Announcement of Walailak University on Guidelines for Teaching and Learning, and Assessment in Response to the Spread of COVID-19
Announcement of Walailak University on
Instruction and Learning Evaluation Guidelines: Preventive Measures Against the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus
In response to the Announcement of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, which recommends all universities provide appropriate methods of instruction that can help limit risks associated with the disease, Walailak University, has determined the guidelines for online instruction that requires no class attendance. The instructors are able to adjust instruction and evaluation patterns in consistent with their previous course syllabus covering the entire contents. The students must achieve learning objectives as specified in the course syllabus of such programs and are qualified to graduate within the specified time. The details of the following guidelines are as follows:
- Instruction Guidelines
- The instructors are able to provide online lecturers using suitable application programs and technology for each class. The students are able to attend the online classes without time overlap. The instructors must stick to the study timetables scheduled by the Center for Educational Services OR
- The instructors may adapt their syllabus into Assignment-based, Project-based, Case-based or Self-directed Study Programs.
- Any instruction adjustments as in 1.1 and 1.2, the students must be well informed regarding ways of instruction, evaluation process, teaching tools and materials, as well as how to communicate between the instructors and learners during the online instruction.
- The Deans must sort out the number of instructors, students, and courses taught in the trimester 3/2019 and proceed the following actions to the courses that are not ready or with limitations to be delivered via online instructions:
- Limitation of Instructor: the instructors who are unable to perform online teaching are required to attend the training programs enhancing an online instruction skills before 1 April 2020;
- Limitation of Students’ Learning Tools: the students who do not have their own devices are allowed to use the computers with internet connection at the Center for Digital Technology. The University shall strictly proceed screening measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus before, during and after the class time.
- Lecture Course Evaluation
- During an online instruction, the instructors are able to employ evaluation measures on UKPSF basis which can effectively evaluate the learning outcomes. The evaluation measures can be properly adjusted as deemed appropriate by the instructors and based on the patterns of instruction. However, before applying those evaluation measures to the online classes, such measures must be approved by the Program Committee, and the School Committee respectively.
- Mid-term and final examinations/evaluations are regularly scheduled by the Center for Educational Services, however, the instructors are able to adjust examination or evaluation processes based on patterns of instruction, and the number of learners of each courses.
- For a class size of no more than 20 students, the instructors shall apply assignment-based evaluation in substitution of normal examination.
- The evaluation results (grading) must be submitted to the Center for Educational Services within the specified time.
- Laboratory Course Instruction
The instructors are able to perform laboratory classes as usual with teaching and learning quality to ensure that the learners understand the entire content of lab practice and are able to achieve the course objectives. However, the instructors may consider to shorten teaching periods of laboratory classes. The University shall strictly proceed screening measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus before, during and after the class time. For some laboratory contents that can be instructed via online, the instructors may also consider to provide online classes. It has suggested the instructors supplement laboratory class instructions with online lectures if permitted.
- Training Program/Internship Program/Cooperative Education Program
The Programs/Schools shall proceed the following actions:
- The students, who wish to complete their training/internship/cooperative education programs at the workplaces with permissions from the enterprises, are allowed to continue their programs at such workplaces until the completion of the programs.
- The students, who wish to complete their training/internship/cooperative education programs at the workplaces without permissions from the enterprises, the Programs/Schools and the students must have a mutual discussion to find proper solution to suit the individual internship program requirements. However, the students must complete their internship programs within the rest of study time and under the criteria to evaluate and submit the result within the academic calendar time frame.
- The students, who wish to stop their training/internship/cooperative education programs at the workplaces but the enterprises still need the students’ services at their workplaces where the locations are not in the risk area of infection, the Programs/Schools and the students must have a mutual discussion regarding the internship program. If the students still insist to stop their current internship program, they must re-start the program at a later time. The students are also required to notify their decision to temporarily suspend the internship program to the Programs/Schools in writing and accept the late graduation.
- For the students who are still planning to pursue their cooperative/internship programs, the Programs/Schools and the students must have a mutual discussion to find suitable alternative plans for the internship under the consent of the Programs/Schools Committee.
- University Supporting Systems
The University has set up a system to facilitate and support the online instruction, examination and evaluation, grade submission, student status classification, and graduation. Any inquiries regarding the said instructional guidelines, the instructors can directly contact the supporting units such as the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching, Center for Educational Services, Center for Library Resources and Educational Media, and Center for Digital Technology.
The University shall closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 situation and shall inform its staff and students if there is further instruction guideline to suit the current situation.
Please be well informed and the University requests your cooperation to strictly comply with this announcement.
Announced on 18 March 2020
(Professor Dr. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong)
President of Walailak University