Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and widespread infection, Yeungnam University decided to confirm non-face-to-face lectures for the entire first semester of 2020. However, as COVID-19 continues, it seems impossible to operate full face-to-face lectures for the second semester. In order to prevent the spread of the virus and for the safety of students, YU decided to operate the second semester of 2020 according to the policy below:
The basic administrative policy for this semester is giving faceto-face lectures. Experiments, practical training, and practical technique subjects should be conducted face-to-face. However, if it is impossible to maintain social distance – when the class size is more than half of the maximum capacity of a classroom – the class should be operated by non-face-to-face or blended lectures.
The details are as follows: classes can be divided into three types – face-to-face, non-faceto- face, and blended lectures.
First, face-to-face lectures can be operated when there are classes including experiments, and par ticipants attending the class are less than half of the maximum capacity of the classroom.
Second, non-face-toface lectures would be similar to the previous semester. They will be conducted through recorded video lessons or real-time remote internet classes. In these classes, all the lessons must be uploaded a week before the class time.
Third is blended lectures. They are literally blended, a mixture of face-to-face and non-face-to-face lectures. They will be conducted at a ratio of 1:1 for each lecture. Blended lectures will be conducted when the students attending the class are more than half of the maximum capacity of its classroom. For example, there can be two types of lectures. The first is the mixture of both lectures. In this type of class, students might take a face-toface lecture one week; then, take a non-face-to-face lecture the following week. In the second type, classes can be conducted as non-face-to-face lectures, while laboratory classes are conducted face-to-face. However, lecture types can vary according to the number of students attending an increase or decrease.
By the way, Kyungpook National University decided to operate both blended and nonface- to-face lectures at the same time depending on the number of participants. If the COVID-19 situation becomes worse, they will switch into full non-faceto- face lectures. Seoul National University and Hongik University decided to conduct full non-face-to-face lectures for all classes except laboratory and practical subjects. Mokwon University decided to operate both face-to-face and non-face-to-face classes through broadcasting live lectures.
YU students anticipate taking advantage of the benefits of both face-to-face and non-face-to-face lectures.