Procedures for distance education pursuant to the coronavirus measures

17 March 2020

Dear Students,

due to the national measures taken because of the coronavirus epidemic (Government Decrees 40/2020 (III.11.), 41/2020 (III.11.)), we have to carry out the education of our School in the form of distance education after 23 March 2020 for an uncertain period of time. In order to start and deliver distance education as smoothly and high-quality as possible, we inform you of the following.

Even in this unusual situation, we plan to implement the entire training program and to achieve the previously announced educational goals, that is, we are going to ensure you the completion of the obligations prescribed in the training requirements even during the ban on classroom education. During this extraordinary period, our curriculum will continue as originally published and in accordance with the current timetable from the next week. The teaching materials included in the curriculum and course descriptions are going to be made available to students continuously and we are going to provide you with the conditions necessary to prepare for the exams. Organizing this to the fullest extent possible under the current circumstances is the task of the course directors. They are going to inform you about how to complete each subject, available updated e-learning materials, and instructor-student communication.

The nature of our subjects and our teaching methods differ in many respects and are partly difficult to reconcile with the methodology of distance education. Accordingly, in determining the optimal procedures and contents, the decisions of the course directors will be authoritative in each case.

  • They are going to provide consultation opportunities in the lecture and practice periods shown in the timetables (e.g. video chat, written chat);
  • They are going to hold the seminars in the form of a consultation based on the previously published teaching materials commented by the students (e.g. video chat, written chat).

We find it important for you to be able to ask questions and actively engage in classroom activities in the distance education system as well, so please keep interactivity in mind.

We ask those students who have previously used a distance education method, platform, or participated in creating electronic teaching materials to support the communication and curriculum development efforts of the education according to their own user experience and knowledge.

Basic principles:

  1. class-specific teaching materials sent in advance
  2. student attendance register
  3. easy accessibility and usability
  4. interactivity (the student has to complete tasks either in advance or during the class, the results of which are seen by the instructor)

The four Hungarian medical training institutions are working to respond jointly and uniformly to the state of emergency declared by the Hungarian government, therefore the course directors constantly consult with their colleagues in charge of the given subjects at the other medical faculties to share good practices. We can learn a lot from each other and in the future, the harmonization of education and the organization of education can also play an important role in the judgement of the trainings.

Of course, we are aware that the practice-oriented nature of the general medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and biotechnology trainings makes the development and transition to full distance education difficult, i.e. teaching our materials without direct student-instructor(-patient) contact. We ask for your patience because difficulties or temporary issues may still arise in the first period. In the present circumstances, I ask for the support and cooperation of the esteemed Students to do everything together in order to implement education that is of the same quality and content as before.

In case of technical questions or problems with the application of Microsoft Teams, the UP Directorate for Information Technologies Service Desk (https://sd.pte.hu) can help.

If you have any further questions regarding distance education, please contact dr. László CZOPF, Vice-Dean for Education at the following e-mail address: registrars.office@aok.pte.hu.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Yours sincerely,

 

Dr. Miklós NYITRAI,                                                                Dr. László CZOPF

Dean                                                                                   Vice-Dean for Education