Universities in North Cyprus switched to distance (online) learning immediately after the decision was made by the council of ministers for all citizens to be quarantined. Within this framework, in order to prevent the students losing throughout their academic year, there was a switched to online lecture.
From that time till now, online classes have been provided on platforms like Moodle, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Edmodo. Students were required to register on these systems with their personal identification info in order to participate in the lectures.
Administrative and academic staff constantly provided students information about the classes and access via emails, WhatsApp or Telegraph texts. Support groups were equally created on these platforms where students directed sent their queries.
As concerns exams, the midterm exam took place though with some difficulties given many students are still trying to adapt to the online mode of studying. Some of the problems a few students faced were; slow internet bandwidth, inability to navigate the study platforms, poor time management etc. Whilst a majority of the midterm was based on assignment submissions, many students had to sit up for the final exams, which is liable to be more complicated.
According to a decision taken by the ministries in charge after a meeting with the different university boards; the final exams are to be made legally lucid, measurable and inspectable evaluation methods. Some of these methods are: assignments, projects, reports, data analyses, live exams, presentations, etc. in concordance with remote learning, similar to the way midterm exams were conducted. The preferred evaluation methods are to be determined by the respective course instructors and the decision of academic department boards.
By Jude F. Asanji