Oxford Saïd Executive MBA students returned to campus in August, the first students in the University of Oxford to begin face-to-face teaching after lockdown.
The first sessions at Egrove Park were hybrid classes, combining participants in the room with students participating through remote conferencing technology.
The team delivering executive degrees has shifted to a new timetable, including working at evenings and weekends to accommodate world time zones.
Bettina Kosiel, executive MBA director, said: 'Our faculty has done a great job of adapting and being flexible, adapting content and delivery to the new circumstances, enhancing and adding digital material and working on new ways of engaging students in a complex setting.'
The Egrove Park centre has been adapted with a temperature check and screens at reception, desks arranged two metres apart in classrooms, and a one-way system around the building.
Associate Fellow John Burrows, teaching the negotiations elective, said: 'Taking a class via Zoom, especially one with an experiential aspect such as a class in negotiations becomes a real opportunity to develop important skills that complement and in some ways go beyond those that are learned in a face-to-face classroom.'
A University wide campaign was launched today to ensure that students protect their community, vulnerable people and themselves by adhering to social distancing guidelines; washing hands; wearing face coverings; reporting COVID-19 symptoms; self-isolating when asked and participating in contact tracing and testing.
EMBA student Sasha Collington said: 'I’ve actually been impressed with the way that everything has been run this week, from the way the meals were structured to the seating arrangements. It made me feel very safe and like it was possible to come back.
'Coming back to in-person, it really has boosted my motivation a lot - being in the room and to see everybody and to feel that life can still continue.'