E-Learning during the Coronavirus Crisis

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 has forced universities worldwide to enhance their capacities and skills for distance learning. A programme such as EMGS faces particular challenges: not only do its students come from all world regions, but also its very essence is based on student and teacher mobility. To compensate for travel restrictions and to uphold the high quality of the programme during these challenging times, member universities are offering a variety of strategies.

All partner universities are moving temporarily from on-campus to online learning in order to secure academic continuity.

In mid-March, Ghent University announced that online education is prolonged until the end of the summer term. Students can find more information about alternative teaching methods and the support. Currently, on-campus examinations are foreseen to start in June, but for updates please click here.

Leipzig University is moving to online learning, lasting from the beginning of the term in April until at least 4 May. For all online courses, Moodle will serve as a standard platform, with additional use of Slack and different variants of video chats to ease communication. All courses are taking place as scheduled. Please consult the particular Moodle course for information on arrangements concerning communication and assignments. Furthermore, GESI and the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics are organizing a special Global Studies Covid-19 Research Forum  on the current crisis, where students can further explore possibilities of how to apply global studies methodology to research problems related to global processes. If you have any questions of general interest to our online teaching strategy, please contact us at . If you would like to enrol in the Global Studies Covid-19 Research Forum, please send an email to . If you face individually any difficulties to join the online teaching platform, please post in the Slack forum to which all students are invited individually.

LSE offers detailed guidelines for teachers and students, where questions about technical tools used are explained, for example Moodle as a main platform for lectures and Zoom for live conferencing. LSE also offers a detailed description of requirements as well as a Student Hub, through which students can connect to the LSE community in order to combat isolation and engage in virtual communication. Find here more tips on how to connect virtually.

Roskilde University moved to distance learning in mid-March, and students are advised to stay updated on Moodle on a daily basis. Roskilde offers students a Student Hub online with a regularly updated FAQ page.

The University of Vienna moves all courses online, and students can find information about Moodle, registration, and different tools used, like Jitsi for video lectures here.

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