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How has the pandemic affected your learning experience in the 2020/21 academic year?
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Adam Gac
Jan 18, 2021
Part of a note I have shared with other online students "It has prompted some thoughts, on my part, which I’d like to share with you and colleagues. As a background I need to express concerns about the lack of awareness/promotion regarding the “no detriment policy” from RBC with online students. (I was unaware of it until this week. Though to be fair I was rather busy last year.) While I accept that it was developed with on-site undergraduates in mind some thought should (and still needs to) be given to distance learning students. So my first point is that RBC needs to think through how we, as very different set of cohorts, need to be support through what is a worldwide pandemic with huge ramifications rather than just treating our situation as “an essay crisis”. I must say I’m rather discombobulated by their failure after ten months to have done so. Here are a few ideas in no especial order:- Access to libraries and research facilities. While this does apply mainly to IRP students other undergraduates are also impacted. It does strike me that the RBC library may be able to take a lead here is getting hold of books and papers etc. We are fortunate that Frank is so assiduous and may have some decent suggestions. (My aging brain does recall there was an Inter-Library Loan system which might still exist). The idea that COVID 19 will impact us all in a similar fashion is very unrealistic. So RBC may need to extend their ten year completion rule to twelve years at least. This can allow for people to take off significant amounts of time to provide care to others or indeed recover from the condition themselves. We are still very uncertain about Long COVID and need to make sure that, at the very least, out fellow students very reasonable anxieties are allayed by such a move. If some students don’t wish to take extra time then the situation must be reflected in their grades taking into account time and resource restraints. Another way to help in these circumstances might be to run twenty credit bearing units over twelve months rather than four. I’m also of the view that we should be supporting the on campus students as much as possible. Certainly they need a full accommodation rebate and deserve a significant reduction in fees. As I say these are just a few ideas and I’d be very keen to hear what others think in a wider discussion. "
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How has the pandemic affected your learning experience in the 2020/21 academic year?
In Covid-19
Adam Gac
Jan 13, 2021
Seems like a god idea
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How has the pandemic affected your learning experience in the 2020/21 academic year?
In Covid-19
Adam Gac
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