Written by ESC Admin on 29 Sep 2020 Posted in Blog
Without a doubt, the corona virus pandemic has interrupted the world's ways, but we are increasingly learning to work around it. It has impacted all facets of life and has not spared the higher education market. New approaches are being developed, however, to adapt to new realities. The improvisation of already existing techniques and technologies has aimed to ensure an uninterrupted learning experience for students.
While some universities are eager to open their doors to on-campus learning by autumn 2020, others have agreed that online is the best way to go in the meantime. There are those who are still deciding on their course of action, but the 'internet first, on-campus later' model is one of the most traditional methods universities have chosen to go for. We dig a little further into what the model entails and how your study plans might be affected.
The possibility of studying abroad or even attending college at all could seem unclear at the moment. What if you were given an opportunity to start your studies online and transfer to on-campus learning as soon as circumstances allow? That way, your studies won't be disrupted, and you still have the chance to study on campus.
Although it is true that about 69% of students prefer face-to - face learning, 31% of international students suggested that at a later stage they would be pleased to begin online and move to on-campus learning. Added to this is the fact that 69 per cent of international students said they expect to start their studies as expected in 2020.
Hybrid learning incorporates a live classroom and online activities for remote learners. Some students attend the classes on site, while others attend the class online. The environment is different in that, when performing the workshops, the instructor faces an entire class and does not face a screen. The scope of training is greatly expanded by this technique. Teaching, learning and the delivery of a curriculum or course solely online are part of the online learning model. There is no physical presence on campus in this situation.
But what is the model for 'Online now, on-campus later'? This model draws on a bit of both the above approaches. It starts exclusively as online learning with all online activities, accompanied by learning tools, materials and tests, typically hosted on a learning management system. The course structure would naturally be tweaked, taking into account the possibility of resuming on-campus learning down the road.
Digital activities are also designed to enrich the student experience and foster a sense of community, in addition to the provision of programmes and courses. You will be able to enter the class on campus until universities are ready to transition to face-to - face learning. This will mean that the institution is preparing for the eventual return of students and support for various forms of learning, whether it is managing online classes or allowing a smooth transition to learning in the on-campus classroom. The key advantage will be that it means that students have continuous academic experience and the opportunity to start a degree programme for the 2020 academic year. It is also expected that when it is favorable to do so, the institutions will be able to make a smoother transition to face-to - face instruction, with travel constraints eased and government guidelines permitting.
The model is of tremendous importance to foreign students whose goal is not only to learn their desired course, but also to obtain the experience of studying abroad and not to have to defer their studies. ‘Online now, on-campus later' will mean that at a later point there is a better likelihood of experiencing campus life.