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During the health crisis, ensure continuity of learning for students through graduation

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When school closures were announced in March, INSTN, like all higher-educational institutions of higher education, was obligated to implement measures to provide continuity of learning. The institution's efforts to integrate digitalization over the past two years favored continuity to the extent that the original exam schedule could be maintained.

March 16: teams hurried to transform the usual class and TD schedule into a distance-learning program. To achieve this, the INSTN drew on a strategy of digitalized teaching initiated two years ago, an approach that integrates digital devices into the teaching methods: e-learning modules, virtual classes, simulator-based practices, video tutorials, self-directed quizzes, etc. These tools, combined with in-person instruction, to respond to the demands and needs of learners.

Containment measures forced a shift from blended learning, a combination of in-person teaching and digital tools to full distance learning. Previous experience helped avoid certain pitfalls linked to the urgency of the situation. Teams had access to the Instart Learning e-learning platform (LMS) and a unique virtual classroom solution: while the platform provided tools, it was also key to preventing scattered information, an inherent consequence of using multiple devices (chat, live, video). Nevertheless, the virtual classroom was a new experience for both students and lecturers, many of whom were using certain software for the first time. This led to the rapid creation of a hotline.

Maintening exams with distance learning was a challenge, because the method was completely new for  both students and the teaching teams. For students in their specialization year, postponing exams would have meant delaying their arrival on the job market. The INSTN chose to hold exams remotely, with telemonitoring, and took pains to support students with logistical and technical checks, a mock exam and precise instructions.

Of course, all-digital teaching is not a cure-all, let alone the goal of the INSTN. However, thanks to the work carried out over the last two years, INSTN was able to adapt to the Covid-19 crisis and expend upon a coherent pool of digital teaching devices within a time-frame that would have been unachievable under ordinary circumstances.

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