Ca' Foscari and the Coronavirus emergency
Teaching and learning activities for January-February 2022
Urgent measures regarding the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic
The memorandum issued by MUR on 5 January 2022 regarding the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and the possibility of holding exam sessions and graduation sessions online (“Evoluzione del quadro epidemiologico - svolgimento con modalità a distanza delle prove, delle sedute di laurea e degli esami di profitto”) reads as follows:
“In consideration of the health risks related to the continued spread of COVID-19, the state of emergency initially declared by the Italian Cabinet on 31 January 2020 has been extended to 31 March 2022 (Decree-Law no. 221, 24 December 2021).
Because of this, and because of the recent worsening of the pandemic — notwithstanding the fact that “teaching and learning activities in universities are to be held primarily in person” according to Article 1, paragraph 1 of Decree-Law no. 111/2021, subsequently converted to Law no. 133/2021 — in January and February 2022 universities can organise their teaching and learning activities online whenever in-person activities are not possible. This includes exams and graduation sessions. The organisation of such activities must also respect the needs and requirements of students with disabilities and with specific learning impairments.”
In keeping with the memorandum, we communicate the following updates regarding the way teaching activities and exams will be held in January and February 2022, unless further changes in the pandemic situation require that other modifications be made.
For further information please read the FAQs about the organisation of teaching activites.
Starting in February 2022 and until further notice, the maximum capacity of classrooms is 50% and booking a seat is mandatory. All lessons will also be available via live streaming.
- In January and February 2022, written exams will be held in person, in compliance with the following safety measures:
- seating arrangements in classrooms must respect the social distance of at least one metre;
- everyone must wear an FFP2 (UNI EN 149: 2009) face mask;
- everyone must sanitise their hands and check their temperature upon entry, at the automatic checking stations or with assistance from university staff.
Students belonging to specific categories who for documented reasons are unable to take one or more written exams during the current exam session (10 January - 5 February 2022) will be allowed to take exams during an exam recovery session. Please see the attached document.
- In January and February 2022, oral exams will be held online.
- In January and February 2022, professors observing quarantine or self-isolation may be substituted by a colleague for in-person exams; alternatively, an online exam format may be adopted. When professors are ill, exams may be postponed, unless a colleague is available for substitution.
In January and February 2022, students who are supposed to take exams in person may take such exams online in the cases listed below. Online exams will be held in the same format as the corresponding in-person exams, insofar as it is technically possible.
- students subject to quarantine or isolation measures (due to their own SARS-CoV-2 positivity or to "close contact" with a positive person) for exams taking place starting from Monday 17/01, must send a request to the Campus of their study field ( firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org), specifying the following information: personal data, degree programme, title and date of the exam they wish to take online, professor in charge. Requests must not be sent to email@example.com any longer;
- students who cannot travel to Venice because they reside in an area that does not allow people to travel must refer to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- international students, i.e. students who possess a foreign qualification and are foreign citizens, and cannot travel (for updated information regarding the possibility of travelling to Italy from abroad, please refer to the Ministry of Health website) must contact email@example.com;
- students with disabilities recognized under art. 3 c.3 Law 104/92 must send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- frail/vulnerable students suffering from serious diseases or certified immunodepression who, due to the particularly high risk of infection (regardless of the current pandemic of SARS-CoV-2), must not attend classes on site (O.M. n. 134 of 09/10/2020). The condition of frailty is assessed and certified by the General Practitioner and the local Department of Prevention through a formal document to be sent to email@example.com.
Digital teaching tools and services
The following information regarding the teaching support tools for the 2021/2022 academic year from 1 September to 31 December 2021 is frequently updated. Check back regularly to stay in the loop.
Access to classrooms is regulated via online booking system, through the MyUnive app available in the Android and Apple [ITA] stores.
In "Prenota il tuo posto a lezione" (Book your place in class), you can book your place in the classroom from one week before the chosen lesson. Last minute bookings are also available and can be made from 16 hours before the start of the lesson.
Bookings will generate an access card with a QR CODE, which will also be sent by e-mail, to be shown at the entrance of the building, where thermal scanners and/or camera scanners will be used to measure students’ temperatures and face masks will be provided to those who don't have one.
Some specific and certified categories of students are entitled to dedicated services for the entire duration of their studies
Library services for Ca’ Foscari members can be booked through through EasyPlanning.
Digital teaching tools
Moodle is the e-learning platform used to access the resources, activities and events of each course. In fact, each course has a corresponding Moodle area, which can be used for remote activities and, during lessons in person, as a support tool for group work, individual exercises, tests and exams.
Access to Moodle [ITA] requires your unive login credentials. First access creates a user account, used to participate in the activities, receive the notices published on Moodle by the teachers and access the Zoom lesson calendar.
Some courses are protected by a registration key, created and sent to students by the teacher.
Zoom is the video conferencing platform linked to the Moodle teaching areas; it allows all participants to remotely attend class activities, group works, discussions and presentations. It can be used as a video conferencing platform for remote courses or blended ones as well (both online and in presence).
The user profile and the video conferencing settings can be managed by clicking on this link https://unive.zoom.us/signin [ITA] (unive credentials are needed for the access). For new users, the Zoom account is automatically created when the participant joins the video conference, by using the Zoom calendar related to a specific Moodle course.
To attend a video conference, the user should download and install the Zoom desktop app and/or the mobile app. Once downloaded, the Zoom installer starts automatically upon the first access; however, the user can also decide to install the app in advance to create personal events and run technical tests.
In case of problems of access to University meetings or, more specifically, online courses, please refer to these guidelines. To actively attend the meetings, the use of a microphone and camera is required.
Padlet is the environment for the production of individual or collective multimedia bulletin boards, used for personal projects or connected to the Moodle area of the courses. Padlet creates and collects videos, records screens, processes timelines and concept maps quickly and intuitively.
Padlet creates a user account automatically for anyone who accesses an activity on Padlet, made available in the Moodle area of each course. Access to Padlet requires your unive login credentials.
Permissions to access and edit the content vary on each Padlet board and are set by its creator. You can manage your user profile and personal Padlet projects at https://unive.padlet.org/auth/login [ITA], where you can create an account independently using the Log in with Google option and entering your unive email credentials.
Accessing your account or Padlet boards via the app on mobile devices requires you to switch to the unive login screen, using the link Backpack/Briefcase user? Login here and, on the next page, enter the domain unive.padlet.org before entering your credentials.
There is no need to install any software for PCs or mobile devices to take part in basic activities. However, advanced functions, such as video message recording and screen recording, may require you to install extensions in your browser.
Some browsers are not compatible with Padlet's advanced functions. We therefore recommend you install the app on mobile devices and use Google Chrome on PCs.
Kahoot is a virtual environment for guided independent study and participation in learning assessment quizzes. Some teachers use Kahoot during lessons held in person and online.
Normally, participation in activities prepared by teachers on Kahoot does not require you to create a specific account. To start, just enter the game pin provided by the teacher on the website https://kahoot.it or, on mobile devices, the app available to download at https://kahoot.com/home/mobile-app.
There are various Google services offered free of charge to students thanks to the agreement with the University, including in particular:
- Gmail, accessible from http://mail.stud.unive.it (after logging in, you can find the icon to access all the other Google apps in the top right of the window)
- Meet for managing video conferences and chats
- Docs, Forms, Sheets and Slides to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations, working in real time
- Drive to store and share documents
- Calendar to manage private and shared calendars
For more information, see the page Student e-mail and authentication system.
Students can sign up to use Office 365 Education for free, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note and other applications from Microsoft. Applications can also be used online and collaboratively.
To activate your account, follow the instructions on the page Microsoft Office 365 [ITA] in the students area.
Last update: 20/01/2022