E-Learning during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

For the academic year 2021-2022, Ghent University expects most teaching to take place on campus (code green), possibly in combination with online teaching (hybrid teaching). For all information on Corona-related measures at Ghent University, please see: https://www.ugent.be/en/news-events/coronameasures.htm. For all information on Corona-policies in Belgium, see: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/

In mid-March, Ghent University announced that online education is prolonged until the end of the summer term 2021. Students can find more information about alternative teaching methods and the support. On-campus examinations are foreseen to start in June, but for updates please click here.

At the moment, it is planned to have classes offered in presence in the winter term 2021/22, as far as this is allowed and reasonable. Thus, we expect all students to come to Leipzig in the winter term. If students cannot come to Leipzig due to travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will also organize a reduced offer of online courses.

Currently, the London School of Economics and Political Science is planning for the winter semester 2021/22 that large lectures will be online, while smaller classes and seminars will take place in person. For more information on Studying at LSE during Covid19, please click here: https://info.lse.ac.uk/coronavirus-response/frequently-asked-questions

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.

For the summer semester 2021, Roskilde University moved to distance learning, advising its students to stay updated on Moodle on a daily basis. RUC also offers students a Student Hub online with a regularly updated FAQ page.

In planning for fall 2021, University of Vienna is currently assuming the winter semester as a „transitional semester“, in which standard room capacity may not yet be available in terms of maintaining a safety margin (checkerboard pattern from last winter semester, equivalent to about half the capacity of a room). However, the standard room capacity may also be possible with other safety precautions (entry tests, etc.). A central premise for room booking is to allow as much on-site interaction with students as possible in exam-immanent courses with a limited number of participants (usually a maximum of 25 people).

The rectorate will not make a decision on room capacity and related hybrid/online options until August 26, 2021.

In the meantime, students can find information about Moodle, registration, online teaching and different tools used, like Jitsi for video lectures, here.

In winter semester 2021/22, University of Wroclaw will offer classroom teaching with the option to switch to hybrid teaching should it be necessary due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The didactic activity (lectures, seminars, workshops, etc.) during the summer semester 2021 at University of Wroclaw was provided in a completely remote formula (Microsoft Teams). Students were also given the opportunity to take part in Orientation Days, a preparatory Polish language course, a semester Polish language course, as well as other online foreign language courses. In addition, University of Wroclaw provided online lectures and workshops with the participation of foreign experts (including the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, the European Security and Defense College in Brussels). The students furthermore took part in an online visit to the European Commission on a CISCO WEBEX platform in the area of migration and forced displacement. The local EMGS office in Wroclaw was in constant contact with the students.

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