How will I be taught? (Nature of classes)
As a students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, you will be taught in the following ways:
KEATS is the centrally supported virtual learning environment for the delivery of teaching material throughout King's College London. KEATS replaced Blackboard (the College's old e-learning system), local e-learning environments and local module web pages.
You will find teaching materials for all your modules on KEATS. It is your responsibility to make sure you have access to the correct modules and that you check KEATS regularly for new material.
For more information on how to access and use KEATS please see the College e-Learning Service pages.
You can also log on here: KEATS.
Lectures are intended to provide guidance, stimulation, and orientation about a topic, as well as transmitting factual information. You should take systematic notes to remind you of their content. There will always be some opportunity for students to raise questions, although these may be more appropriate at the end than during the lecture itself (ask the teacher which s/ he prefers). A typical lecture will last for one hour.
Classes or seminars are not primarily designed for the teacher to convey new information about a topic; the aim is for students to reach a deeper understanding through interaction and critical discussion among themselves (the teacher is a kind of referee). You will often have been asked to do preparatory reading for your seminar and may have attended a lecture on the topic. Seminar presentations give individual students practice in producing a clear and coherent oral analysis of a topic, and of constructively criticising the presentations by others. Do not expect to take full notes as it may distract you from engaging with the discussion. A typical seminar will last between one and two hours.
These are intended for in-depth discussion of a piece of your work, either at the planning or draft stage. Criticism of your assessment by your module tutor is never intended to be destructive, but as a guide to how to improve both your essay writing skills and your understanding of the subject.
We welcome your feedback and so you will be asked to complete module and teaching evaluations
during your course. Please see the assessment section for more information on receiving feedback on your assessed work.