How and when universities will reopen

How and when universities will reopen

The classrooms of the universities will reopen, starting from February 2021. Here are the rules to be respected in phases 2 and 3? The details

The lockdown did not stop education. At least the university one, according to what was declared by the Minister of University and Research, Gaetano Manfredi, in an interview with the weekly 7 of the Corriere della Sera , but for a real return to the classroom it will be necessary to wait for February 2021.

Until then the lessons will be carried out, for foreigners and off-site, remotely.

MANFREDI: ALL IN THE CLASSROOM FROM FEBRUARY 2021

Let's start from what now seems to be a certainty: the University will open its doors to all its students only from February 2021: “From autumn in what will be called phase 3 which will last until January 31, there will be didactic formulas mixed with lessons partially in the classroom but not for everyone. Out-of-school students, those who have difficulty reaching the university, foreigners will be able to follow lessons at a distance, "said Manfredi in the interview.

ROTATION STUDENTS

"Universities – continued Manfredi – will have to access the students on a rotating basis".

ONLINE LESSONS LIKE BY STUDENTS

Online lessons seem to have been appreciated, according to the owner of the University and Research. “Our monitoring shows that there were peaks of one million and two hundred thousand students a day who attended distance lessons: even for some courses, online attendance was higher than attendance. 70,000 students have graduated and a million exams have been taken, "the minister told Corriere .

A SOFTWARE NOT TO COPY

And speaking of exams, the Ministry is studying a way to find out if students can copy during the writing: “You can use software to check the person's behavior during the exam. The use of these tools, however, poses privacy problems that will have to be regulated ".

THE RULES UNTIL SEPTEMBER

Until the situation is restored in February, until 31 August 2020 the government asks the universities to guarantee access to the activities of individual students and freshmen, by quoting "access in the presence of administrative services, by limit only to strictly necessary activities, while maintaining, through digital systems, a level of service suitable for the functioning of the activities ", as per the Ministry note.

The universities will then have to minimize collective activities and, according to the ministry note, "the movement of long-distance commuters, guaranteeing them participation in telepresence activities".

THE RULES FROM SEPTEMBER TO 31 JANUARY 2021

In what is called phase 3, however, universities are required to "allow individual activities, that is, access to studies, offices and laboratories by individuals, with the possible presence in small groups by adopting security measures" and to decompress collective activities, allowing them only in the presence of adequate security measures.

The lessons will be held in presence only for some students. The universities are called to “limit the movement of long-distance commuters by continuing to

encourage their participation in telepresence activities "and" consider the difficult presence of international students, guaranteeing them participation in telepresence activities ".

THE PLANS OF WHICH UNIVERSITIES MUST PROVIDE

To guarantee lessons and safe services, Italian universities will have to adopt, as requested by the competent Ministry, of:

1. Blended didactic offer plan, that is to say it can be delivered both in presence and in telepresence, with synchronous and / or asynchronous modality;

2. Plan of access to spaces and use of individual protection devices, capable of guaranteeing the necessary safety levels;

3. Plan to strengthen the digital infrastructure of the universities, in terms of classroom equipment, network connectivity and internal organization;

4. Plan for complete dematerialisation of administrative procedures, through the enhancement of the digital systems in use

5. Technical-administrative staff training plan, to support the previous points.

UNIVERSITY: SERIAL NUMBERS DOWN

Meanwhile, universities are losing students. According to the Almalaurea Report, from 2003/04 to 2018/19 universities have lost over 37 thousand freshmen, with a contraction of 11.2%. In particular, according to the data, the drop in registrations is more pronounced in the southern areas (-23.6%), among technical and professional graduates and among those who come from less favored family backgrounds.


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/innovazione/come-e-quando-le-universita-riapriranno/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=come-e-quando-le-universita-riapriranno on Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:25:32 +0000.