Online learning will dominate the timetable for Semester 1
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., so the following commitments are made for Semester 1.
The majority of teaching will be delivered online in Semester 1.
Your timetable for classes will mirror the normal on-campus timetable allowing us to transition seamlessly back to campus when conditions and government guidelines allow. In essence, this means that your class times for online learning will be at the same time slots as if you were physically on-campus. Classes will be delivered live online as per the published timetable, but they will also be recorded and made available to students who may not always have easy access to broadband, who have underlying conditions which make it unsafe for them to be on campus or those who may be located in different time-zones, etc.
On-campus activity will be by prior arrangement only.
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 as per normal, which is two weeks prior to commencement of lectures: for most students, that is 14th September. Once timetables are live, you can view them on the NCI website.
In line with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) guidance, alternative assessment and delivery arrangements remain in place for the duration of Semester 1. 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.
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.