Universitas Brawijaya (UB) decides to do offline learning, but only for 1st and 3rd semester students as mentioned by UB Rector, Prof.Dr. Ir. Nuhfil Hanani, AR, M.S., in the Talk and Casual Chat (Bonsai) event with UB experts, Monday (3/5/2021).
“Considering the existing conditions, currently UB takes a stand with several considerations, such as how far the level of pandemic is and the main campus have large students. If everyone enters, then Malang City will become full, campus and faculties will also be full, “he said.
Therefore, in order to avoid crowd in UB, except early semester students who are doing research and thesis can do face to face.
“The existing courses will also be limited. The usual time of two hours is limited to one hour. The lecture system becomes a collaboration or project base so that the crowd can be maintained and put forward the COVID protocol, “he said.
Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Aulanni’am, drh., DES explained that even though there is a face-to-face policy, only 25 percent of students are allowed to come face to face in class.
“Plan for the next semester which is certain is for the students of 2020 batch. In our opinion, since they became new students one year ago, they have never known who the lecturers are and how the campus is, “she said.
The Professor in Biochemistry added that if learning is carried out offline, it must meet health protocols such as providing a sink, using a mask, sitting one meter apart, and using a room that has good air circulation. Arranged in Semester Learning Plan (RPS) of what parts will be laid online and offline.
Meanwhile, Public Policy Expert, Prof. Dr. Bambang Supriyono, M.S. said there are three things to consider when the face-to-face policy will be implemented. First, infrastructure support, socio-cultural aspects, and the ability to structure policies can be translated to the operational level.
“In terms of infrastructure support for technology and classrooms in UB, everything has been fulfilled. From the socio-cultural aspect, we must also see how the level of community acceptance of the offline policies being carried out. And finally, the leadership must be able to advise students that health protocols must be obeyed not only on campus but also when in boarding houses, ”said the Dean of FIA UB.
He also added that government policies regarding online or offline learning must be obeyed by the community. This is because the government already has comprehensive benchmarks in classifying areas according to the red, yellow and green zones.
“For areas in the green zone, it is allowed to go offline but still adhere to health protocols. Meanwhile, elementary to middle schools generally have offline and face-to-face policies, but they must adhere to health protocols, “he said. (OKY / Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).