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Hybrid Learning

  • How does Hybrid Learning work from a pedagogical standpoint?

    All students will be given access to AUA’s Learning Management System (LMS). The curriculum will have a mix of interactive large-group lectures and small-group learning sessions, offered by faculty through a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) delivery, which the students can access through the LMS.

    AUA has a digital anatomy lab, which will allow students access to an online library of prerecorded demos and lectures. AUA’s Education Enhancement Department (EED) will also support students remotely as needed. Introduction to Clinical Medicine labs will also be provided remotely and will involve increased simulation activities.

  • For the application-based learning/clinical/lab – how will these be modified to ensure students are still getting the best exposure needed to pass exams?

    For Med 1 Students, Anatomy lab will be provided in a virtual environment remotely. Introduction to Clinical Medicine labs will also be provided remotely and will involve some simulation activities.

    Exams will be conducted and proctored remotely. AUA’s exams are constructed using the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Computerized Assessment System (CAS). These exams are scored by the NBME and provide important feedback on how they will do on USMLE licensing examinations.

  • How will exams be conducted for Hybrid Learning?

    Exams will be conducted and proctored remotely. AUA’s exams are constructed using the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Computerized Assessment System (CAS). These exams are scored by the NBME and provide important feedback on how they will do on USMLE licensing examinations.

  • What kind of access will remote students have to faculty?

    Students will have the ability to contact their faculty by email and request a zoom or other video conferencing meeting.

  • What access will I have to AUA’s library during Hybrid Learning?

    All students, regardless of where they are Hybrid Learning, will have full access to our library’s extensive collection.

  • I’ve registered for the Global Health Track (GHT). When does it start, and how will instruction be administered?

    GHT students will begin the academic program on Jan 20, 2021 (for new students) and Jan 25, 2021 (continuing students), and Jan 6th, 2021 (BSIC intersession students) as originally scheduled. All didactic (ie, teaching-focused) components of GHT will be delivered. The more hands-on elements of GHT, such as field trips, will be conducted during subsequent academic periods.

On-Campus

  • What are the benefits of learning from campus?

    Though students may participate in learning from anywhere—including their own homes—they can also elect to travel to Antigua. There are several advantages to coming to Antigua:

    1. Access to Library, study areas
    2. Superior WIFI access in the campus (for learning and exams)
    3. In person attendance to some lectures, and possibly small group activities
    4. In person access to Advisors and faculty (as far as safety will allow)
    5. Gym access
    6. Campus milieu and student comradery
    7. Participation in activities at the same time as they are presented – Atlantic Time zone
      • Our students live in many different countries (11 time zones) and we cannot provide synchronous activities at convenient times in each time zone.
    8. Campus Student Health Center/Wellness activities
    9. Antigua weather
  • If I come to campus, what specific facilities will I have access to?

    AUA’s gymnasium, library, food court, study areas, and small group rooms are all available to students on campus. These areas are maintaining strict social distancing guidelines.

  • What should I do if I start showing COVID-19 symptoms in Antigua?

    If you start displaying symptoms, call the 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre at 268-462-6843. Medical staff answer calls at any time and can direct you to the appropriate resources. You can also contact the AUA Health Clinic via email at [email protected] for guidance.

  • Will COVID-19 testing be provided for students?

    All students that opt to continue their students on campus will be required to provide a certificate, that is no more than 7 days old prior to travel, showing they have tested negative for COVID-19. Secondary testing may be conducted on campus later in the academic period.

Admissions

Campus Life

  • Will campus remain open?

    The government of Antigua and Barbuda has granted permission for the campus to reopen with safety measures in place in order to facilitate Hybrid Learning. Access to other areas—including the gymnasium, library, and study areas—is maintaining strict social distancing guidelines. Students have fully transitioned to online coursework, and a curfew is in place. We may make other modifications to the academic programs based on how the pandemic develops. We expect these restrictions to be lifted sometime within the Spring 2021 semester.

  • Will social distancing be enforced on campus?

    Social distancing will be enforced and highly encouraged on the campus to ensure the safety of our students.

  • What precautions should all students take?

    We are encouraging all faculty, staff and students to adhere to CDC/WHO/PAHO and local public health precautions. This includes routine handwashing—no less than 20 seconds— physical and social distancing, and facemasks in public places, particularly when distancing is limited.

    For more information about COVID-19 precautions, please visit CDC/WHO’s official page.

  • Will single-unit housing be available?

    Yes, students can choose from a wide variety of options, including single-unit housing. However, AUA has a number of different housing options and not all are single occupancy.

  • Are there any delays in package shipments to or from Antigua?

    No, there have not been any delays in shipping.

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