IE Grades to be Pass or Fail to adjust for Coronavirus crisis
Coronavirus has been critical for all sectors in the world. The pandemic has quite literally paused the dynamics of humanity as we know them, and education is far from being the exception.
Online, if not suspended sessions, have presented massive challenges to higher education students. IE, specifically, given its format and its value proposition, is hindered to deliver many of its benefits. Despite of technological features that enable video conferencing, going virtual whether it is in real time or by watching recordings (due to time zone restrictions), is clearly far from being the same quality as offered in ordinary circumstances.
Comparable universities worldwide have thus opted for a PASS or FAIL method, in order to ease students’ fears and stresses about the imminent threat that is the lack of learning resources. Given the rigor of the courses taken by students, it is impossible for academic performance to be equal with previous semesters due to the lack of access to face to face instruction, tutoring and student help options that are strictly found on campus.
Therefore, it is about right and fair to join other universities and adopt the Pass or Fail method, even if PARTIALLY OR TOTALLY - the first being leaving it up to students to decide, or only for some courses (the ones affected by tech issues, virtual adaptation, or time zones).