What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning is a combination of online delivery with face-to-face (on-campus) learning opportunities. The University is adopting new teaching arrangements to meet the new norms while ensuring all activities are conducted in a safe and healthy environment. We’re striking the balance between observing social distancing requirements and related SOPs, whilst ensuring we return to academic normality as soon as possible.
The implementation of the Blended Learning
Students will be divided into two groups, using their student registration number, namely the odd and even ending digit to group them into two groups. They come to the campus in alternate weeks based on their grouping for face-to-face teaching and learning. For the weeks that they are off-site, they will attend the lectures online. In other words, this blended teaching and learning approach allows students to attend the same lectures face-to-face for those who are on campus with those who are online (via Microsoft Teams) synchronously.
- All face-to-face teaching will be conducted simultaneously via face-to-face and online via Microsoft Teams. All lectures will be recorded and uploaded onto the Moodle platform.
All attendance will be taken for students who are on-site and off-site. Instatt will be opened for all students including those who are taking the lectures online. Students who are in their home country where time zone differences prevent them for attending the timetable scheduled classes, will download lectures notes/recorded lectures and that attendance can be taken during the follow up online meetings with your lecturer.
- The University will take extreme care to ensure students who are unable to be present in the campus to receive uncompromised and undifferentiated quality education from the University.
Lectures and tutorials
- Students with student registration numbers ending with odd digit will attend face-to-face lectures for weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.
- Students with registration numbers ending with an even digit will attend face-to-face for weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.
- Weeks where students are not scheduled for face-to-face will automatically mean that they are receiving lectures online.
- Tutorials will see the same grouping approach used. This is to ensure minimum disruption to their travel to campus such that when they come to campus for lectures, they are also attending tutorials. We recognise that there could be some tutorials or other learning events that will not fit in neatly into the weeks that students are on campus for lectures. Students are advised to contact their respective school for any issues that arise related to timetabling of tutorial classes.
- For mandatory laboratory, practical and workshop sessions, the University will postpone these sessions till January 2021, when all international students would be able to return to campus subject to directives from Government of Malaysia. The University wants to ensure that all students, local and international, would be experiencing the same quality teaching and learning when everyone is safe to return to campus. All schools and departments are already making arrangements on practical sessions in January and students are advice to contact their respective school and department for more information. The University has also ventured into virtual or online laboratory (VOL) sessions and students will see some of the lab sessions conducted online.