Since September 2020, many disciplines at HSE have been implemented in an intercampus format. In the next academic year, this practice will be officially applied to minors. This system will help to expand the range of elective courses for students from different cities. Minors can be taught online, offline, or in a hybrid format — teachers and students choose the format that meets their needs and location. HSE managers explain how it works.
Vice Rector Sergey Roshchin explains how inter-campus interaction will work
These are the subjects available for students of all HSE campuses. The decision to create and gradually include them in the curriculum was made last year, and the forced transition to online learning accelerated the introduction of such courses. The intercampus courses are important for improving the quality of education: this option gives students the opportunity to choose from a wider range of courses and teachers, regardless of their location. In addition, teachers from different campuses get together and exchange experience to implement the intercampus courses, which helps us to consolidate the best teaching practices.
Students from different campuses should be able to access the course. This can be a completely remote format (lectures and seminars on online platforms, or recorded lectures and seminars on online platforms), hybrid forms (online lectures and offline seminars, or offline and online seminars, depending on the availability of particular teachers at different campuses), as well as fully offline option with lecture recordings and seminar materials posted on the course page in the LMS (if students from other campuses do not enroll in particular intercampus course).
Upon agreement with the students, teachers can decide to hold lectures, seminars, and particular tests in person, if teachers and students are all n the same city.are still taught online due to a higher risk of COVID-19 spreading among students of different study groups.
No decision has yet been made on when it will be possible to lift the restrictions concerning social distancing in the classrooms and study group mixing. We will re-examine this issue for the 2021/2022 academic year, based on the relevant data for Moscow and Russia and the recommendations of the HSE University Anti-COVID Task Force.
If you have signed up for a discipline that is implemented by a specific teacher from another campus, your training will most likely be organised completely online.
In this case, we recommend organizing at least one online seminar group, which should include students from another campus and some of the students from the campus where the course is taught.
We do not prohibit teachers from offering students some offline work (small group discussions in spare time, visiting a theater, preparing a sociological description in a public place), but we recommend providing alternative forms of completing tasks for students who are quarantined or have health and personal limitations. In addition, when the restrictions are lifted, students themselves can suggest offline activities that would help them better master the discipline, for example to hold a conference, a round table, etc.
The decision on the minors starting in the 2021/2022 academic year has not yet been made — at the moment, there is a third wave of enrollment for the minors, and teachers will determine the preliminary work format with the enrolled students in mind (their affiliation to the campuses). The minors that have already been implemented may get back to in person classes ext academic year and post materials in the LMS if COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and students from other campuses are not enrolled in these minors. The final decision on the mode of teaching will be made by the relevant department and the teachers.