We would like to make our contribution to slowing down the spread of the disease. For this reason, EBS University has been offering all courses in the form of interactive video or audio conferences using e-learning platforms since 16 March.
At the start of the new semester, the teaching concept was enhanced by a hybrid study model (a combination of face-to-face learning and online teaching). Two variations of online lectures will be offered:
All face-to-face lectures will be streamed live, meaning that students can attend either way. To keep lecture groups as small as possible and to comply with physical distancing and other hygiene rules, our students will switch between face-to-face lectures and live broadcasts.
The second online teaching option will be provided as interactive Zoom sessions. This form is generally used for teaching by external lecturers and for members of risk groups. This keeps lecturers travel to a minimum and provides protection for us all.
Your individual combination of face-to-face and online learning depends on your study programme, the choice of courses, and your own health and travel situation.
The hybrid study model ensures that direct exchange between students and teachers is maintained and there is still room for discussion and interaction during the lectures. Digital breakout rooms can be used for workshop formats and group work, as well as rooms on campus - this however is subject to general hygiene regulations. Guest speakers from the business world will simply be ‘patched in’ to the online lectures. Using the chat function, you can ask questions, stimulate discussions, and thus be in direct exchange with experienced practitioners.
In other words, the full spectrum of teaching is still being provided. Books required for project work or final examinations are available from our libraries’ online database or on-campus, in compliance with the general hygiene regulations. Examinations will be taken at our locations, naturally in compliance with current hygiene and safety measures. In exceptional cases it is possible to conduct the examination in digital form as agreed with the examinations office.
The hybrid study model is a new teaching approach. Like any innovation, it will probably not be perfect in the beginning, but it will develop quickly. We are endeavoring to put all measures to the test and to optimize them accordingly. Therefore, we will regularly involve our students in this process and ask them for feedback.