Amid lockdown and isolation measures, there has been a significant rise in technology and online learning platforms. Universities across the globe have now evolved digital platforms to ensure uninterrupted learning for their students. Given the trend, even Sommet Education has rolled out several online learning courses for hospitality students and enthusiasts.
Sommet Education through its hospitality management institutions Glion and Les Roches has developed virtual access to its campuses to enable students with uninterrupted access to education. The leading institute has rolled out online classes from March 17, 2020 and is making use of advanced technology to impart knowledge to hospitality students and enthusiasts.
A look at new-age learning courses offered by Sommet Education:
Online courses backed by Artificial Intelligence
Through their online distance learning program, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches are now conducting classes by making use of digital textbooks accessible 24/7, video conferences and online assessments. The academic content of 100 new videos is made available daily and until now, more than 2 000 videos have been created for students to access via Moodle, a Learning Management System. Online Q&A sessions for small groups are accessible several times a day to all students in various time zones, to support theoretical teaching.
Artificial Intelligence systems analysing user behaviour during the written exams have also been applied in the assessment processes to maintain a high level of control against plagiarism. Within this context, digital technology has been a mean to create a more horizontal method of teaching. This exercise has led to a daily student engagement rate of 95 per cent connecting to the system from 90 countries.
To enable students to make the most out of their remote learning period, both Les Roches and Glion students have been granted private access to join small group sessions coached by experts in Revenue Management, Hotel Valuation and Spa Management. For the additional two-week courses starting on 27th April 2020, almost 4 500 students already registered from 90 countries worldwide.
The courses “Hotel Market Analysis and Valuation”, “Hotel Revenue Management”, “Excellence in Spa Operations” and “Maximizing Spa Profitability: Financial Planning for Spa and Wellness Centers” are all designed to meet specific industry needs and will allow students to obtain 4 professional certificates in addition to their academic degree.
Sommet Education has created a new series of live online classes entitled “Leading Hospitality through Turbulent Times”. Through this series, the students will be given an understanding of how the Hospitality industry is being affected by the crisis while learning from experts on ways to face it in the most efficient way possible.
Besides, every week, till the end of June, senior faculty from Glion and Les Roches will be joined by expert guests from the worlds of hospitality, luxury, finance, academia and research. The sessions will be around three main topics: Global Trends & Economic and Financial Impact, Strategies & Tactics and Organizations, Leadership & Careers. Several experts will be sharing insights including Steve Hood, Senior Vice President of Research for hospitality data and analytics specialist STR; Robert Alter, Chairman Emeritus and Founder of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.; Michel Girardin, Economics Applied to Finance Professor at the University of Geneva; Chris Mumford, CEO Cervus Leadership.
Beyond Studies - Virtual Open Days
Under the leadership of Eric Wyttynck, Chief Information, Innovation & Digital Officer at Sommet Education, the potential of digital tools such as virtual reality, has been pushed by creating an immersive experience for students and families willing to visit the campus. “ At present, we are experimenting with the use of virtual reality as an alternative to School’s Open Days providing an immersive experience. The participants can visit the Swiss-based campuses virtually and engage with the faculty members or exchange among themselves,” says Eric Wyttynck.