Although it is not absolutely certain what will happen throughout the next academic year, if the situation continues as it is now, with current regulations still in place, the following main characteristics of the University academic school year are described as follows:
Our University has an eminently face-to-face teaching methodology, and its vocation is to continue this type of teaching in all University Degrees that employ this manner of instruction, that is, all except FIPE.
Along with the above, and given that we would like to guarantee the maximum safety for the entire University Community, we will follow the Plan of Action for the adaptation of teaching and for the implementation of safety and hygiene measures for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Taking into account the above-mentioned features, while measures of physical distancing and restriction of the ability to meet in large groups due to reasons of health are in effect, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has opted for teaching classes in two possible formats: a face-to-face physical attendance format (100% physical presence) and / or a synchronous bi-modal format (50% physical face-to-face presence – 50% synchronous “virtual” presence), the latter with an alternating and rotating face-to-face physical presence (one half of the group from each class will physically come the even weeks and the other half the odd weeks; the one-half of the group that does not physically attend class will attend the same class in a “virtual” fashion). In this manner, teaching activity will be carried out at the same time, with physical presence – the number of students physically permitted under current regulations for classroom occupancy -and “virtually”, with the rest of the students enrolled in the course, through synchronous re-transmission via video-conferences (using Collaborate or Teams Media). An important investment in technology continues to be made in order to remain at the forefront of this educational model, with the purchases of more cameras, microphones, software…
Implementation of exams under “Ordinary” and “Extraordinary” Calls to Sit for Exams will be face-to-face, and will follow the recommendations of Teaching Guides for courses. If, due to the current Health crisis, modifications are then required in the procedures and format for evaluation, they will be specified in an addendum to the Teaching Guide that may be consulted through the University Moodle Platform.
Those courses that have a smaller number of students enrolled (for example, elective courses), which comply with physical distancing measures with regard to the maximum capacity of our classrooms, may carry out their teaching entirely through physical face-to-face instruction, provided that organizational requirements, the logistics of classrooms and management of Faculty timetables can accommodate this.
In the event that students have face-to-face physically present classes and bi-modal synchronous courses on the same morning / afternoon, and are unable to return to their home to use their computer for courses taught in a non-face-to-face manner, spaces will be set up on the Cantoblanco Campus (to the greatest extent possible) so that they may follow their courses from the campus itself.
In the event that the Health crisis requires entering into another period of lockdown, with suspension of physical face-to-face classroom teaching activity, courses for Undergraduate / Bachelor´s Degrees will be taught entirely in an on-line teaching format, during which efforts will be made to prioritize “virtual”-synchronous classroom attendance. (All classes will be taught at the same time as with the previous format).
To guarantee the prevention of COVID-19, and following the Plan of Action to adapt teaching to the current situation, as well as the implementation of safety and hygiene measures for the 2020/2021 academic year, any regulations to be implemented which affect the use of facilities and buildings will be made public, as well as rules for the hours of occupancy, use of entrances and exits, routes to be taken for the flow of students, the use of the Dining Hall and Cafeteria, timetables…
Outgoing students in the Faculty whose exchange programs abroad have been cancelled by our partner Universities due to current application of governmental recommendations and current legislation, will continue to study and enroll for courses within their curricula in the Faculty. Those students who have not had their exchange cancelled, but where it takes place in a country where travel is not allowed, will be able to carry out their exchange, if the host university allows it, in an on-line format, either completely or temporarily, until they can travel physically to the host University.
In the same manner, incoming students who have not cancelled their period of exchange, but cannot travel to Spain, will be able to carry out their exchange either completely or temporarily on-line, until they can physically travel to our University.
Before the beginning of the academic year, further information will be provided to all members of the University Community. We ask that the maximum attention be paid to all channels of information, through regular consultation, including emails, apps and the general University web page, as well as the web pages for the School or Faculty and the information on the program in particular.