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All Lectures at Cambridge University Will be Online-Only Until Summer of 2021

All Lectures at Cambridge University Will be Online-Only Until Summer of 2021

“The university is constantly adapting to changing advice as it emerges during this pandemic.”

It’s amazing how long some schools are planning to keep these policies going.

BBC News reports:

Cambridge University: All lectures to be online-only until summer of 2021

There will be no face-to-face lectures at the University of Cambridge over the course of the next academic year due to coronavirus, it has been announced.

However, lectures will be available to students online and “it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person” if they meet social distancing requirements, the university said.

University campuses have been closed this term by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Cambridge will review the decision if advice on social distancing changes.

A statement from it read: “The university is constantly adapting to changing advice as it emerges during this pandemic.

“Given that it is likely that social distancing will continue to be required, the university has decided there will be no face-to-face lectures during the next academic year.

“Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements.

“This decision has been taken now to facilitate planning, but as ever, will be reviewed should there be changes to official advice on coronavirus.”

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Cambridge moving to all online lectures is not quite as monumental as it sounds.

Cambridge and Oxford use the tutorial system.

The distinctive element of the undergraduate education is the small group instruction, typically two students and a teacher.

    OldProf2 in reply to pinesol. | May 21, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    You’re right that the move to all online lectures will have a smaller effect than it would in the US. My daughter was at Oxford for a year, studying biochemistry. Most of the lower-level science classes are still taught in large lectures. Lower-level students also have weekly tutorials, with 2-4 students and a tutor.

    The tutorial system becomes more important for upper-level students, with a lot of one-on-one time. Even as upper-level students, they still take some advanced courses (such as Molecular Genetics) in lecture classes.

    Most of their fourth year is involved with a research project, which requires a lot of laboratory work that would be impossible to do online. I wonder how they will manage this large research component.

Dantzig93101 | May 21, 2020 at 11:14 am

Cambridge (I don’t know about Oxford) has recently started assigning ideological “minders” to senior faculty who might accidentally state forbidden truths or use forbidden words.

Western civilization is in far worse danger from Stalin’s grandchildren and their fellow travelers than from Covid-19.

    OldProf2 in reply to Dantzig93101. | May 21, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    We also have these thought police “minders” in the US. They are the people in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. If you say the wrong thing in lecture, you will get a polite note from the D&I Office suggesting that you might want to re-think your position.

@Dantzig931012
Ideological Minders:

Do you have any public source by any chance?

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