In 2020-21, teaching at CEU will use a model known as HyFlex – hybrid and flexible. This will enable students both to attend lectures on campus in the normal way and to attend the same lectures online. This dual-mode approach means that students can switch between physical attendance at lectures and following them in real time online.

Our general plan for teaching is to offer as many educational activities as possible in an in-person, on-campus format. In fact, for some groups in-person attendance will be the general default mode for learning.

In order to offer this dual-mode model, the CEU Cardenal Herrera University is equipping 150 classrooms with a HyFlex system. This enables interactive sessions to take place with students physically in the room and others participating online from home: everyone, wherever they are, can take part in the session simultaneously. This new dual-mode, HyFlex model enables students to be physically present or to be present online in real time.

How does it work?

All our students can come to campus for their lectures or participate in these same lectures in real time from home. When students come to the CEU campus, they can do so in the knowledge that the right safety and hygiene measures are in place. Indeed, not only will we comply with the recommendations set by the health authorities, but we are going further and putting ourselves forward for an external and independent audit of our implementation of them.

The key for students will be to attend and participate - there’s more to it than just being "in" a class. So, for example, if you’re at home, not only will you be able to access a video feed of your lecture or class via any device, but you can also choose the camera view you want and change it whenever you need. 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 how those physically present 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, you can follow and participate in the class, while directing your own live feed of it from your own home, using a range of different cameras.

So, we can just watch and ask questions?

It's more than that. Even if you’re at home, you can set up a live session with your classmates for team-working, even if some are online at home and others are in the classroom. So, everyone is connected, just one click away, using any device you want.

Each study programme will implement the dual-mode, HyFlex model in its own way, regarding practical training sessions, sessions where physical presence is required for continuous assessment, timetables, etc. However, in all cases the academic year will be planned in such a way as to guarantee that students can do their practical training sessions (either on a weekly basis or as part of PAP), to maximize the number of in-person sessions on campus,* and to create an interactive learning experience across all scenarios.

Our HyFlex technological solution includes the possibility of the use of online videoconferencing, meaning that, if a temporary lockdown occurred, we would still be able to continue with real-time lectures and interactive student participation, whatever the circumstances may be.

CEU UCH 2020-21 Action Plan

*To maintain the right to continuous assessment, there may be some courses which will have minimum requirements for physical attendance on campus, with exceptions detailed in the CEU UCH 2020-21 Action Plan. These requirements and other criteria related to physical presence on campus may be modified if the health authorities’ safety guidelines change or if prudence requires that these activities be organized in a different manner.

Dual-mode, HyFlex and more

"Dual-mode" means that there are two ways in participate in lectures - and this is an important change. But the real shift is not technological but methodological. It’s about renewing the university’s role as a place of discovery, passion and critical thinking. Studying at university isn’t about passing exams. It’s about becoming the person you want to be.

Being digital.
Being digital.

Digital in & out

The world is digital, so the University must be too. In our dual-mode approach, our multimedia learning support resources and our evolution in including digital competences as part of each study programme, we are showing what being digital really means.

Being thoughtful
Being thoughtful (sounds a bit odd, doesn’t it?)

Doing & experiencing

If being to university is just about memorizing facts, it’d 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 as a means of 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. In the end, if you don’t know how, do you really know? But even more importantly, if you don’t know how to think, what can you do?

Being independent
Being independent

Deconstructing knowledge

We’re deconstructing the knowledge of each discipline, stripping them down to their building blocks, so that you can see the reason why you’re learning each of them. The courses of each study programme will change, so that they are structured in terms of related concepts, facilitating understanding of specific parts and 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 able to be ready for the ever-changing future, we have to go back to the roots of what universities are: we need to understand the details, put them in their proper context and think critically about the whole thing, rather than just relying on what other people think.

Professional, Personal and Social

It’s 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’s why our approach at the University is focused on your professional development, on your personal growth and on helping you to contribute to the common good. We believe that everyone has the ability to contribute to a better future, and that there are things which might seem impossible and yet which, together, we can actually achieve. That’s why your experience at the University can’t be just about you.

The motivation we feel towards working hard in our studies increases when what we’re learning is our choice. In the same way, the enjoyment we take from learning increases as we become more aware of how we can contribute to making 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. So, it’s up to you to be 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’s important to learn how we can transform society in a way which benefits the common good. What is the common good? It’s showing solidarity with those who are most in need of help. It means being green. It means being ethical. It means looking out for the good of other people. Find out more about being social: