Updated: Aug 10, 2020
From this September on, education is going to look like this at Corvinus: online lectures, on-campus seminars and mandatory mask-wearing.
From this September on, not everything will be the same; Corvinus University is also preparing for a hybrid education. Bigger lectures will be held online, whereas seminars will be held in person but with restrictions. Based on the latest provisions of the Presidential Committee, we have listed the most important information regarding this unusual semester start.
● What is education going to look like from this September on?
● How will student support services work?
● Is the library going to be open?
● Where is it going to be mandatory to wear a mask?
● What about dormitories?
● Will there be events held?
On-campus learning in case of less than 40 students, distance learning in case of more than 40 students
From this September on, only courses of not more than 40 students will be held in person; courses of more than 40 students will be held online. Lecturers may use different methods in offline and online classes, depending on the number of students and the capacity of the classroom; lecturers are required to describe these methods on Neptun by 24th of August.
Lectures in Hungarian are going to look like this
Online courses are divided into four groups by the provisions of the Presidential Committee:
“Big” lectures of more than 200 students are going to be recorded in the University’s studio; the videos are going to be post-processed as well.
In case of lectures of 100-200 students, only lectures divided into multiple courses and strategically important lectures (the list of these 24 lectures (2 per institute) is approved by the Vice-Rector for Education) are going to be recorded in studio quality. Other lectures are going to be pre-recorded as well; however, these are going to be video presentations or presentations with narration prepared by the lecturer himself/herself.
In case of lectures of 40-100 students, lecturers may choose between synchronous and asynchronous lecture form. In the former case, the lecturer gives an online live lecture at the scheduled class times, in the latter case, he/she records the lecture beforehand and uploads a link to Moodle; in addition, e-learning courses may be held as well. In case the video is recorded beforehand, the lecturer holds a consultation at the scheduled class time.
In all three cases, the first four lectures need to be uploaded to Moodle by 7th of September and subsequent lectures need to be published no later than two weeks before the scheduled class time. Consultation is possible during the seminar for the lecture, or if there is no seminar for the lecture, in the office hours of the lecturer.
All lectures of less than 40 students are going to be held on campus.
Seminars in Hungarian are going to look like this
Offline on-campus seminars are divided into three categories by the provisions of the Presidential Committee:
In case of Scenario A, the whole group attends the course. This scenario is used in case of subjects that require everyone to be present at the same time.
In case of Scenario B, the course is divided into two parts. On even weeks, one part of the group attends the class in person, on odd weeks, the other part of the group has to be present. Those who are not personally present at the class in a given week are required to perform individual or group tasks, and in the following week, they can report on these in person.
Scenario C is very similar to Scenario B; the difference is that those who are not personally present at the class in a given week do not perform individual tasks, but process the pre-recorded or e-learning material uploaded by the lecturer.
Classrooms may only be filled up to half capacity. If this is not possible by using Scenario A, Scenario B or C should be used instead. In addition, keeping a safe distance is mandatory.
In the case of lectures in English
Lectures of more than 60 students are going to be recorded in studio quality (similarly to 200+ lectures in Hungarian), whereas for lectures of 40-60 students, the recordings are going to be made by the lecturers themselves. Lectures of less than 40 students are only typical of programs with a small number of students; in case of these, it is up to the lecturer whether to hold personal consultations/give interactive lectures or not.
In the case of seminars in English
The scenario is going to be chosen based on the composition of the group. Scenario A is going to be used in groups of mostly Hungarian students. In this case, most students may attend the class in person. However, for those who do not live in Hungary, there is going to be an online group as well.
Scenario B is going to be used in case of classes where roughly half of the students resides in Hungary and half of them resides in a foreign country. In this case, the group is divided into two parts. On every second week, students residing in Hungary attend the class in person, whereas students residing in a foreign country perform individual tasks. On the other weeks, students residing in a foreign country attend an online class, whereas students residing in Hungary perform individual tasks from home.
Scenario C is going to be used in cases where the majority of the group resides in a foreign country. In this case, all seminars are going to be held online.
How will student support services work?
In most cases, student support services will remain electronic/online; only the University’s email address (...@stud.uni-corvinus.hu) may be contacted regarding these matters. Personal student service is available in the consulting hours, after booking an appointment. Please, find further information here.
Is the library going to be open?
For students, reading rooms and borrowing services are going to be available in Budapest and Székesfehérvár from this September on. Those who are not Corvinus students but are registered users can borrow books after booking an appointment. New external users cannot be registered. (University students can of course still be registered.)
Where is it going to be mandatory to wear a mask?
Mask-wearing is going to be mandatory in all of the University’s administrative and educational spaces (classrooms, offices, hallways, community spaces), in case a safe distance of 1,5 meters cannot be kept or there is no other safety device installed (plexiglass, partition wall). In addition, the University is going to set up disinfection points at major hubs (it is highly recommended to use them), and in the toilets, soap dispensers are going to be filled up with antiviral products. Educational buildings, buffets and the Faculty Club are going to operate as usual.
What about dormitories?
The University cannot provide dormitory accommodation for international students.
Will there be events held?
The University management postponed indefinitely all events that had an expected participant number of more than 100 people and that would have been held in the University buildings or by Corvinus in an external location. The Presidential Committee may, however, allow events of high priority in accordance with the relevant official regulations.