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Distance learning: post-secondary and tertiary education
24th March 2020

Junior College & Adult Education

Junior College faculty has been using the moodle online learning platform to offer students the opportunity to go over all the subjects covered and to also follow lectures online by uploading material on a weekly basis. Replacing mid-terms with papers is under discussion; further guidelines are expected on this matter by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. If agreed upon, it will facilitate the re-adjustment period for all students once the class suspension ends.

Distance learning does not apply, unfortunately, to the adult education seminars as the majority of them request the physical presence of the participants. As an exception, Agrotourism seminars continue to take place online.

Perrotis College

Perrotis College, in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University, has taken all necessary measures to ensure a smooth transition to distance learning. In an effort to secure that the semester is not lost, faculty has activated all online tools available (moodle, zoom etc.) and has been in constant contact with the students. Given the experiential learning aspect of the College’s curriculum focusing on applied research and practice on the field, distance learning cannot fully replicate the educational experience offered. Nonetheless, the enthusiasm and patience of faculty and students has led to remarkable results so far.

During this difficult time, the College focuses its efforts to also respond to the emotional attachment of the residential students with the institution. Suspension of classes subsequently meant that students had to move out of the residence, adding to the emotional pressure caused by the pandemic. For this reason, communication with students is not limited to course work; it extends to providing support and reassurement that Perrotis College continues to offer a 360o educational experience.

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