CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL | 14.04.20
#UNAVathome: a new scenario for teaching
The coronavirus pandemic led to the closure of the University campus, but academic activity has continued as planned at the University of Navarra.
For some time, the buildings on campus have been empty. The coronavirus pandemic led to their closure. But academic teaching continued by digital means. Since teaching moved online, over 8,500 students and 1,000 professors have met, interacted and shared their knowledge via their computers.
Through extraordinary effort on the part of the academic community, teaching moved to an online platform, an initiative led by the professors and students but carried out in conjunction with administrative personnel in all Schools and services. IT Services and the Quality and Innovation Unit made the tools required for online teaching available, and helped with teacher training and question and answer sessions.
Tools like the ADI Virtual Classroom, Blackboard, Google Meet, Zoom and Panopto had already been in common use among professors at the University of Navarra, but now they have become a standard resource in everyday activities, to help develop teaching materials and teach classes remotely in all subjects. Some classes are broadcast live through Google Meet or Zoom; other classes are recorded with Panopto; class notes and recommended reading lists are uploaded to ADI and/or distributed via forums or personal mentoring. The online subject is adapted in line with content-type and student profile. It should be noted that over 25% of the student population at the University is international, many of whom returned to their home countries before the lockdown.
In conjunction with the Schools and other services across the University, the Quality and Innovation Unit has been working against the clock over the last few weeks, including the days before the decision to suspend classes. Since then, they have prepared open access resources, which include tutorials, online sessions and other materials to support professors.
This work is ongoing. This academic year will finish with remote exams for undergraduate students, and professors are working with the tools and resources required for these final evaluations.
The greatest goal we have achieved is ensuring that teaching at the University of Navarra was not disrupted, not even for a minute