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The New Class System of 2020

How Was the Class System Last Semester?

Due to the sudden spread of Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID19), back in February, of‑ine classes were postponed, and students were instructed to take online classes. Prompted by this sudden change, the school gave three extra units to all students, increased the capacity of students per class, and revised the grading system. The revision of the grading system is as follows: the core major classes grading system of giving 30% of As in total increased its maximum to 40%, and the total ratio of As and Bs increased from 65% to 80%, for standard major classes, their range of 40% As was unchanged and the ratio for As and Bs was increased from 75% to 80%, and for the classes held in international language, grading system of giving 50% As and 90% As and Bs was unchanged. The revision of the grading system gave more opportunity to students to get better grades compared to last year. Still, this does not mean all professors fully ­lled the percentage range given.

There were some subjects, however, excluded from the revision of the grading system and continued to assess through absolute evaluation, such as some classes from the School of Medicine, the Department of Global Convergence, and some more.

The Revision of Class System This Semester

Unfortunately, the pandemic is still ongoing, so the school had to take new measures to ­ll up the loopholes of the class system last semester. Due to the strong restrictions and implications of social distancing, most professors had to hold exams online, which made the exam process vulnerable to cheating. There were many reports regarding the case of cheating during midterms and ­nals. Furthermore, many freshmen complained regarding their lack of experience on campus due to COVID19. To resolve these problems, SKKU announced the revised class system. First, midterms and ­nal exams are required to be taken of‑ine excluding the students who are overseas. They would be given different tasks. Second, classes are divided into three categories:online, offline, on-offline. For online classes, they will be held through either live streaming or will be pre-recorded. Offline classes are for classes that need to be hands-on but with 40 or fewer students. On-of‑ine classes are decided based on whether it is held online or of‑ine after students vote on which type of class they prefer. Lastly, the school gave opportunities to the freshmen to enjoy campus life by offering most of the of‑ine class capacity to them.

The Voices of Kingos

There were various reactions in regards to this new regulation. There were many students, especially the freshmen, who are excited to go to school and take classes of‑ine. They spoke out saying, “It seems fair to have three types of classes in that it gives students choices,” and “I was worried I would not be able to have any hands-on activities like last semester, which made me feel like I did not learn much.” Still, there were also students who were hesitant and showed negative reactions. Students who disagreed to offline classes stated, “It is still too dangerous to study in groups,” “Mixing classes with on and of‑ine would be too confusing and inef­cient,” and “How is the grading system fair for those taking the exam offline and those who would be writing reports instead?” To sum up, although the system has been improved after the revision, there are still tiny loopholes that are raising the concerns of the students.

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