Students in Duke Kunshan’s master of engineering in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) program received the following information on email from Xin Li, director of the ECE program, on Feb. 1.
Starting on Feb. 24, we will begin online instruction for all ECE courses:
ECE 650K: Systems Programming and Engineering
ECE 651K: Software Engineering
ECE 580K: Introduction to Machine Learning
ECE 586K: Vector Space Methods with Applications
ECE 590K: Software Reliability
In the next few days, Tiffany Zhang will send you the new class schedules, as well as the office hours, for each course. As several instructors are now outside China and cannot return in the near future, we will revise the class schedules and office hours to accommodate the time difference.
- We will provide the required technical support, including both hardware and software, to guarantee an excellent learning experience for every student.
- The IT departments at DKU and Duke are investigating different software options. They will announce the recommended software for online instruction in a few days.
- We will further make sure that each student has a tablet with a writable screen/pen so that you can closely interact with the instructors and the instructional specialist during online lectures and/or office hours. You can also write your homework solutions on the tablet and upload solutions (PDF) to Sakai.
With all available technology innovations, we expect that online instruction will offer a highly enjoyable experience for each of you.
As the online classes will start Feb. 24, we have made the following plan to make up the missed lectures from Feb. 3 to 21 (except in ECE 590K):
- Spring Recess, March 9-13, will be cancelled and online courses will be offered during this week.
- Graduate Reading Days will be delayed. Online courses will be offered on April 27-30. Graduate Reading Days will be rescheduled to May 1-4. Final exams (if applicable) will be scheduled on May 5.
- Online courses will be scheduled on a few weekends to make up other missed classes. We will announce the detailed schedules later.
As ECE 590K is a seven-week course co-listed with the undergraduate program, it will follow the revised schedule of Session 3, which DKU will announce soon.
While online instruction is quite different from in-person classroom education, it is the best option to move forward in the following months for several reasons:
- All of you can stay in a safe place to continue your classes, instead of travelling domestically or internationally with possible exposure to the coronavirus.
- All of you have confirmed that you have access to high-speed internet.
- Online instruction may offer a completely different set of learning experiences you might enjoy.
If you are an ECE student and have any questions, contact Xin Li on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tiffany Zhang on email@example.com and we will get back to you ASAP. We are always here to help.