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How COVID-19 is Fast-Tracking Digital Transformation in Science and Technology Institutes

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  • 등록일. 2020.03.11
  • 작성자. Public Relations Team

DGIST‧UNIST holds real-time online lectures through ‘Blackboard’ as a breakthrough
KAIST‧GIST also moves to online instruction using platforms such as ‘ZOOM’

 Prof. Jong Rae Park of the School of Undergraduate Studies conducting

 Prof. Jong Rae Park of the School of Undergraduate Studies conducting 'Design Thinking' class with Blackboard on March ⓒDGIST


 The four major science and technology institutes, known as STI(hereinafter referred to as STIs), are promoting remote classes such as “real-time online lectures” to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Most colleges are facing difficulties due to delays in the opening of classes, but STIs are changing the landscape of lectures by using the Learning Management System (LMS).

 DGIST, which started classes on Monday, March 9, will run the first semester of 2020 via remote classes until the COVID-19 crisis settles. GIST, which starts on Friday March 13, will also run remote classes using online platform until at least April and KAIST and UNIST will run online classes for two weeks from Monday, March 16.

 The 4 major STIs operate a system that allows students to access and study on online classes at anytime, anywhere. The programs and names used by each university slightly vary, but how they upload materials or recorded lectures is similar. * KAIST: KLMS / GIST: GEL / DGIST & UNIST: Blackboard

 In addition to the conventional methods, the system has been improved for students to take lectures on 'real-time two-way remote classes' and receive credits this semester. To this end, STIs have also decided to minimize the class gaps by supporting technical demands and requirements, all of which are to prevent the spread of infectious diseases that might occur as professors and students gather in narrow classrooms.

 DGIST and UNIST are conducting real-time remote classes utilizing the collaborate ultra-function provided by 'Blackboard.' By adopting the cloud service to increase operational efficiency, both institutes will provide stable, real-time lectures regardless of the number of students accessed concurrently. They will also offer the existing method of recording or registering lectures in advance or using MOOC.

 KAIST operates a mix of 'Non-real-time remote classes', where professors upload the videos they created and answer questions on bulletin boards, and the ‘Real-time remote classes’ where both professors and students access online at the same time. A real-time video conference solution called 'ZOOM' will be used for real-time classes.

 GIST will use ZOOM and Skype for real-time online classes, along with the existing learning materials such as video lectures uploaded on GEL (GIST E-Learning), an online learning system, and MOOC.

 Bo-won Kim, the Co-secretariat of STIs (concurrently the Head of KAIST Planning Office), expressed “We could easily switch to 'real-time two-way remote classes’ in the learning system used by four major science and technology institutes. STIs will take the lead in cultivating talented science and technology specialists by researching and developing advanced teaching methods.” 

 He added, “Although COVID-19 outbreak is a painful moment for everyone, the experience gained from overcoming this crisis could lead to innovation in education.”