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UC3M approves its hybrid teaching and learning model for academic year 2020/2021

Face-to-face classes will be combined with synchronous and interactive online classes


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has approved its new hybrid teaching and learning model for this coming academic year, in which it will combine in-person classes with synchronous and interactive online instruction, ensuring quality teaching and complying with health and safety measures.

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In the present situation for academic year 2020/21 the University has committed to maximum in-person instruction in line with the University’s philosophy. In addition, continuous assessment and small-sized group work will be enhanced, always adhering to requirements regarding occupancy, social distancing and other prevention measures.

In the undergraduate degree programs, each student will receive 50% of their class instruction in-person on campus, with the rest to be taught synchronously online in the scheduled real time, which will allow professor/student interaction. Furthermore, scheduling of the different subjects will be prepared to enable a shift to a 100% synchronous online model should a new suspension order be issued for in-person teaching and learning activity. 

Each subject, in general terms, will have two weekly sessions of 90-100 minutes: on one hand, lectures of mainly theoretical content, will be carried out synchronously online;while, on the other hand, in-person classroom sessions of a practical nature will be given with small-sized groups, respecting safety measures at all times. Some subjects could have additional lab sessions, which will be in face-to-face or remote format, depending on the subject matter. 

In some cases, small online groups will be created in addition to those with face-to-face instruction.These groups can be chosen during the enrollment process.New incoming students will receive training at the beginning of academic year on the use of the online learning applications employed at the University.

Graduate studies have been adapted to the face-to-face and hybrid model, according to the type of Master’s program, number of students, the presence of international students, and the specific program’s orientation (research, academic or professional).

This rescheduling of teaching and learning will at all times guarantee the health and safety of the university community and include different additional requirements, such as staggered class schedules to prevent crowding, sufficient class breaks for ventilating classrooms, measures to assure a safe distance, and obligatory use of masks on campus, among others. 

Further information: 

Face-to-face classes and synchronous online undergraduate classes webpage:

University Master’s programs webpage: