Materials Only short courses [University of Bristol only]
'Materials only' (MO) short courses offer access to course materials and session recordings from our live short courses. These are ideal for those who cannot take full advantage of a live taught course, or who simply wish to refresh their knowledge in a specific area of study.
Access to 'materials only’ courses is reserved for University of Bristol staff and research students only.
An introduction to 'Materials Only' short courses
After a successful pilot in 2021-2022, we are pleased to confirm that our 'Materials Only' (MO) offering will continue to be available to internal University of Bristol staff and research students. We hope this will help ease the demand on live courses and make training materials more widely available.
How does it work?
Access is granted to the course materials via BlackBoard, approximately 1 month after the live online course has completed. This short delay gives us time to process all live lecture recordings and ensure that the course materials are complete. For courses that run twice, the MO version will be available approximately 1 month after the first run.
We provide access to materials for an extended period, at least 3 months but normally 6+ months, to allow the greatest benefit from the course. We rescind access 8 weeks in advance of the course running again in the next academic year, but provide warning via email when there is only 1 month remaining.
MO courses can be booked through our online booking system. They appear as separate courses in the booking system, but are only visible to those correctly registered as University of Bristol staff or students. Please take due care to select the correct option when booking.
Availability & cost
We offer MO courses free of charge and they will not use up any discounts from voucher pack allocations. You can sign up to as many MO courses as you please and there is no competition for places.
Please note that with MO courses there are no interactive sessions nor any support from course tutors. We recommend that you sign up to the full online version of a course if you wish to take part in practicals and interactive sessions.
MO Resources for Medical School PhD students
FAQs about MO courses
We have tried to answer as many frequently asked questions as possible. If you can't find the answer to your question, please contact us directly.
Are all short courses available as an MO option?
The vast majority of our 2022-2023 programme of online courses will be available as an MO option. This includes the following courses which are not running live in the 2022-2023 programme:
|Introduction to Economic Evaluation|
|Introduction to Network Meta-Analysis|
In some cases courses are not suitable to convert to a MO stand alone course and other courses are inactive this academic year. The following courses will not run a 'materials only' option this year:
|Advanced Mendelian Randomization|
|Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Economics|
|Writing a Journal Article|
|Writing a Qualitative Paper|
Will booking an MO course use up my voucher allocation?
MO courses are offered free of charge to University of Bristol staff and research students. You will not need to use up any allowance from your voucher packs to gain access.
How do I book an MO course?
MO courses can be booked by University of Bristol staff and research students via our online booking system.
MO courses appear as separate courses in the booking system and the course title is prefixed with "MATERIALS ONLY". Please take care to ensure you select the correct version of the course. You can filter on 'materials only' using the filter on the left hand side of the screen.
Bookings for MO courses close 1 month after the live online course has completed. Thereafter please contact email@example.com to request access.
Are there limited places?
You can sign up to as many MO courses as you please. Places are not restricted, and there is no competition for places.
When will I gain access and for how long will I be able to use the materials?
Access is granted to the course materials via BlackBoard, approximately 1 month after the live online course has completed. This short delay gives us time to process all live lecture recordings and ensure that the course materials are complete.
We grant access to materials for as long as we are able, normally until 8 weeks in advance of the course running again in the next academic year. This enables access for at least 3 months, and in most cases for up to 10 months.
We will email you when there is only 1 month of access remaining.
I’m on the waiting list for the full online course, should I sign up to the MO course?
If your preference is to attend the complete live online course and fully benefit from interactive sessions, practicals and tutor contact, then we recommend you retain a place on the waiting list in case a space becomes available.
Once the course has run, if you have been unsuccessful in securing a place we will prompt you to register for the MO course.
If I’m attending the full online course, do I also need to sign up for the MO course?
Those who do attend the live online course also retain access to the course materials after completion, so it is not necessary to sign up to both versions of the course.
Why can't find the MO course I want to book in the booking system?
Bookings for MO courses close 1 month after the live online course has completed. If this time has already passed for a course you are interested in, then it will no longer be listed as bookable in our system. We are still happy to provide access, please just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make the necessary arrangements.
FAQs about 'MO Resources for PhD students'
Which courses are available as 'MO Resources for PhD students'?
I'm not in the Bristol Medical School, can I still access these resources?
We have restricted access to Medical School PhD candidates only. These courses are specifically aimed at this group of students. PhD students in other departments are still welcome to sign up to MO courses in the usual way.
Do I need to book or register to receive access to 'MO Resources for PhD students'
The 8 core courses will be automatically added to your Blackboard. Medical School PhD students can access these courses via: https://www.ole.bris.ac.uk/. Once logged in, these core courses will be listed under 'My Organisations'.
When will I get access and for how long?
Access will be granted from October 2022. Notification will be received from your postgraduate administration team.
Do I need to book for other MO and live online courses?
We provide automatic access to the 8 core courses as an MO option only. If you wish to attend any live online courses or book any additional MO courses, you need to do this via our online booking system.
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Missed signing up for an MO course you need?
Don't worry, we are still happy to provide access. Contact us and we will make the necessary arrangements.