Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Facoltà di Economia

Wednesday 11 March

Good morning to you, after a first week of a complicated and challenging experience.

I would like to share an update on the upcoming decisions agreed with our Rector, the Academic Senate and the Coordinators of the Study Programmes.

Your and our expectations are high, very high and need a special and mutual capacity to ensure the quality of learning processes. 

I emphasise that each of us is the guarantor of each learning process within the specificity of the content of one' own course and each one of us knows what to do and, above all, how to do it.

Learning processes require that for each course there are precise indications on what needs to be done in order to deepen its contents and objectives. Each course has its own specific features, materials and methods of in-depth study. Hence, the different use of distance learning methods to give continuity to the courses, with various solicitations and tools.

For years we have had blended degree programmes with extensive use of e-learning platforms and virtual interactive activities. For some subjects, these are experiences suitable to the development of teaching, not necessarily for othermore technical and normative contents.

The essential points:

COURSES TAUGHT IN ITALIAN

For our courses, the teaching activity that begun three weeks ago continues through our Blackboard e-learning platform with asynchronous video lectures, additional materials, tutorials, assignments, self-assessment tests, webinars, live feedback, forums, reception of students via Skype, each according to his or her own experience, each one consistent with the content for which he or she is responsible. There will be synchronisation with the established programme and calendar (during class hours all the functional supports for the topic of the scheduled lecture will be available), to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning activities, and the interaction with students.

We chose to transform the week of intermediate tests (now cancelled) into a week dedicated to teaching.

The calendar for the summer exam session remains unchanged.

Undegraduate programmes’ graduation sessions (proclamation mode)

The undergraduate programme Examination Panels will be composed of three professors andwill meet on the dates already established and deliberated in the academic calendar (no postponements are foreseen) to define the final degree grade. The final grade will be sent via iCatt to each individual graduate. A "Graduation Day" will be scheduled when the contingent situation will be stabilised. 

Graduate programmes’ graduation session (individual discussion mode)

The Examination Panels of the graduate degrees will be composed of three professors (no longer five), will meet on the dates established by the academic calendar already determined (no postponements are foreseen) to discuss with each candidate the contents of the thesis work, in a remote video-conference mode. Collaboration and streaming are guaranteed. The final graduation grade will be defined as a standing session. The final grade will then be sent via iCatt to each individual graduate.

We are experimenting and producing original solutions and acquiring pedagogical skills that will further qualify the quality of our teaching.

We are keeping a high level of attention, by involving ourselves in the activities and motivating us to deepen our knowledge.

Thank you for all the support, understanding, problem-solving skills and entrepreneurship that you are putting at the disposal of the Faculty of Economics and the University.

Let's Look Ahead

 


Wednesday 4 March

Good morning to everyone, of a second week still suspended.

There is no lack of attention to what is happening in our cities and the situation is constantly evolving.
According to what we learned last Friday, the university institutions will remain closed until 9 March. We are learning a lot, all of us.
In the last, first week, which was not easy, we all took action to ensure the start of the teaching activities by relying on the skills acquired in the use of the Blackboard platform, the materials produced and made available, with lectures recorded in a-synchronous and uploaded on the course pages, forums and emails and other solutions. I praise the sense of responsibility, the entrepreneurship, your focus and  the professionalism of everyone.
Yesterday afternoon the working table between Rector, Deans and Administrative Management became active again to ensure continuity of operations and action and the implementation of realistic solutions, by analysing the resources, e-learning platforms and skills currently available. Each Faculty will find specific solutions on the basis of the characteristics of the training projects, the size and timing of the teaching.
This is the point for our Faculty. In agreement with the Areas and the Degree Programme Coordinators, having met the Student Representatives, having heard from ILAB and the Lessons & Exams offices, I would like to share with all of you this orientation, in a state of exceptionality, in order to guarantee as a whole Faculty of Economics the possibility of offering continuity and quality in teaching activity, at the quality standards that we are equipped to achieve and ensure.
The semester is divided into three parts: six weeks, a week dedicated to intermediate tests, another six weeks for the second part and the conclusion of the programme. In June, exams,  graduation sessions and the calls for applications for  graduate degrees begin.

Following is the scenario: we will consider the seventh week - usually dedicated to intermediate tests - as a week "of recovery" of the teaching activities, postponing the overall evaluations to  June and July.
What was anticipated last week remains, the fixed points:

  • the keeping and maintenance of the calendars of exams,  graduation sessions and the calls for applications for graduate degrees ;
  • programme contents are ensured (we avoid compromising courses’ objectives and the competence expected);
  • the maintenance of the value of the credits, - training credit, as a set of learning activities between in presence tuition, practical training, application, self-study - giving more importance to the study of texts and articles and material made available on the platform, for this particular period;
  • the use of the Blackboard e-learning platform as a means of communication and knowledge transfer where you can find the course programme, materials, articles, questions to be diagnosed and solved, tests and self-assessment methods, video lessons already produced and available, commented slides, a-synchronous recordings.

Each of us is a guarantor of the learning processes and characteristics of our own teaching and knows what and, above all, how to do it.
We keep our attention and motivation high for the deepening and development of knowledge.
Thank you for all the focus, understanding, application, problem-solving skills and entrepreneurship you are dedicating to your studies, your professors and lectures and our University.

Let's look ahead