Hanyang Resumes Offline Lectures
Limited to experiment practice and theory practice courses after the university's approval
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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all courses were switched to online for the first four weeks of this semester. However, the university resumed some offline lectures starting on April 13 – most classes were limited to experiment practice and theory practice courses. The administration is paying extra attention to prevent the community-acquired infection. The students, on the other hand, have shown varying reactions surrounding the resumption of offline lectures.
In order to hold offline lectures, professors need to file up the request to the Academic Service Team the week before their first offline class. The classes could be held after the approval of the students, the affiliated college, and the Infectious Disease Control Committee. According to the Academic Service Team, about 200 classes requested offline lectures at Seoul Campus. A total of 70 classes requested offline classes at ERICA Campus, 27 of which are personal lessons hosted by the Department of Applied Music professors. Still, the officials added that even after receiving permission, many classes continue to be conducted online.
In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there are a number of requirements before being allowed to attend an offline lecture. Before entering the classroom, students must be checked to ensure their temperature is below 37.5 degrees and fill out a self-health checkup form in front of the main gate. They are also required to wear masks in the classroom and wash their hands using hand sanitizer. Ventilation is also an important issue, as professors are encouraged to leave the windows and doors open. The participants – including the instructor – should maintain at least two meters of physical distance.
Students have expressed mixed opinions regarding the resumption of offline lectures. Nam Hee-joo (Department of Architecture, 5th year) preferred to have offline classes as she had more opportunities to receive critiques on her architectural designs. "There were lots of environmental limitations to getting enough feedback online,” said Nam. She added that offline classes motivated her to concentrate more on the professor’s lectures and comments. However, some of the students did not feel the same way. Kim Ki-young (Department of Jewelry and Fashion Design, 1st year) said that there was no notable difference between online and offline lectures. Kim said that he would rather choose to have more online classes considering his long commute time to school.
Meanwhile, school officials said that they are making every effort to find ways to ensure the safest way to resolve the confusion caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. “The university believes that the health and safety of students and faculty members is the top priority,” said Oh Chae-young, a staff member of the Academic Service Team. “Please understand the inconvenience caused by online classes and the restricted access to school facilities as it is is a necessary measure to ensure our members' health and safety.”
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Photos by Kim Su-ji
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