Teaching continuity during lockdown
Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, Lille, Versailles, Nantes, Lyon... All Université Gustave Eiffel’s campuses have been closed since March 16. Whether you are studying for a bachelor's or master's degree, an engineering degree or a doctorate, you are confined to your home. Despite this period of crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, your course directors, academic secretariats and teachers are maintaining as much educational continuity as possible by following the timetable.
Zoom, Moodle, Discord, Slack, Blackboard, Claroline... Today, these online platforms as well as our digital libraries mean that the vast majority of our students can continue with their studies. At the end of March, 9,000 students were connected to the Moodle platform. Unfortunately, a minority cannot access it for various reasons, for example because they do not have the equipment, their internet connection is inadequate or because of organisational difficulties. Although the university has lent about 50 computers to students, post-lockdown adjustments will be necessary to mitigate the impact of this crisis on their learning. The course directors will prepare specific educational arrangements that will be tailored to the circumstances of each student experiencing difficulties. Additional rounds of lectures, oral examinations, and the teaching of basic principles will be organised in the second semester. Several solutions are being considered, and it will also be possible to apply them for parts of the syllabus that cannot be taught at a distance, such as practicals for example.
As soon as the first reports were received from Italy, our support teams and in particular the Centre for Pedagogical and Digital Innovation (CIPEN) began to take action. Almost a week before the official announcement of confinement, Université Gustave Eiffel purchased a professional licence for Zoom and prepared a "Practical Guide to Teaching at a Distance". This 58-page document gives guidance and describes best practice for teachers, particularly for running a virtual classroom and applying distance assessment methods. CIPEN also remains ready to help all teachers in this exceptional situation.
Covid-19: consequences and solutions for students in 5 points
Venceslas Biri, Université Gustave Eiffel's Vice-President for Courses.
"While some internships have been cancelled, most were scheduled to start at the end of March. These can be postponed and started later. If the contract is amended their internship may also continue beyond September 30. Exceptionally, we have also asked those in charge of training not to take into account the minimum duration of internships. Finally, in cases where an internship is impossible, it will be possible for the student to write a dissertation instead".
Examinations scheduled to take place before April 5 are being postponed and it is increasingly unlikely that personal attendance will be possible for later exams. We would therefore like to transform, as far as possible, the final examination papers into continuous assessment. In rarer cases, the online examination solution is also being considered”.
“Apprentices have been released to be available to their company. Nevertheless, we have asked the apprenticeship supervisors to free up as much time as possible for university work. We also decided not to systematically cancel all apprenticeships - or internships - that require personal attendance because some of them involve "key sectors”.
- Admissions and Competitive Examinations
"The whole university admission process has been put on line, so it should not present any difficulties, except for foreign students. Applications from Lycée students (Parcoursup) will be evaluated remotely. For the engineering schools, where entry is by competitive examination, the competitive examination procedures will be modified".
- International Mobility
"All mobility abroad for students and staff has been discontinued. The vast majority of French students abroad have returned home, as have foreign students living in France. The latter are however continuing their studies, assisted by the International Student Mobility Department”.