Monday 4 May
It is slowly unfolding that sense of indeterminacy that has conditioned these two months and we can see signs of slow, gradual, prudent and disciplined opening to the world outside.
Thanks to your readiness and the commitment you are showing, we have been able to develop a significant, stimulating and engaging learning context by redefining the teaching methods completely.
Our university has just provided some indications about the activities that will be carried out by the end of July, and we have rapidly strengthened our technological resources and digital skills.
As appropriate in an evolving situation, we have proceeded one step at a time, in line with the institutional indications at regional and national level, of the Ministry of University and Research.
Now it is time to focus on completing the process of sedimenting our knowledge, skills and competence, teaching and forms of assessment, course by course.
These are the points of reference for good understanding and action.
Every professor is a guarantor ofthe learning process and the characteristics of his or her teaching. Each professor knows what and, above all, how to teach in line with the aims and objectives of his or her course, the teaching methods developed and the methods of assessment.
The frequency of the lectures given online corresponds to what was initially set out in the course programmes at the beginning of the semester.
- As scheduled at the beginning of the academic year, we confirm the exam and graduation sessions calendars of our 2020 summer session to guarantee certainty and definiteness in the planning of teaching and study activities. We have also found specific solutions for international courses taught in English.
- We are managing the issues concerning internships interrupted due to this health emergency in collaboration with the host institutions, as well as international exchanges that are closely linked to these programmes.
- We confirm the aims, contents and competence of our courses as declared and formalized in the syllabus programmes, available on each professor’s official page and published in the student guide.
- We confirm the value of ECTS credits, as a set of learning activities including online teaching, exercises, applications, individual study - giving greater weight to the study of texts, articles and teaching materials.
- We give continuity to the use of Blackboard as an e-learning platform for communication and knowledge transfer through the provision of materials, articles, problems to analyse and solve, tests and self-assessment methods, synchronous and a-synchronous video-lessons, live feedback and progress tests.
- Final tests will be carried out remotely through the different available technologies: oral tests through Microsoft Teams' technology, written tests through Blackboard with the support of proctoring and anti-plagiarism systems, mixed written and oral tests. This can guarantee a correct execution in safe conditions.
- Each professor will inform about the examination methods considered consistent with the aims of the teaching and the didactic path adopted during the semester and will simulate, as far as possible, the type of method chosen. This communication will be given using the web pages of each course.
- To sit the exams, it is necessary to use a PC (more stable than tablets or smartphones) with an updated operating system and browser (Firefox, Chrome or Safari), permanently connected to the Internet, equipped with minimal multimedia communication devices such as headphones with microphone and webcam.
The same applies to the exams as set and undertaken by everyone at the beginning of the academic year in the Code of Ethics of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore with particular emphasis on how to behave when participating in the life of the University. With reference to the course of evaluation the reference is art.35 "break rules governing the proper carrying out of any type of assessments or tests, including programme admission exams, competition examinations, competitions, examinations, assignments, reports, presentations, dissertations, teaching and research assessments." and further paragraphs.
Thank you for the way you are handling these exceptional moments.
It is time to experiment and prove the quality levels that we are able to achieve, step by step, day by day.
Let's look ahead, day by day
Wednesday 11 March
Good morning to you, this is the third week of a complex and interesting experience.
I would like to share my update on upcoming decisions with the Rector, Academic Senate and the Coordinators of the Courses of Study.
Our and your expectations are high, very high and require a particular and mutual ability to ensure the quality of the learning processes.
I strongly stress that each of us is the guarantee for learning processes within the specificity of the content of our own teaching and knows what and, above all, how to achieve this objective.
Every learning process requires that there are clear indications of what needs to be followed in order to deepen the contents and objectives of each course. Each course has its own specific features, materials and methods of in-depth study. Thus, the different use of distance learning methods to ensure the continuity of the teachings, through different inputs and tools.
For years we have had blended degree courses with an extensive use of e-learning platforms and virtual interactive modules. For some subjects, these are functional experiences for the development of teaching, not necessarily for other more technical and regulatory contents.
The essential points:
Tuition in ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The THIRD TERM of the Courses with international orientation will begin shortly.
In the THIRD TERM all courses will be delivered via online format until circumstances allow us to return to the normal ways of running the courses.
It is a matter of adopting, in this exceptional and transitory period, adequate teaching and producing additional material to the existing one to start with online lectures through the e-Learning Blackboard platform - I repeat, asynchronous video lectures, additional materials to the reference texts, drills, assignments, self-assessment tests, webinars, live feed-back, forums, reception of students via Skype, each one according to his/her own expertise, each one in coherence with the contents of which he/she is in charge. We plan assignments/projects during the course in order to orient and evaluate the knowledge acquired during the whole learning process and not only during the final and intermediate test. The spirit that characterizes these choices is to guarantee to all of you a quality learning of the specific contents of their teaching and the possibility to evaluate your own preparation.
The calendar of the THIRD TERM will generally be modified by renouncing the intermediate test week and the potential recovery week (scheduled at the end of the TERM) to create the availability of a two week period to be used for the recovery of the cancelled exams in these first two weeks of March.
In particular, for:
BACHELOR in ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT
March-April exam session is cancelled and all calls will be made at the end of the THIRD TERM lectures calendar.
We will anticipate the beginning of the THIRD TERM lectures by two weeks via online session (all courses will start online on March 23), they will continue without interruption (no intermediate test and no week of recovery).
In this way they will recover four weeks, matching the weeks cancelled in March to recover the entire exam session, before the beginning of the normal summer session.
Only for the student graduating of the April session (we have the names) we will activate on call direct mode of remote oral exams so as to complete the curriculum.
MASTER of SCIENCE: MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT, profile in DATA SCIENCE, profile in ECONOMICS, profile in ARTS MANAGEMENT.
TERM 3 will be managed according to the timetable of the educational calendar.
We do without the intermediate test week ( suggesting opportunities for self-checking of the preparation during the course) + we do without the possible recovery week (never used in the past, now available through online activities via Blackboard platform.) We do without the potential recovery week (never used in the past, now available through online activities via Blackboard platform).
We will finish the teaching activity two weeks in advance compared to the calendar established at the beginning of the academic year.
Those two week will be used to recover the calls of the two weeks cancelled in March-April session, before the start of the regular summer session.
As regards the March-April exams, here are the guidelines to be followed.
In general, the guiding principles are:
As far as possible, try to carry out as many online distance learning tests as possible. Here, the exam will be individual, in the form of an oral interview, with the presence of two teachers via Collaborate and recorded.
on the other hand, postpone the exams which, due to the number of students enrolled and the specificity of the content, are completely "incompatible" with the previous method and require a written test. the exams related to these teachings can be held: (a) first call ex-March\only call in the weeks following the early conclusion of the courses of the THIRD TERM, before the start of the regular summer session; (b) second call ex-March, in a possible week at the end of July at the end of the summer session.
Specific information will be sent in this regard.
These procedures will be used to manage the "queues" of exams related to the teachings of previous terms/years (which are expected to have limited numbers).
Thanks to all the students who are trying and testing, to those who are applying their computer skills, to the many - expert and social media-oriented- who are helping their colleagues to become familiar with these interesting solutions.
Bacherlor's graduation session (proclamation celebrations modalities)
Examination Panels will be made up of three professors and will meet on the dates established by the academic calendar already established and deliberated (no postponements are foreseen) to define the final 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 stabilized.
Master's Graduation Session (individual discussion mode)
The boards will be composed of three professors (no longer five), will meet on the dates set by the academic calendar already established and decided (there are no slippages) to discuss with each candidate the contents of the the thesis work, in a remote video conference mode. Collaborate modality and streaming is 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 innovative solutions and acquiring pedagogical skills that will further qualify the quality of our teaching.
We are keeping our attention, participation in the activities and our motivation for further study.
Thank you for all the focus, 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.
For programmes with an international vocation at the end of the second term, it is valid what was envisaged and agreed last week:
- there will be no postponement of the teaching calendar and of the exam and graduation calendars (a complex and difficult to achieve solution);
- we will use the Blackboard e-learning platform as a way of communication and knowledge transfer to communicate and make available materials, articles, written assignments and slides;
- consider the courses of the second term concluded and prepare for the exam session.
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 Credit, - 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,