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SLIIT Helps Students adapt to New Normal

Understanding the importance of simulating a vibrant campus experience and peer-to-peer engagement despite Covid-19 challenges, SLIIT as Sri Lanka’s leading non-state university continues to successfully help students adapt to the new normal.
Due to the pandemic, the higher education environment has been evolving almost daily. For students about to embark on a new journey, it may appear strange getting used to the new reality and adjusting to the new normal.
Maximising its mission to help students excel in education, SLIIT has worked hard to remain on top of the curve. This was mainly due to speedily initiating the changes necessary. As a result, SLIIT was among the first education institutions to adopt online teaching during Covid-19, introducing an advanced digital platform working to flatten the curve.
Hence, all regular academic and pastoral-care activities were maintained online. Making the transition with confidence, SLIIT was able to deliver live lectures to students via its online platform ensuring students followed their normal learning process.
This ensured that despite being a period of uncertainty, SLIIT was able to create an impactful online environment for courses and derived dynamic ways to remain involved in broader activities. Students were supported and remained engaged in a positive manner. Also during Covid-19, SLIIT students across the island were provided effective remote support and able to view recorded lectures and live lectures also through their mobile devices.
Blended learning in the form of face-to-face teaching with online learning was used to ensure the safety of all students and staff. The main objective of this was also to maintain social distancing while maintaining other Covid -19 guidelines.
During the transition period and after Covid-19, a hybrid method was adopted to enhance the efficiency. SLIIT adopted this hybrid method for some subjects while maintaining social distancing to deliver practical lectures.
Additionally, all other precautions, including practicing social distancing protocols, increased cleaning and sanitisation of college facilities, limited in-person events and social gatherings, health monitoring and constantly reviewing ground operations are carried out regularly to meet the challenges of Covid-19.
Gearing to the new normal, SLIIT was also successful in organizing its first-ever virtual orientation program for First-Year students. This offered students a personal and engaging experience marking the first chapter in their new academic life.
Despite limitations, SLIIT remains confident that the designed activities will be able to convey its essence online and achieve success in engaging new students from the time they enter the university as new students.
As SLIIT prepared to welcome its new intakes in the coming months, the institution has made every effort to ensure that despite teaching in new classroom environments feature unique challenges.
While committed to ensuring the safety of the students, whether they continue learning in-person or online, personalised support is at hand by academic and non-academic experts to help and support students with their individual concerns.
For further information and details of SLIIT programs and new intake, contact 0117544801, email [email protected] or visit www.sliit.lk

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