Our University has an eminently face-to-face teaching methodology, and its vocation is to continue this type of teaching in all Engineering Degrees that employ this manner of instruction.
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 to adapt teaching and for the implementation of safety and hygiene measures for the 2020/2021 academic year.
After taking into account the above-mentioned features, and while measures of physical distancing and restriction of the ability to meet in large groups due to reasons of health are in effect, the ICAI School of Engineering has chosen to teach, as a general norm, in a synchronous bi-modal format alternating with face-to-face physical attendance to classes.
This set-up will involve 50% physical face-to-face attendance – 50% synchronous “virtual” attendance, The one-half of a group that does not physically attend classes, will attend the same classes in a “virtual” on-line format.
First-year groups in all programs will have a greater physical face-to-face teaching format, with 75% physical face-to-face attendance, where students will alternate every other week, first with 100% of the entire group with physical face-to-face attendance in high-capacity classrooms, and alternate weeks of 50% physical face-to-face attendance.
In this manner, teaching activities will be carried out at the same time along with physical face-to-face presence, for the maximum number of students legally permitted to meet in classrooms under current regulations, and “virtually” with the rest of the students enrolled in the course, through synchronous re-transmission via video-conferences (using the social media platforms provided by Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams). To achieve this, a significant investment has been made in technology, in order to be at the forefront of this educational model, by installing cameras, microphones and software which will guarantee the maximum interaction with students who are connected by computer in a virtual on-line fashion.
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 which 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 School timetables can accommodate this.
In the event that the Health crisis requires entering into another period of lockdown, with suspension of physical face-to-face classroom teaching activities, courses 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).
The School has designed a detailed plan for the use of space for the 2020/2021 academic year to guarantee the prevention of COVID-19, and is following the Plan of Action to adapt teaching to the current situation, as well as the implementation of safety and hygiene measures. This plan guarantees the safe flow of students at ICAI, avoiding crowded spaces and guaranteeing safe distances (at entrances and exits, for movement within the building, for positioning of students in classrooms, for the use of common spaces, etc.) and is accompanied by a separate protocol for hygiene and the use of spaces, as well as preventive measures for monitoring Student Health. Class schedules have also been adjusted to facilitate compliance with this plan.
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.
Some students who are carrying out internships in degrees related to their curricula during the summer of 2020, before enrollment for the 2020/2021 course, will carry out these internships in the form of telework, in accordance with the conditions established by each institution. In all cases, the carrying out of external academic internships will require compliance with the preventive measures established at each collaborating organization.
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.