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University of Alicante agrees to maintain teaching activity online for the rest of the academic year

This decision, published today, also agrees on assessing students online for June exams based on continuous assessment. For this purpose, a committee for curricular adjustment has been created to organise ad-hoc continuous assessment and June exams

 

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Alicante, Monday 6 April 2020

The University of Alicante has just published a conclusive decision establishing that all the academic activities at the UA will be taught online for the rest of the academic year.

This decision has been signed by the UA president, stating that students will be assessed based on continuous evaluation or using online resources for this purpose. To do so, a committee to adjust curricular content, ad-hoc continuous assessment and June exams has been created and assigned to the UA Governing Council. This committee is made up of the UA vice presidents for: Studies Planning and Training Actions (coordinator); Research and knowledge Transfer, Students and Employment, Campus Facilities and Technology, Quality Assurance and Educational Innovation, as well as the UA Data Protection Officer, the deans of six faculties and the Polytechnic School Director.

The new committee is responsible for drawing up a document with the general guidelines to establish the mechanisms to assess the student learning outcomes, internships and their undergraduate and master’s final projects. The instruments and assessment criteria for each subject will be specified and approved by the relevant authorities, by the faculties and the Polytechnic School, taking the particular context of each subject and degree programme into consideration. 

On 13 March, the UA adopted certain preventative public health measures and recommendations for the university community as a result of the situation, evolution and prospects of COVID-19. These measures included provisional online teaching as of 16 March 2020. The evolution of the situation has required a new extension of the state of emergency until 26 April, which means that a previous provisional decision has now become definitive for the remainder of the academic year. 

In view of the possible extension of the state of emergency and assuming that classroom-based attendance will not be possible, on 3 April, the Regional Ministry of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society and the Valencian universities presidents agreed to maintain all teaching activities online for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. In this sense, each university will develop the procedures required to adapt mechanisms in order to assess the student learning outcomes.

 

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