information there to get started. It contains information and guides for using your own devices as well as college-owned devices and how to request support if required.
If you also carry out administrative tasks and require remote access to administrative software and network drives, please see the information on Remote Working for information on how to request access through GC IT.
If you require remote access, please submit a request using this form.
If you want to speak with a private counsellor, Griffith offers a counselling service free of charge to all students and staff. To make an appointment, you can email [email protected] or call 085 1521511. Sessions are available over the phone and via Skype. Learn more about Griffith's counselling service.