Update on Teaching and Learning for 20-21 academic year

Message from Chancellor Francesco Svelto

Dear Colleagues and Dear Students,


These last three months have taught us a lot about ourselves, for example the fact that we are not an online university, but much more. There could not have been a clearer occasion to ascertain how much the direct teacher-student exchange and the interpersonal relationship between students, possible only when physically present, are irreplaceable for not only educational but also human growth.

I reaffirm, with conviction, the desire to resume face-to-face classes in the next academic year, as soon as the conditions of health security allow it.

The uncertainty about the trend of the epidemic leads us, however, to provide online teaching with the purpose of being inclusive towards all students, especially those coming from another region, with difficulties regarding travel.

Therefore, the classes of the first semester of the next academic year will be delivered in a mixed form: both online and in person. We have already started to equip the classrooms for live streaming and recordings.

A working group has prepared the first indications on teaching for the new academic year, approved by the Senate last Monday, and will elaborate more detailed guidelines for the Didactic Councils. In any case, the contribution of each teacher to this project will be crucial.

There are two methods that the different degree courses can adopt independently: blended teaching in small classes and blended teaching in rotation.
In the first case, the single course will be divided into two parts. Some classes will be conducted remotely for the entire class. While for the remaining classes the students will be divided into smaller classes, each with a different teacher, so as to deepen the treatment of topics or carry out exercises (these classes will still be available online for those who cannot attend).

The rotation method, by contrast, allows students of the same course to alternate their presence in the classroom. For example, if the degree course chooses an alternation on a weekly basis and the class is divided into two subgroups, in the first week sub-group 1 will go to the classroom and sub-group 2 will follow remotely; and in the second week sub-group 2 will go to the classroom and sub-group 1 will follow remotely. This way, all students can have direct contact with the teacher and colleagues. Again, all lessons will be available online.

The number of small classes and sub-groups will be established with the aim of guaranteeing a minimum occupancy rate of the classrooms, respecting the regulations concerning physical distancing.

Kindest Regards,

Francesco Svelto
Chancellor of the University of Pavia

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