Voices of Freshmen on the Delayed Curriculum
In regard to the delayed first day of classes and online lecture substitution
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Due to the continuous spread of coronavirus in South Korea, most universities, including Hanyang University, have delayed the first day of classes for two weeks and substituted the following two weeks with online lectures. This unexpected change has generated substantial inconvenience for students, especially freshmen. Left to spend the confusing first weeks of university individually, what are their thoughts on the school’s management and the rapid changes in the 2020 curriculum?
How do you feel about the systematic management of the school?
Jung Bo-sung (Department of Architectural Engineering, 1st year) felt the communication between the students and the school should be improved. He explained that as a freshman, without any orientation or entrance ceremony, there was a lot of trouble registering for classes on his own. On the other hand, Hwang Sung-bin (Department of Korean Language and Literature, 1st year) said she has been able to follow the school curriculum well, thanks to the department meeting and the orientation meeting organized by her seniors and colleagues. As guidance on university life is crucial during this time, many freshmen seemed to be on the lookout for their seniors' assistance, as well as information on applications such as Everytime or Campuspick.
How do you feel about replacing offline classes with online classes?
Jung Soo-bin (Department of Information Sociology, 1st year) expressed positive reaction towards the policy. She said the school has made a fair choice in its quick decision to delay the offline courses. Also, Jung said the timely execution of lectures should be prioritized over all else. On the contrary, Park Si-Un (Department of Chemistry, 1st year) voiced out his concern against the system. He opinionated that certain classes cannot be taken online. The lectures where experiments make up most of the curriculum need to take place offline, and as a student of a major where experiments constitute a large part of education himself, he is in doubt whether the school can offer an appropriate solution.
All the freshmen, despite their differing opinions, agreed on their wishes to attend school as quickly as possible after the coronavirus outbreak has been contained. The spring campus of Hanyang University, still empty, awaits the arrival of new students.
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