Welcome to our New Hybrid/Flex(ible) Classes

We have completely restructured our English Language Program and we are looking forward to seeing you both in our classrooms and online.

For information regarding registration (days, times, and fees), please contact the Registration Office at 2103680083 / 2103680023 

 

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Classes with no more than 12 students that can also be attended online 

Our school offers “smart” digital classrooms (smart classrooms), which accommodate up to 12 students. Classrooms are fully equipped with new audiovisual equipment, including cameras, microphones, monitors, special software and access to Blackboard, the new e-learning platform for online sessions.

How is the lesson offered in class and remotely?

If the number of students for a specific class is higher than the capacity of the room, the class is conducted as a Flex one with the use of hybrid learning. This means that majority of the students will be present in the classroom, while the remainder (at least 2 students) will be attending the lesson live from home via a video call – web conferencing. For example, if there are 10 students enrolled for a class in a room with a capacity of 8 students, in each lesson 2 students will participate from home in rotation.

Each student attend at least some lessons in the classroom, following a rotating weekly schedule. That is, our students will come to school most days, but some days they will participate live from home through distance learning.

Even if the number of students does not exceed the capacity of the room, all students will have the opportunity to use the technology since parts of the course will be held only online through distance learning with the help of our e-platform.

All students will need to use the platform, since it will be used both during the lesson and throughout the school year whether students are attending remotely or not. Students will always be able to use the platform to access the course activities and the material that the Academic team has designed for them.

How is the rotating schedule designed? When will my child come to class and when will he or she attend from home?

Students will receive a schedule for the lessons they will attend in class and online. What makes our program even more Flex(ible) is that if a student cannot attend a scheduled lesson in class at any time, (e.g. due to heavy workload, sickness, or other personal reasons) they can participate online. Through the live video conference provided by the Blackboard platform and the audiovisual system of each room, every student will have the same educational experience whether in class or at home.

Is it mandatory for students to attend lessons both in class and remotely?

Attendance is mandatory in any case, either in the classroom or online. If a student cannot attend a scheduled lesson in class due to an emergency, they will be able to attend the lesson online after consulting with the teacher of the course and / or the Secretariat.

How many hours in total will a student attend in class and how many online?

This depends on the number of students enrolled in each class. In any case, students attend most of the lessons in class and, according to the schedule, participate online from home in rotation. Even when the total number of students enrolled in a class does not exceed the capacity of the room, some lessons will be conducted online so that all students become familiar with attending courses online.

It also depends on the course of the pandemic and the measures taken by the Ministry of Education, which may change the ratio of lessons offered in class and online.

Should circumstances so require, Hellenic American Union's new English Language Learning Program is designed to be entirely conducted online with live sessions as well.

How is the same live participation and interaction with the teacher and other students ensured in a lesson attended remotely?

Welcome to the new e-learning era with the use of the Blackboard online learning platform, the platform used by the largest educational institutions around the world for online education and lifelong learning.

During the lesson, the group of students attending remotely will be required to participate with cameras and microphones on. They will actively participate at each stage of the learning experience through a special video conferencing monitor installed in the classroom.

At the same time, the group attending the lesson in class will be able to see, hear and communicate (both orally and in writing) with the group attending remotely through the special camera and microphone systems installed in the room, as mentioned above.

Is the lesson recorded on video? What about personal data and remote attendance?

It is important to know that students attending remotely will be able to see the entire classroom with the students and the teacher live on their screen so that proper interaction is ensured.

Participation in the hybrid lesson through the Blackboard Collaborate platform is NOT videoed nor digitally recorded in any way by any of the parties involved (i.e. students, teachers, HAU staff, etc.). HAU has fully analyzed the individual parameters related to the privacy of teachers and students, thus ensuring that hybrid/flex(ible) classrooms will be run in a way that safeguards this privacy.

Here you will find details on expectations of students’ participation in hybrid/flex(ible) classes.

What kind of equipment does a student need to attend from home?
  • a computer (laptop, pc, tablet) - not a mobile phone
  • good internet connection (ideally at least 24 Mbps)

Students do not need to download any applications; they can access the lesson just by clicking on a link.

What will I gain from this new program and how is it different from other similar online lessons? 

Flexibility for the student in the classroom and individualized support

Why should the lesson be confined to a traditional classroom? The hybrid classroom offers more opportunities for language contact and student cooperation, as well as frequent individual contact with the teacher, as one would have in a private lesson. The scheduled weekly sessions will take place in the classroom and via Internet for students who are off-site, and with more interaction tools. In addition, the special hybrid lessons combine live (synchronous) participation once a week and asynchronous participation via the platform. This type of lessons can promote active learning, since students are responsible for the material they need to cover in their own time.

Learning faster – more enjoyably! The new program encourages students to try new ways of communicating, collaborating and learning, in order to acquire the language faster, more easily and more enjoyably than they would in a traditional English lesson.

Learning in a variety of different ways: The platform provides access to more educational material in different forms, and the student can study the language in more ways (e.g. tests, discussion forums, communities of practice, group tasks, chatting, etc.).

Helping each student individually: Through the platform teachers can quickly and directly communicate with each student to answer questions or provide extra material, etc. Often students do not ask questions or seek help in the classroom, either because they are having difficulties, or because they don’t realize they need assistance.

Promoting thorough and regular assessment of student progress: The teacher systematically monitors students’ contact with the language and the degree of their cooperation and interaction. In this way, the teacher can provide individualized support.

Ensuring better performance for the class as a whole: The new hybrid way of attending classes offers each student the chance to work through the material at his or her own pace, always with the teacher’s guidance. Students thus have more time and experience less pressure in assimilating the new material. In the new hybrid lessons, class performance has be shown to improve significantly for the benefit of all students!

Learning to cooperate in an online environment: Group work done in class in combination with the online environment becomes even more important and meaningful.

Preparing future professionals through language learning: Students are exposed to a new online learning environment that fosters cooperation and become familiar with the new digital reality they will later encounter during their university studies or in the job market.

Meet the specialized team behind the new English Language Program and the Hybrid/Flex(ible) classes of the Hellenic American Union

The program has been designed and is supported by the Applied Linguistics-TESOL department of Hellenic American University and a specialized eLearning Task Force of the Hellenic American Union.

Dr. Dimitris Tolias, eLearning Director at Hellenic American University and Director of the Center of Applied Linguistics & Language Studies at Hellenic American Union, is the Project Leader of the design of the new program.

How can I register?

For information regarding registration (days, times, and fees), please contact the Registration Office at 2103680083 / 2103680023 

Last Update At: 2020/09/11 - 08:23:20

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