Planning of educational activities first semester a.y. 2020/21
Given that a more detailed premise for what choices the Faculty intends to make can be found in the document entitled “20-21 Teaching Guidelines SMFN”, I would like to underline here the principle that to maintain the quality of the teaching in our Faculty, which by reputation is very high, there must be a point where the experience of academic staff, which it is important to recognize a leverage, the health-related constraints which may need to be applied, and students’ needs and expectations need to be balanced.
With regard to the subdivision into four pillars, our Faculty has left it up to the individual professors/instructors to decide on their own teaching method, certain that their decisions will result in the highest quality of delivery. Although they are fully aware of the importance of physically attending courses, most professors/instructors will follow the methodology tried and tested in the semester just ended, using ‘talking heads’ (video-recorded lessons accessed asynchronously) or online interactive lectures, in some cases with the use of "Voice over presentation" mode. To these, however, weekly or twice-weekly "intensive meeting places" will be added with the aim of allowing for professor-student and student-student interaction. These "intensive meeting places" may take place both in dual mode and in remote synchronous connection.
Some classes will also be held in dual mode. The hope is that we will be able to have all attending student physically present on campus, so that interaction can be simplified, although classes will in any case be recorded. Issues such as classroom capacity, being able to reach the campus by public transport and other logistical constraints linked to the emergency situation will be critical.
Holding practical courses in the Physics field is a separate question. It is very important for students to be physically present for these courses (in compliance with the regulations), although it will always be possible to access them remotely should this be absolutely necessary.
How course exams will be held during the autumn exam session
Except for a couple of courses, the exams will take place remotely in the same way as for the semester just ended. The two exceptions regard courses for which there are few students with outstanding exams or which are expected to have very few enrolments for the exam dates in the next session.
How final exams will be held
Given the usual numbers of our Faculty, we expect to be able to hold final exams during the upcoming autu mn session with students being physically present. This will obviously entail strict limits to the number of accompanying family members and friends and all necessary measures will be implemented to guarantee the social distancing required by current regulations.