Paris School of Business has used all its responsiveness and innovative capacities to maintain contact with its students and ensure their educational continuity in a degraded context.
The past two years have been marked by the Covid-19 epidemic and have required a great deal of effort from everyone. On the higher education side, the challenge was to find quick solutions to put in place to allow students to continue their studies.
Maintaining classes during the Covid period: challenge met thanks to the agility and technical support of the Galileo group
The Paris School of Business programs offer quality teaching that emphasizes the student-school-business relationship. The Covid crisis and the two lockdowns it involved therefore constituted a major challenge for the administrative and teaching team as well as for the professional speakers. Maintaining the educational link was the first objective of the school, which did not wait to develop distancing solutions and build alternative ways to face-to-face classes. Objective achieved since the Paris School of Business was among the first schools to take back classes, thanks to the provision by its Group, Galileo Global Education, of specific technical systems.
- The link and the follow-up of the students were very quickly restored thanks to course adaptations and to the efforts made by all the actors and collaborators :
- The school payed close attention and operational implementation of government recommendations and requirements,
- The school answered with the fast development of distance learning courses, as well as the building of new communication ways and channels,
As a result : no educational break and 100% of the courses provided !
Classroom and distance learning schedules adapted to government requirements
In order to adapt to the health provisions emanating from the government, and to offer to students the best reception conditions, Paris School of Business has reorganized its educational programs. The students were able to benefit from their courses in their entirety thanks to the implemetation of bi-modality teaching calendars.
During the 2 strict lockdown periods: the courses were obviously given at a distance, thanks to the Blackboard Collaborate tool.
Between confinements and in accordance with government requirements: the face-to-face courses were provided to 50% of the students every two weeks. Then, while maintaining compliance with authorized gauges, it was possible to receive the students 1 to 2 days in a week, every week.
An innovative distance learning tool to ensure pedagogical continuity
Maintaining the educational link and courses was made possible by quickly providing the teaching rooms with specific equipment. The responsiveness of the school and of the Galileo Group played an essential role : the group delivered in record time the technical elements necessary to enable the implementation of distance learning using Blackboard Collaborate technology.
This solution allows the remote students to follow their course while benefiting from the same posture as if they were present in situ: they can see the speaker / teacher while speaking in live in front of the class (in half-group, if necessary) as if they were in the room themselves. Course documents as well as teacher's notes can also be screened in the same time, on the same screen.
The teacher autonomously manages his course thanks to 4 elements :
- A specific computer linked to his PC. Its role is to centralize and mix audio and video streams and to manage the Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom.
- A high performance audio-visual installation: webcam, microphones, speakers.
- A flexcam (or "document viewer") which allows the teacher to benefit from a real virtual board for his explanatory diagrams.
- A control box (Stream deck) which makes possible to easily modify the display of the various elements, in the room and / or remotely.
Thanks to the quality and performance of this dedicated bimodal support, students have never been on their own or been required to work on pre-recorded or non-interactive classes. Their teachers were able to use specific supports and received training to master it perfectly.
As the situation to come has greatly improved, it is possible to assume that teaching conditions will continue to soften in order to return to normalcy. However, Paris School of Business is more than ready to react and benefits from the technological equipment and experience of the past 2 years.