ISM students were given the advice to ‘stay at home’ in mid-March. This helps to stop coronavirus spreading and safeguard the health of everyone at ISM. The regular start of lectures has, therefore, been postponed until April 20. Within just a few days, ISM came up with a digital teaching concept that went live on March 20. It ensures that students do not miss a single lecture and can complete courses and sit exams as planned.

A team of digital experts helped put together the technical side of things and demonstrate how to move from conventional to interactive and inclusive digital teaching and learning. Students on part-time degree courses were the first to start with online lectures on March 20. The feedback: positive! Step by step, full-time, dual study and MBA (part-time) lectures are now also being put online. Students have been kept informed about which semesters and degree courses are online by the university administration and its regular newsletters featuring all the latest news and developments at the university. The ISM Intranet also provides students with an overview of information and a Q&A section.

Even though it is currently very quiet at the campuses, academic staff and the administration are actively dealing with matters raised by students and interested parties – by e-mail, telephone and chat. In addition to lectures, some events are also available online. Besides various workshops for prospective students, it will even be possible to take the admissions test online from April 6. Good news for school leavers: The admissions test can now be taken without having to present your school leaving certificate – the certificate can then be submitted later on before the start of the course.