Coronavirus FAQ Phase 3 (September - December 2020) Bachelor and Master of Science students
1) How can I prepare for the start of the academic year?
2) How has the University been organised to protect the students’ health and safety?
The University will be able to reorganise the classrooms during the term, according to any changes in the regulations.
Each building will be assigned a maximum number of persons present (students, lecturers and administrative staff) in order to respect the regulations on social distancing. The numbers will take into account the days’ programme (see points 4 and 5).
Turnstiles will not be installed at the entrance to each building, in order to avoid crowding; access will simply be controlled by a traffic counter monitoring the number of persons entering and cameras equipped with heat sensors. Security staff will be present at all times.
Entrance and exit times will be staggered and routes within the university buildings and access to the classrooms will be varied in order to maintain social distancing.
Students who have completed their didactic activities in the university building and have no further appointments (e.g.: library, meetings with lecturers) are asked to leave promptly, so that other students who want to attend lessons can enter, in accordance with the maximum number of accesses.
3) How will the teaching activities be organised? Will I be able to follow the lessons, even if I am not physically present at the university?
Each classroom in the university will be equipped with auto-tracking cameras, so that the lecturer can decide whether to face the camera seated at the desk to film the whiteboard, or to speak while moving about the room.
Four online teaching scenarios have been defined:
Dual mode: the lecture is present in the classroom with some students in presence and others connected remotely. The lesson will be available in streaming and will be recorded and released on Blackboard after the lesson, for students who are not present.
Online interactive lecture: the lecturer will not be present in the classroom, but in accordance with the timetable, they will broadcast for all the students who use the virtual classroom platform. The lecture will be available as a video file on Blackboard after the lesson.
Talking head: the teacher records the lesson in advance and releases it in his/her Blackboard.
Voice-over presentation: the teacher creates audio content, slides with audio comment and/or podcast, and releases the material in his/her Blackboard course so that students can view and listen to it.
4) Who decides which type of lecture I will attend?
The distribution of the types of lecture during the year will be decided by the lecturer: some will choose a standard method of teaching for the academic year. Others have decided to concentrate their presence in the classroom in the first phase, with a gradual transfer to online teaching. Yet others will begin in the classroom, continuing online and returning to the classroom just before the examinations. Some courses will be held completely online.
5) How will the first term of the academic year 20/21 be organised?
6) How will the first phase of the term be organised?
Each group will be able to enter the university buildings only on the set days: they will therefore have access to the classroom lessons for that day and to all the university services: offices, library, etc. It will be necessary to book the university services.
For example, the group #1 will have access to the campus, to the classrooms and the university services on Monday September 7th, the start date for lessons. On Tuesday September 8th #2 will have access, Wednesday September 9th group #3 and so on, until the cycle starts again with group #1.
7) How will the second phase of the term be organised?
8) Where can I find information about my group and the timetable?
- start time for the lesson;
- end time for the lesson;
- method of teaching: if the lecturer will be in the classroom (mode #1) the name of the classroom will be given;
- in the other three cases (online courses) you will see ‘online lesson’.
Your timetable will also show how the lecturer has decided to organise the lessons for the entire academic year.
9) How will the study rooms be organised?
10) Will access to online material be guaranteed also thanks to the network infrastructures?
We would ask you to ensure that you have a suitable Internet connection and that your device(s) are operational. Should you have any technical problems during live streaming of lessons, don’t worry, the lesson will be recorded and you can watch it at a later date.