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The way forward from September: latest news from Corvinus

Corvinus is aware that you, our dear international students, have many questions at this point - what will happen with your education, what kind of lessons will you have and so on. That is why our Presidential Committee issued an order on the topic. So far the order contains specifics about the case of large-audience lectures, as detailed below.

The university is planning on real-time classroom lessons in the first semester of academic year 2020/2021. However, offline teaching may have many complications to it even if the pandemic and the restrictions do not recur, as the entrance of international students into the country may still be uncertain. Consequently, the aim of the university is to reduce congestion even at offline classes, which mainly concerns lectures with large audiences.

Which lectures are affected by the changes?

The affected lectures are the ones that are held in the autumn semester, in Hungarian or in English, to audiences larger than 60 people, for more than one course. Two subjects (24 top priority lectures altogether), which are expected to attract more than 100 attendees, will be recorded in professional, studio quality, so these will be available for asynchronous use.

How can the students access the recorded lectures?

They will be uploaded on Microsoft Stream, which is the inner platform of the university. The teachers will link them to Moodle from here. The lectures will be available for multiple viewing, but in a non-downloadable form.

How will the lectures be recorded?

The studio of the university is going to assist the recording by providing visual technology and remastering, so teachers will need to record the lectures at least 14 days prior to the timetable date of the lecture. The Corvinus Centre for Teacher Training and Digital Learning is going to support the process with methodological assistance, so that the videos can be used as part of blended learning processes in the future as well.

What is behind the decision?

Reinventing the methodology of large-audience lectures has been on the table for some years, as there had been a tendency of a significantly decreased attendance, with the spreading of up-to-date e-learning solutions, and the availability of good quality and free materials online. The transition triggered by the corona virus has accelerated the process, and obviously indicated the need for a rejuvenation.

What other goals are there relative to the decision?

The „Educational strategy preliminary study”, published in May 2019 as part of the „Corvinus Renewal Program” lists among the top priority short term (1-2 years) goals the adoption of blended learning. There had been successful pilot projects even before the crisis, when some subjects had been transformed into a blended learning-type course. The aim of the university is to catch up with the competitors and to modernize the one-way educational solutions, and to develop practice sessions which are aimed at improving the knowledge of the involved students in the given subjects.

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