While you may be wondering exactly what your course will look like in September, we’ve been working diligently to ensure we can successfully deliver our full suite of programmes in a range of flexible ways – in other words, as ‘blended learning’.
This means your education will involve elements of both face-to-face and online learning across a range of different forms – from lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical performance and production workshops, to business mentorship scenarios, online discussions, student-led presentations and self-directed learning.
This approach helps us strike the right balance between giving you more space on site by allowing for social distancing, offering flexible online learning for those who can’t make it to campus, and letting you use our music facilities for personal study and practice in a sensible manner.
ICMP’s blended learning strategy involves:
- Blended orientation – new students can attend a blended induction and orientation experience, allowing interaction with peers and tutors, both in person and remotely.
- Face-to-face learning – from Semester A in September, all students can expect to attend classes at our Kilburn campus at least one day a week, although exact details will depend on your course and timetable. Your day on site will focus on the more practical, creative and interactive aspects of your programme, such as performance workshops and studio-based work. Music Business students will have at least one module hosted on site and, once it’s safe to do so, we plan for everyone to be back on campus three days a week as usual.
- Small class sizes – due to social distancing, classes won’t include more than 12 students, meaning your learning experience will be rewarding and safe, with 1-meter-plus distancing in almost all teaching spaces.
- Online interactive learning – The remainder of your contact hours will be delivered online, in the form of interactive group sessions on Microsoft Teams. This learning will be supported by a range of resources and supporting materials on our virtual learning platform, Canvas. We will be following our usual student-centred approach, so you can expect plenty of breakout activity and collaborative learning!
- Assessments – We are minimising the changes to our assessment tasks and intend to deliver all face-to-face assessments as planned. Receiving feedback is always a valuable experience for performers, so face-to-face sessions are optimal in this context. But where it’s practical to do so – like submitting essays and recordings – you’ll do this online.
- Regular access to facilities – our doors will be open, as usual throughout term time, from 9am to 11pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm at weekends, so you can use our rooms outside of timetabled lessons for personal practice, with social distancing measures in place. (If we were forced to retreat to Stage 1 or Stage 2, of our Four-Stage Plan, access would be temporarily impacted.)
- 1:1 support – this is a crucial element of academic life at ICMP and access to it remains unchanged. Initially, you can expect 1:1 support to be provided entirely online, largely via Microsoft Teams video calls. Weekly bookable appointments will be available with your Programme Leader, Deputy Programme Leader and tutors. You’re also welcome to contact these staff members with any pressing questions via email. Module leaders will also offer drop-in sessions – especially in the lead-up to assignment deadlines. All Level 6 and Level 7 students will receive 1:1 supervision across a range of modules.
Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students, staff and visitors is hugely important to all at ICMP. Having blended learning in place allows us to deliver our usual high-quality, enriched learning experience. It may look a little different, but we continue to commit to inclusivity and diversity, and will fully support you to achieve your learning outcomes – regardless of any external restrictions.
If you’d like to know more, please read our Coronavirus FAQs. We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus soon!