Remote, Hybrid and on campus
ITP was held entirely remote for the first two months, and the effects of the pandemic were visible throughout the summer. Our students had already been studying remotely for an entire year, which, combined with an intensive program, was inevitably reflected on student wellbeing. The ITP faculty took special care in providing the students with the best possible support and organizing get-togethers including outdoor picnics to keep spirits and motivation high. Organizing the program in these circumstances required a lot of creativity, patience and quick adaptation to sudden changes. This was paramount for not only our students, but faculty as well, who responded with flexibility to changing circumstances.
Luckily, in August as regulations were lifted, we were able to organize lectures on campus and shifted to a hybrid teaching model. Hybrid teaching meant the students were given the choice to attend lectures on campus or online. The remote implementation enabled some students to attend fully abroad from Canada, China, and Austria, as well as from other cities in Finland.
Nenad Jukic, one of our ISB professors, was invited to teach again in ITP from Loyola University in Chicago to provide students with the opportunity to attend lectures on campus. The amazing facilities and technical capabilities of the Aalto University campus enabled smooth and efficient hybrid teaching. 'It was amazing to see how well things can now be organized so not everybody needs to come physically to campus for one reason or another,' says ITP student Nea Kanerva.
Akina Ishiwatari attended the program and lectures from Victoria, Canada. 'Despite having a huge time difference of 10 hours, I absolutely enjoyed my fully remote ITP experience. The new skills set and unique perspectives I gained through this ITP are valuable,' Akina concludes.