VITAL Baseline

The VITAL Baseline specifies some simple, key information and content that students most want to see in all VITAL modules. It has been developed in full consultation with the Faculties, CSD, Library, the Guild and the eLearning Unit. It is aimed at improving the consistency of provision across modules when using VITAL and is based on the findings of the Liverpool Guild of Students’ survey and report 'Making the most of IT'. It is a core element of the University’s Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Strategy produced by the University’s TEL Working Group (TELWG).

These two videos detail how the VITAL Baseline came about and why it is important to students and to the University

Many modules already exceed these requirements and the VITAL Baseline is not intended to replace or limit existing good practice and creative, innovative use of VITAL and this should be considered when applying the Baseline. Your school or department may have already developed a standard module template that meets this Baseline and you should check first whether this is the case.

Full, centrally-provided guidance on meeting the VITAL Baseline is available and includes:

It is anticipated that the VITAL Baseline will evolve over time to respond to feedback from staff and students, and also to include strategic initiatives, including lecture capture.

In summary the VITAL Baseline is:

Module staff details All staff teaching on the module should be listed in the Module Staff section to include name, contact email, office location, office hours (where appropriate) and an image is recommended.
Module Overview page Every module menu includes by default a link to the new, automated Module Overview page. Module specifications in Programme Planner need to be accurate as information is taken from here for this page.
Reading Lists @ Liverpool link Modules should include a reading list. Reading Lists @ Liverpool is a tool for creating online reading lists. A link can be made from the module menu to its Reading Lists @ Liverpool list.
Learning Resources Modules should include resources for lectures and teaching where appropriate and which exist in an electronic format, such as lecture PowerPoints, in a suitable, easily-navigable structure.
Exam Resources Modules should contain appropriate resources, preparation and advice for students on any exam element of the module. Every module has by default a section called ‘Exam Resources’ which can be used for this purpose and can include but is not restricted to: past exam papers, samples of MCQs, types of question that can be expected, sample answers, marking criteria. NB this section should not contain any exam timetabling information or other exam information that is held by Orbit.
General coursework and exam feedback An overall perspective of the cohort’s performance in exams and in coursework should be offered through the relevant VITAL module.