The Educational Development team provides a range of front-line student services and academic support services for staff.
More information below about our Learning and Teaching Enhancements.
Course Design and Development
Blended learning Rubric - The RVC Blended Learning Rubric is an externally benchmarked framework for developing and incorporating blended learning into modules or strands.
Six quality standards define baseline and enhancement actions to guide staff to design their teaching activities. These standards align with the RVC’s Blended Learning Strategy.The interactive rubric on LEARN links to other resources and is intended to be used as part of continuous improvement of teaching materials
ABC Design workshops; A number of resources have been created to help staff become familiar with the ABC Design Principles including:
INSET Days – Join us –2-3/year for a lively mix of workshops, plenaries, posters and a chance to talk about learning, teaching and student success at the RVC
Access programmes and past sessions on the Staff Hub on LEARN
The Educational Development team also provides support for direct applications for HEA Fellowship.
Three main activities help our students get ready for their time at RVC:
KickStart online induction – a pre-arrival online programme to get students ready for the year ahead.
Welcome Week & 5 Ways to BE Well – a range of events and activities to welcome students to the RVC and to help them think about the skills they need to thrive.
To find about all events check out the RVC App or the calendar on the website
For staff – Don't forget the New Student Induction Tutor Guide for more details.
The student voice is key to shaping our educational offering at the RVC. We do this in a variety of different ways.
James Bee Student-led educator awards
The James Bee student-led Educator Awards for teaching and support staff are an important way for the student voice to be heard. The awards recognise RVC staff who excel in providing an excellent student learning experience whether in the classroom or in a support role.
The awards are very meaningful to staff and are a wonderful way for students to show their appreciation. After students have made their nominations a panel confirms the prizes. Winners of the awards are kept secret until the graduation ceremony. Many recipients of the prizes are surprised and delighted when their name is called out.
Find out more about the categories for nomination here.
Nominations open in the spring of each year, and close in June.
Digital Learning Champions
The Educational Development and Digital Learning teams work with course teams to integrate technology enhanced learning (TEL) into the curriculum to provide engaging digital learning experiences.
Our student Digital Learning Champions are a key part of this. They work with students and staff to support the development of digital skills and to make course materials inclusive and accessible. This year they are launching Digital Skills journeys for each course.
Need to brush up on using OneNote? Or other Digital tools? Looking at how you can keep your laptop in tip-top shape? The Digital Learning Champions can help. Check out the Digital Bytes sessions
Find out who is the Digital learning champion for your year here.
This front facing student support team provides workshops; 1:1, online support (Smarthinking) and teaches on embedded programme modules to help students to find and develop study techniques that work for them.
Find out more about the study skills services for students here
NAVLE preparation - The team also provides support to student who are sitting the NAVLE exam. Find out more about NAVLE support on the Student Hub on LEARN
Student Success Coaches - Whether you have just joined the RVC or you’re returning for another year, being a part of the RVC community and engaging with your studies is key to being successful in your time here.
Our Student Success Coaches (SSCs) are current PhD students who provide peer support to students to help them to develop action plans to meet identified goals and strategies for accomplishment.
As part of the Blended Learning Project the Educational Development team is leading on the implementation of our new curriculum mapping platform – Sofia.