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On Campus or Online? Now You Can Study Both Ways

For the new academic year, 136 classrooms in Moscow and regional HSE campuses will be equipped for a hybrid study format

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Teachers will be able to conduct a lecture from the classroom, while students from other cities will connect to it remotely. To do this, each participant will be equipped with a desktop computer, a webcam with Full HD resolution and a built-in microphone, speakers and a tablet which the lecturer will use as a blackboard.

Those in class with the teacher will see everything on the screen in the classroom, while students who study remotely will join sessions using Zoom, MS Teams, or Webinar. Classes in this format will be automatically saved in the OneDrive cloud, where students can create separate folders for each discipline and teacher. This will allow any user of a HSE personal account to find material, while external users will not be able to watch these videos. The videos will be available without having to download them.

If a teacher can’t deliver the lecture in the classroom (for example, if they are staying at home), they will still be able to record the material and store it on the cloud. If necessary, our specialists will provide all necessary support.

At the same time, six classrooms on Pokrovsky Boulevard will be using experimental equipment — lectures in these classrooms will be broadcasted in VR 360 format. To do this, two cameras will be installed: one for shooting the teacher near the blackboard in 2D, and the other with the ability to shoot in 360 degrees. The student will be able to choose the viewing angle and look at the room from any position. In addition to live streaming, users will see two virtual screens – one with a presentation and another displaying a board. Students will be able to watch these lectures on a special website.

New equipment will also be used to implement the ‘Intercampus Course’ project. ‘The teacher delivers the course to students in the classroom in Moscow, but students in Saint Petersburg, Perm and Nizhny Novgorod can simultaneously listen to it and include it in their individual curricula, or vice versa,’ explained HSE Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin. In order for the students to be able to synchronise their education, a unified timetable has been created.

September 02