Hopeful times ahead
Plans for classes take into account continued remote learning and a return to normal classroom delivery, if and when that's possible.
National College of Ireland is prepared to respond to both good news and bad news in relation to COVID-19, with programmes ready for dual delivery: online and in-person. The College appreciates that students need to know what to expect in the immediate term, both to prepare themselves for the months ahead and for practical purposes regarding planning, accommodation, etc., and will shortly be stating commitments for Semester 1, 2021.
For the time being, the majority of teaching will be delivered online in 2021. View the latest statement from the college on course delivery. However, as vaccination moves forward, we can plan our return to campus for Semester 1, 2021.
This means that, even where your timetable shows online classes, it will mirror the normal on-campus timetable, allowing us to transition seamlessly back to campus as conditions and government guidelines allow. On-campus classes will also be delivered online at the scheduled time, allowing remote access for those unable to attend on campus, as well as being recorded and made available to students after the scheduled class time. Dual delivery allows us to safely open our campus to as many students as possible, while continuing to look after those for whom this doesn’t work, eg, those who have underlying conditions, who must take extra care at the moment; dual delivery also puts us in a position to respond quickly and positively to changing circumstances.
For this coming Autumn, it looks like on-campus activity will continue to be by scheduled and/or prior arrangement only, and with limited numbers, but we are looking forward to the start of a return to normality, with 2022 looking like a very good year indeed.
At all times, student health and safety and adherence to Government direction and HSE advice regarding COVID-19 will guide on-campus attendance. Any general changes to on-campus access as currently planned will be clearly communicated via Moodle, to your college email address and on our website.
The School of Business, the School of Computing, and the Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning will schedule on-campus learning events alongside online classes where possible and appropriate. Details of any planned on-campus learning events attaching to your programme of study will be issued as part of your timetable. The number and types of on-campus learning event will vary by school, year of programme and whether or not you are studying full time, part time, and on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme.
These on-campus learning events are essential to completing your course; however, alternative arrangements will be made for those who can’t attend on campus, e.g.; students who are at high risk, or who are self-isolating, etc. These students will be given access to a recording of the event.
Students are asked, at this time, not to attend on-campus except as timetabled by their programme, for pre-booked study, or by pre-arranged appointment.
Timetables will be issued one week prior to commencement of lectures. Once timetables are live, you can view them on the NCI website.
In line with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) guidance, provision for alternative assessment and delivery arrangements remain in place. You will be assessed on a mix of continuous assessment, traditional assignments and/or online examinations. Group projects will operate as normal, as these can easily be managed in an online mode of delivery. You will not be required to undertake any in-person examinations on-campus.
Students may repeat an assessment taken under these alternative assessment arrangements without academic or financial penalty. Students may also defer an assessment until terminal in-person examinations are reinstated. You can find more information about assessment and exams at NCI on the exams section of our site. We also encourage all students to keep up to date with information from their Programme Coordinator.
For current students due to take up work placement this year, it is intended for these to be carried out where possible. Each work placement will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with its suitability assessed in light of the latest advice from government and the HSE.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
NCI is consistent in following HSE advice and Government direction. Should we need to restrict access to campus in response to an increase in COVID-19 restrictions, we will do so, however our intention will always be to return to the plan above as soon as possible.
Please check our FAQs for the most up-to-date information. Students will receive direct communication of updates via college email and Moodle.