The University is formally closed again today because of the snow. This is just as well as I’m pretty well snowed in, the only cars getting out of our road are 4x4s. This is the first time I can remember the University being formally closed. We do seem to have had large amounts of snow fall, the buses aren’t running today and the roads are a mess.
So far this week our students will have lost two and a half days of teaching, for our 3rd year medical students that’s half of their week long block on aging. With more snow forecast we could lose another day tomorrow and, if this keeps up, possibly almost a full week.
It’s yet to be seen how much more snow and disruption to teaching we’ll see this winter, but this current dose of UK snow has made me think about whether we should have some sort of contingency plans to ease the disruption to teaching. I know that some medical schools along with other schools across Universities are already recording lectures and so students can access these easily online and via hand held devices. At the moment we don’t record our lectures, but maybe we should record the ones that were due to be delivered this week with Camtasia so that students can at least receive some of their timetabled teaching. Or perhaps it’s at times like this that we should be capitalising on our Adobe Connect licence and delivering the teaching online so that students can still be taught whilst at home. These sessions can also be recorded for students who don’t have access to the internet from home. It would be more difficult to run virtual clinical skills and ward based teaching sessions online, but there are other small group teaching session which could be delivered virtually.
What do you think? Do you have contingencies for delivering teaching in the midst of closures due to UK snow?