H-BRS set for a digital November in its hybrid semester

Monday 2 November 2020
In view of the current trend in the coronavirus pandemic, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg feels a particular responsibility to protect the health of students and staff. Although the winter semester is set to remain a hybrid semester in principle, featuring a mix of in-person and online teaching, November will be a purely digital month. From Monday, 2 November 2020 onwards, therefore, courses will be held online as a basic principle. Face coverings will also be mandatory in outdoor areas of the university as of November.
Erstsemesterbegrüßung für Masterstudierende durch Professor Norbert Seeger - alle mit Maske zum Schutz vor einer Corona-Infektion. Foto: Eva Tritschler
Welcoming freshers in October 2020 under coronavirus restrictions: Professor Norbert Seeger and students wear a face mask to protect others. Photo: Eva Tritschler

Having pulled out all the stops over the past two weeks to give their freshers a feel for their campus and for hybrid studying, putting on numerous small-scale events indoors and out, the departments now have to reorganise themselves all over again at the drop of a hat. And only if a specific lab or oral exam absolutely has to be conducted in person will the deans be able to grant an exemption.

Given that there are some 2,000 freshers, plus over 7,000 students in other years, creating an intimate atmosphere with things like digital live formats and enabling them to study successfully with interactive activities poses a huge challenge. New students also need to form groups for socialising and learning, even in the digital world and when they are separated by a computer screen.

These new restrictions will initially apply until the end of November, with the President’s Office set to keep a close eye on the situation as the month goes on. The Measures and Hygiene Plan has proved itself to be flexible and will remain in force, the only change being the more stringent requirement for mouth-and-nose coverings.