shorter classes, oral exams and hybrid model




The pandemic has hit all sectors and education has been no exception. Added to the uncertainty about going back to school, after a document of indications that the Government made public less than a week after some communities returned to the classroom, the lack of responses that the university environment also suffered. In fact, as published by ABC, the rectors denounced feeling «alone in the back to class».

University autonomy, the ability to get down to work and the resilience of teachers and students made the course advance possible. In fact, the president of the Conference of Rectors (CRUE), José Carlos Gómez Villamandos, pointed out last Wednesday, November 25, that, according to a survey to which 46 universities responded (60.5 from the university system), there are a total of 2,455 active cases, that is, 239 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, one incidence “much lower than the national average”.

Different was the case of private universities that had no choice but to find solutions on their own And, as in the case of the CEU, it succeeded and successfully. His good work has achieved that the growth data in enrollment in this 2020/2021 academic year between the three campuses (Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona) was 14.3 percent. In addition, their students have shown a considerable preference for returning to the classroom, despite opting for a hybrid model in which face-to-face classes are combined with online ones. Thus, they were asked in July which of the two models they preferred and only 249 out of 19,760 opted for online teaching.

CEU universities opted for a great digital transformation, to the point that a three-year project that they had been working on was launched in just three months. “Collaboration with universities, colleges and general management has allowed it to bear fruit,” said the vice-rector for digital transformation, Iñaki Bilbao. However, he clarified that «This is not only about mounting the technologyWhat is relevant is the training of teachers and students ”.

In this sense, the president of the CEU, Alfonso Bullón de Mendoza stressed that the pandemic made them realize that “although each teacher has had a different experience, the pandemic revealed possibilities in teaching that were not used before». In any case, Bullón de Mendoza alluded to the fact that he also resorted to traditional methods that allow knowing with certainty what the student’s knowledge is: the oral exam.

Either the way of examining or the same confinement that also provided the study, the also professor of Contemporary History at the CEU San Pablo University said there has been no decline in academic performance. The shortening of classes also helped. “I’m not more than 45 minutes in a row, I take a break and come back, they are lost in hours but they gain the attention of the students,” he added Javier Tello, director general of the CEU.

Regarding the growth of enrollment, «spectacular at all educational levels», In the words of Bullón de Mendoza, has influenced not only the technological transformation, but also, in the words of Tello,«the performance of the centers, teachers, technological teams; the work during confinement was key because it allowed us to demonstrate that beyond any difficulty the continuity of educational activity was safeguarded.

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