New teaching plan for iMEP | Duke Kunshan University

New teaching plan for iMEP

Students in Duke Kunshan’s international master of environmental policy (iMEP) program received the following information on email from Junjie Zhang, director of the iMEP program, on Feb. 1.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, DKU’s campus will not reopen until Feb. 24 at the earliest.

As a result, the iMEP program will have to reschedule at least three weeks of classes. Since each iMEP course is different in nature, we plan to take a hybrid approach to teaching.

We will use WebEx to create synchronous online courses. In cases with slow internet access, we will adopt an asynchronous approach by video or record the courses and distribute online. For the sessions that were originally designed to be taught onsite, we will use spring break (March 9-13) and Fridays from Feb. 24 onward to make up for these classes. If the entire spring semester is later cancelled, all classes will be taught online.

Online teaching will start on Feb. 3 at the regularly meeting time unless rescheduled by individual instructors. The instructors will revise the syllabi accordingly to reflect the new academic calendar, methods of teaching, and assessment and grading. Individual instructors will provide the new syllabi by Feb. 10.

 

Below is the plan for each course:

* required courses for first-year students
** required courses for second-year students

Master’s Project II (Coraline Goron)**

MP II will stick to the original schedule.

The introductory session on quantitative methods (Feb. 6) and qualitative methods (Feb. 13) will be recorded on video; the readings will be distributed, and Q&A sessions will be organized.

As originally planned, the Feb. 20 class will involve individual meetings with the MP II Instructors and small group work. These will take place online.

If the DKU campus remains closed after Feb. 24, we will arrange the following classes and group work sessions via video recording and online discussions.

The “shut-up-and-write” sessions will be coordinated remotely via WeChat for those students who want to attend until we have access to the DKU campus.

Students need to follow the initial assignment schedule, which we have slightly adjusted to reflect the cancellation of spring break. Please note that students must schedule their first (online) meeting with their adviser and submit the report for this meeting by Feb. 10. It is recommended that, during this meeting, students work out a completion calendar with their advisers.

Students are strongly encouraged to expedite their master’s projects during the class moratorium.

 

Kick-Start MP class (Coraline Goron)*

The Kick-Start MP sessions will be taught according to the originally scheduled date.

The session scheduled on Feb. 5 will be taught remotely.

The schedule for finding a topic and supervisor will remain unchanged.

 

Nature Resources Management – Field Trip (Binbin Li)

The field trip to Sichuan province will take place in late spring.

If travel is still restricted by late April, we will consider a local field trip or other plans.

If the spring semester is cancelled, the field trip will be rescheduled to the summer.

The students may also request using an independent study report to substitute for the field trip, subject to the approval of the instructor.

 

Environmental Sciences (Binbin Li)*

The instructor will create a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online-connected courses.

Every lecture will be video recorded.

Students are required to read materials and watch instruction videos.

Discussion sessions will be organized online using the Sakai forum.

Discussion leaders will prepare questions to lead the online discussion. Participation in the online discussion will be evaluated similar to classroom discussion.

Student presentations will be made up on Fridays after the campus reopens.

If the spring semester is cancelled, all of these sessions will be held online.

 

Environmental GIS (Binbin Li)

The instructor will create a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online-connected courses.

Every lecture will be video recorded.

Students are required to read materials and watch instruction videos.

Students will finish the lab and assignment on their own.

Q&A will be organized online, and weekly lab and assignment will be submitted through Sakai.

For the lab sessions, a server of GIS with remote access will be provided.

The computer time will be assigned to students who cannot access GIS at home.

Some sessions will be made up in the spring break and Fridays after the campus reopens.

If the spring semester is cancelled, all of these sessions will be held online.

 

Environmental Policy Process (Kathinka Furst)*

Environmental Law, Governance and Regulation (Kathinka Furst)**

The instructor will create a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online-connected courses.

Some lectures will be video recorded.

Students are required to read materials and submit blogs on Sakai, as originally scheduled, and watch instruction videos.

Discussion session will be organized online using the Sakai forum after the instruction video.

Q&A and classroom discussions will be organized online.

The classroom simulation will be made up in the spring break and Fridays, pending the reopening date of the DKU campus.

If the spring semester is cancelled, the simulation sessions will be held online.

 

Environmental Economics Policy Practicum (Patrick Ward)*

The instructor will create a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online-connected courses.

Some lectures will be video recorded.

Students are required to read materials for each class session and watch instruction videos.

For client-based projects, students will be required to arrange conference calls with their clients on the same frequency with which in-person meetings had previously been decided.

For sessions in which students give presentations, synchronous remote sessions will be arranged.

Q&A and discussion sessions will be organized online.

 

Environmental Economics II (Patrick Ward)

The instructor will create a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online-connected courses.

Every lecture will be video recorded.

Students are required to reach the required readings and submit PowerPoint slides (5) summarizing the reading(s) prior to each session.

Students are then required to watch the instruction videos.

For class sessions in which students give presentations, synchronous remote sessions will be arranged.

Q&A and discussion sessions will be organized online.

 

Planetary Health (John Ji)

This class will be changed into a flipped classroom format.

The instructor will send online videos and reading materials, as well as video record some lectures.

Students are required to read materials and watch instruction videos.

Some items related to global health and epidemic controls in the syllabus will be moved up to more recent classes to be helpful to the students in understanding the current events.

Students will still have to do news presentations. For this, the instructor will ask students to record a video and engage in discussions online.

For in-class debate, students will be divided into two groups and will be given more time to work together online and prepare rebuttals.

The case study writing will not be affected, as it is individual work.

 

Independent Study

Independent Study will stick to the original schedule.

The students should contact their advisers to schedule regular virtual meetings.

 

The iMEP team will provide full technical support for the spring semester. For students with questions on the iMEP program, contact Junjie Zhang on junjie.zhang@duke.edu or Guozhen Shen on guozhen.shen1@dukekunshan.edu.cn.