Announcement on Transitioning to Distance Education

20 March 2020

Dear Students,

This is an update on the recent developments regarding the education activities that have been suspended until 6 April 2020 Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access all recent announcements at:

As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the library will be closed on the weekends and on the weekdays, it will be open between 10:00 – 13:00 only for book check-outs and returns. Previously announced 7/24 service will not be provided until further notice.

Due to the uncertainty of the events regarding the pandemic, the University is planning to resume its Spring Term courses on 6 April 2020 Monday via distance (online) education.

The basic planning for the transition to distance education involves the following:

1-) Distance education activities at our university will essentially be carried out through Moodle, Learning Management System (LMS), which we are currently using.

2-) In order to access Moodle, all our students must use their e-mail addresses with BOUN extension. Students who have not experienced Moodle before can access the system from BUIS website using their BOUN e-mail addresses.

3-) Zoom and Panopto will also be used as modules integrated with Moodle for live streams and recorded lectures. University has the needed licenses. Neither the students nor the lecturers need to buy any software.

4-) Classes will resume on April 6th, 2020. However, online training workshops will be organized for all our instructors and research assistants during the week of 23 March 2020. During these workshops, the instructors may ask their students to be part of their courses on Moodle for practice purposes. Please follow the messages sent to you carefully and contribute to the transition process.

5-) Changes in the course schedules and in the academic calendar will be announced following the Senate meeting that will be held during the week of 23 March 2020.

6-) A new announcement will be made in due time regarding the laboratories, internships and applied courses, which cannot be carried out via distance education.

We will keep you updated regarding the future developments. We thank you all for your patience and cooperation in this difficult time and wish you all healthy days ahead.