Return to College at ICHAS September 2020
Over the last few months, colleges have had to adapt to new ways of teaching and learning due to the extremely challenging and changing environment that we have had to face the COVID 19 virus. The Management Team at the College are closely monitoring the situation regarding the virus. As a College, we are; in the first instance, committed to supporting the health, safety, and wellbeing of the College Community as well as ensuring that the educational experience of students is the best it can possibly be and is continued as seamlessly as possible.
During the last semester of the last academic year, our current students and members of faculty experienced some disruption to both delivery modes and assessment processes at the end of the Semester. In that regard, we were fortunate that we have the facility to use synchronous blended teaching resources as well as online assessment methods and/or assessment submission methods and the feedback from students and lecturers generally indicated that they worked well.
As a college, we must plan for the coming semester, but we are equally conscious that the best plans are subject to change in these circumstances and absolute certainty is not possible. We look forward to welcoming you to your studies and in an effort to ensure safety for both students and faculty members, we have tried as much as possible to utilise our blended learning facilities to allow us to resume teaching and learning in September by offering various modes of learning.
Return to College Guidelines, September 2020
Subject to confirmation from the Government and the national response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, ICHAS intends to re-open for Semester 1 2020/21 as follows:
- Allow students a number of modes of learning for the coming semester
- For students, online delivery will be a significant part of the timetable for semester one
- Ensure the Health the Safety of Students and Staff
- Adhere to HSE Guidelines
Students on full-time programmes will have the option of attending either in a physical classroom or via synchronous blended learning. If like last March, Government advice is altered in the coming weeks to require higher education buildings to close again, we hope to continue programmes using online technologies. If that happens, then additional adjustments to schedules may be required, but it is not envisaged that this will be necessary at this stage.
We look forward to welcoming back our current student and our new students for September 2020. If you have any queries on this please contact us on 061 216288.