Be there - if necessary, with our dual-mode approach | CEU UCH

Bachelor's degree programmes will be taught in an in-person, face-to-face format at the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in 2021-22. However, the number of students able to attend in person may be limited by health regulations in force in September 2021. In such a case, the University will implement the dual-mode approach to attendance, which was successfully employed in 2020-21. The dual-mode approach will be employed in two situations:

  • On a temporary basis: in order to comply with health regulations; this may affect all study programmes or some of them, depending on their nature.
  • In particular situations: when a student is able to provide evidence that, for justifiable reasons, he or she is unable to attend lectures in person for a period of time during the academic year.

So, the University intends the new academic year to be one in which attendance will be primarily in-person in nature, and yet with the option of activating the dual-mode approach to attendance system if necessary - a system was successfully employed during 2020-21. If you are not acquainted with the dual-mode approach, here are some details.

The "dual-mode approach to attendance" enables students to attend lectures in person or online, via a live connection to the lecture room.

To enable this dual-mode approach to be employed, the University has equipped more than 150 lecture rooms with HyFlex technology. This enables interactive educational activities to be undertaken with both students who are physically present in the room and those attending online. So, all students – wherever they are – can attend and participate in lectures live and simultaneously.

How does it work?

Attendance and participation are the key. As a student at the University, you attend and participate in lectures, rather than just follow them. As part of this, you can connect to the classroom using any device – computer, tablet or phone.

In one click, you can see the class just as if you were seated in the fourth row, or choose a different view to see those in the room as they ask questions. You can even come face to face with your lecturer and interact with him or her – just as if you were physically in the room.

So, we just watch and ask questions?

It is more than that. Even if you are at home, you can set up a live chat with your classmates in the room for group work. So, it is easy to create teams of students, some of whom are physically present in class and others are elsewhere. Everyone is connected, just a click away, using any type of electronic device.

If the dual-mode approach is used during 2021-22, students using the system must keep their camera switched on while connected to lectures. Students who do not turn their camera on will be unable to attend.

Safety you can trust

Safety you can trust Safety you can trust

The idea of taking care of each other has been at the forefront of everything the Office of the Vice-Rector for Students and University Life has been doing for many years and it is now a key priority for the University. That is why the San Pablo CEU Foundation has committed major investment to protect the health and safety of the whole university community.

The University’s different services will set up online helpdesks to ensure that a personalized, real-time service can be provided to every student, via Teams, Zoom or similar programs.

Every effort will be made to ensure that student administration processes can take place online, reducing the need for face-to-face contact without compromising on service quality. In the same way, digital versions of academic records and official documents will be created.

Each study programme will, if required, implement the dual-mode approach to attendance according to its particular needs, regarding practical training, sessions where physical presence is required for continuous assessment, timetables, etc. However, in all cases, the University intends practical training for all students to take place in person during the academic year.

CEU UCH 2021-22 Action Plan

Dual-mode, HyFlex and more

"Dual-mode" means that there are two ways to participate in lectures – an important change. But the real shift is not technological but methodological. It is about re-establishing the university's role as a place of discovery, passion and critical thinking. Studying at university is not about passing exams. The reason you come here is to become the person you want to be.

Being digital
Being digital.

Digital inside & out

The world is digital, so the University must be too. We have gone digital with our dual-mode approach to attendance and our multimedia learning materials on our virtual campus. And you will be digital too by acquiring a whole range of digital competencies linked to your study programme and future career.

Being thoughtful
Become a thinker (OK, it does sound weird)

Doing & experiencing

If being at university were just about memorizing facts, it would be better not to go at all, right? The shift in our methodological approach means that we base your learning on thinking and doing. Thinking in order to understand, interpret, and express yourself. Doing by using what you’ve learnt and putting it into practice, in the real world. We want you to learn how to do things and think about them, or to think about them and then do them: the order will depend on the course you’re doing and the year you’re in. After all, if you do not know how, do you really know? Or even more importantly: if you do not know how to think, what can you really do?

Being independent
Being independent

Deconstructing knowledge

We are deconstructing the knowledge of each discipline, stripping them down to their building blocks, so that you can see the reason why you are learning them. The courses of each study programme will change, so that they are structured in terms of related concepts, facilitating understanding of specific parts while making it easier to grasp the overall picture. In this way, learning will not be linear, but made up of a network in which each node is connected to others, opening up new perspectives, new references and reflections, and new ways of doing and thinking. To be ready for the ever-changing future, we must go back to the roots of what universities are: we need to understand each building block of knowledge, put it in its proper context and then think critically about the whole thing, rather than just relying on what other people think.

Professional, Personal and Social

It is not just about you

There are three goals in front of you: your professional development, your personal growth and your ability to contribute to making society better for everyone. Let’s face it, if all your goals were just about you, that would be bit selfish, right? That is why our approach at the University is focused on your professional development, on your personal growth, and also on helping you to contribute to the common good. We believe that everyone can contribute to making a better future, and that there are things which might seem impossible and yet which, together, we can achieve. That is why your experience at the University cannot be just about you.

Everyone feels more motivated when what we are learning is our choice. In the same way, the enjoyment we take from learning increases as we realize that it can make the world a better place..

Professional
Professional

Being professional

Our Careers Service can support you right from the beginning in your quest to develop professionally. If you want to know more about the Careers Service, click here:

Personal
Personal

To be or not to be

Our mentoring programme is designed to ensure every student can reach their personal potential. It can help you develop your leadership skills (yes, this can be learnt), your communication skills (you can work on them and get better), your ability to work in a team, your ability to innovate, your ability to take decisions, and more. In the end, you choose what you want to be.

Social
Social

Being social

Our volunteering programmes give you the chance to take part in projects in Spain and abroad, projects which show how we can make the world a better place. For us, it is important to learn how we can transform society in a way which benefits the common good. What is the common good? It means showing solidarity with those who are most in need of help. It means being green. It means being ethical. It means looking out for other people. Find out more about being social: