Since the Coronavirus has caused every school to delay its starting day of class and to replace classes with an untact class, Dongguk University has taken a cyber lecture method. Before the face-to-face leture, going to school is virtually rejected. This is a natural result from Coronavirus and many students agree with cyber lecture. However, there are some problems regarding this lecture method and school’s coping. Most of them are about tuition fee. As the lecture is replaced by an untact lecture, students not only hear lectures of quality that cannot be better than face-to-face lectures, but also cannot use the school’s facilities. Especially, in terms of education, some professors replace their lecture with assignments. Even, according to everytime, a school anonymous community website, a professor played videos of his past lectures.
In case of students of College of Engineering and College of the Arts, problems are bigger. They pay more tuition to conduct experiments or practices. However, since all lectures are conducted online, they cannot do those activities, which means the reason they pay more tuition is gone and the lessons do not go well. A sophomore of College of the Arts said, “I take pictures of my work and get feedback from my professor online, but pictures are different from the actual work, so I cannot get enough accurate feedback. I feel uncomfortable not only with the lack of feedback, but also with the fact that I do not have enough space for my personal work.” She also added, “I know that part of tuition includes the cost of working room and materials. I think it is unfair to take all tuition in this situation where the use of working room and materials is not available.”
Other than tuition fee, there are more damages. Kim Min-gu, the sophomore of the Department of Economics, rented a room in Chungmuro and is living apart from his family. He said, “I could not decide when to go to my parents’ house since cyber lecture period is extended by only one week continuously.” He also added, “The monthly rent is such a waste since our classes have been replaced by cyber lecture.” He also mentioned about the school that he would like it to announce that the opening of the offline lecture semester will be postponed in advance.
Students who applied for the exchange student program suffer a setback from the interview process. Lee Ju-ha, the junior of College of Law, planned to go to Technical University of Ostrava in Czech Republic as an exchange student next semester. She already passed, but she does not know whether she will be able to go because of COVID-19. She said, “I planned to go to the Czech Republic next semester as an exchange student and reflect on myself through various experiences in a bigger world, challenging a project I wanted to do and grow up.” She added, “However, as the dispatch of exchange students in the second semester became uncertain, it became confusing as to what to do if I cannot go in the second semester and whether I can pass if I apply again when I became a senior.”
As such, lots of students are suffering from cyber lecture’s side effects. Although there is no perfect method in this situation, school should find something better for students especially in terms of education. A sophomore student of College of Arts said, “Most of the lectures are not going well currently, and I think that it would be like wasting a semester, paying the same amount of money without learning anything and just moving on to the second semester.” Meanwhile, Lee Ju-ha also said, “I learned the lesson that it is natural that there are variables in life, and it is important that I make my way firmly without being swayed by them. Nevertheless, I hope the whole world can overcome the COVID-19 as soon as possible and safely participate in a student exchange program.”
However, with the expended period of cyber lecture, the school announced that they will consider face-to-face lecture of experiments or practices after conducting demand survey.
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