Given these times, many universities are having classes and exams online. There are several loopholes and drawbacks to this system, especially if trying to replicate the traditional system. For example, in my undergrad, we have non-proctored exams with endless possibilities of academic dishonesties and/or penalties due to something not as harsh; depending on courses and their instructors. Many other external factors might also arise. At our univ, we also have an option to choose up to a couple of courses to be marked pass/fail rather than be graded on a scale due to the negative uncertainties the online semester might bring badly affecting overall GPA.
My questions here are:
- Will these times change how recent grades are looked upon traditionally in research roles/other positions in short term?
- How will the courses that are not graded look like to someone? Especially if it's a core course.
I study in India, but students from my university apply for research interns (my short term interest which will determine my long term interests too) in European countries and the USA in general. If I'm disappointed/I fail, I'll probably run away to company internships, but I think that they don't care much, academia does.