Remote and dual teaching
Ca' Foscari for the Coronavirus emergency
A.Y. 2020/2021 - Bachelor's and Master's degrees
- Teaching activities (lessons, language exercise classes, exams and graduation sessions) will take place only remotely, except for those pertaining to the first year of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, maintaining the same time schedule.
- Dual mode will still be available for lessons and language exercise classes aimed at Bachelor’s and Master’s first-year students, maintaining the same time schedule and location.
Reserving places/services and accessing the university
It will only be possible to book a place in class for the courses that are going to be conducted in-person.
In "Prenota il tuo posto a lezione" (Book your place for lessons), you can book your place in the classroom from one week before the start of the 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 for those who are without.
If you have any doubts, please refer to the MyUniVE guide and the FAQs on the booking system [ITA]. If you do not find the answer, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Booking criteria and access to the university
To allow everyone the opportunity to attend, the booking will take into account the following constraints:
- maximum number of bookings per premises: once the maximum attendance number for a premises (campus/building/classroom unit) has been reached, the application will not allow any more reservations for that day;
- maximum number of places in the classroom; there cannot be more students than the number of places available, which is about 50% of the total classroom capacity
- maximum number of hours that each student can book overall during the week
- maximum number of hours booked by the student for a single course in the semester or period
- maximum number of hours booked by the student for each course during the week
The booking system will update in real time to allow for the maximum attendance allowed, taking into account any numerical variation (number of students who have selected the course in their profile, cancelled bookings, possible recalculation of classroom capacity).
Access to all university premises (campus, complex or building) shall only be allowed for students wearing a mask and who have booked a place in one or more lessons at the university in one or more time slots during the day. Lesson attendance in all buildings shall be subject to booking for the classroom in which the lesson takes place.
The buildings, as well as the individual classrooms, shall be equipped with signs to ensure people move in the right direction and sit in the right place in the classroom. Students with a booking will be able to move freely within the premises, wearing a mask and observing the constraints indicated by the signs with particular reference to distancing measures. The useful capacity of spaces shall be calculated in order to guarantee the safety of movement in common areas.
Library services for Ca’ Foscari members can be booked through the Affluences app or the Affluences website. The reservation must be confirmed by the user via the link sent via e-mail.
Dual teaching tools
Dual teaching, described below, refers to teaching a lesson simultaneously to a class attending in person and a virtual class attending remotely. This shall be adopted for all the lessons of the first semester of the a.y. 2020/2021, including the in-person parts of blended courses (i.e. taught both online and in person).
Students connected remotely via videoconference will be able to interact both verbally and via chat with the teacher, following the classroom management rules that the teacher will establish for each course. Lessons are recorded (with the possible exception of practical language exercises led by language assistants (CELs) and made available on the Panopto platform for 7 days following the lesson.
Dual teaching criteria and guidelines
The safety restrictions mean that the University has to organise lessons with attendance below the capacity of the classrooms, adopting procedures that meet the following requirements:
- flexibility in defining the numbers (i.e. the useful capacity of the classrooms) in response to possible evolutions in the health situation and the consequent measures of social distancing;
- equal opportunities for all students in accessing lessons in person, even where this is possible only partially with respect to the total hours allocated for each course;
- use of distance learning for all students who find themselves unable to access the university due to logistical, health or economic difficulties.
Without prejudice to the principles of organisation of the lesson calendar, the following guidelines are thus reaffirmed:
- classroom saturation/capacity will be reduced to a percentage currently estimated at 50% of available places. This estimate is based on the preliminary indications of the Technical-Scientific Committee for Safety regarding the physical distance parameters, fixed at one metre (+/- 10%) from centre-seat to centre-seat. These parameters must be confirmed and harmonised based on any further indications defined at national and regional level;
- attendance to lessons must therefore be organised so that only part of the students can be present in the classroom through a booking system, while the remaining part of the students can follow the lesson via streaming during lessons using the Zoom videoconferencing platform;
- with regard to the mandatory nature of video recording, which does not apply to language exercises carried out by Foreign Language Assistants, the University has already obtained approval from the State District Attorney.
The technology equipment in the classrooms shall enable the best conditions both for attending lessons in person or remotely and for teaching.
Lessons will be of normal duration. It is possible that the start and end of the lessons held in adjoining classrooms may be spaced out by a few minutes in order to reduce possible crowding of the common areas when changing rooms.
The Educational Programmes and Student Services Area will take care of welcoming freshmen and enrolled students with face-to-face information and also with online training sessions on dual teaching methods and the booking system.
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, access the Zoom lesson calendar and view video lessons on Panopto.
Some courses are protected by an registration key, created and sent to students by the teacher.
Zoom is the videoconference environment connected to the Moodle course area, enabling students to participate remotely in the activities carried out in the classroom, group work, discussions and presentations. It can also be used as a videoconferencing environment in courses taught entirely online or blended courses (both in person and online).
You can manage your user profile and videoconferences at https://unive.zoom.us/signin [ITA] (log in with your unive credentials). For those who have not already done so, your Zoom user account is created automatically when you log in to the videoconference, using the Zoom event calendar for a course available on Moodle.
To participate in videoconferences, you must install the software for PCs and/or the app for mobile devices. Zoom is installed automatically on your device on first access, but you can also install it in advance to create personal events and perform technical tests. Active participation requires the use of microphone and camera.
- Teachers can also create additional passwords and waiting rooms.
- Users identified by Zoom as 'guests' did not log in using their unive credentials. This makes it impossible to know the identity of the participant, who may be refused admission.
- Videoconferences organized for purposes other than a lesson could use private invitation procedures, for example when the teacher uses Zoom for a welcome session. In these cases, you must use the Single Sign-On option to log in using the link sent via e-mail or directly from the software. Furthermore, the login interface may require you to enter the company domain unive.zoom.us.
Panopto is the video management environment connected to the Moodle area of each course: it is used to publish the video recordings of lessons (made available in the 7 days following the lesson) and in some cases to deliver assignments in video format .
Access to Panopto is restricted to students enrolled on University courses. Panopto creates a user account automatically for anyone who accesses a video resource on Panopto, made available in the Moodle area of each course.
The video access permissions vary for each course and are set by the teachers. Videos are optimized for streaming on demand. The standard configuration prohibits copying and downloading videos. In addition, each video can include additional features, such as the notes, which are displayed in the desired place during the video, creating a sort of personal index.
The courses that involve the delivery of video presentations and films produced by the students have an area dedicated to the production and delivery of videos in Panopto. In this case, students are authorized to use Panopto as video creators and also have access to online video recording and editing features, including subtitling.
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, entering 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: 26/11/2020