Intensive and comprehensive efforts are being made to identify the opportunities for teaching all students physically on campus in the autumn semester. A great deal, however, will be taught online to ensure that not too many students are on campus at the same time.
“Our two main challenges are to facilitate collision-free lectures and to ensure that all students can have sessions physically on campus”, says Rector Sunniva Whittaker.
Collision-free in this context means that schedules must work out for our students and that time is allowed to clean between lessons to ensure good infection prevention – and to make sure that common areas, such as Gata and Vilhelm Krag’s hall (‘Vrimlehallen’), are never crowded.
The room capacity is significantly reduced due to the one metre rule. In addition to the one metre rule, other infection prevention measures must be followed – see UiA’s transmission prevention guide.
An example of reduced capacity is Henrik Ibsen’s lecture hall (B1 018) on Campus Kristiansand which has 418 seats but now only seats 110.
“We will have to live with coronavirus restrictions for a long time. Now we have to adjust the framework conditions to be able to give the students good education, and to enable all of you who are teaching to plan for the autumn”, says University Director Seunn Smith-Tønnessen.
More information and guidelines around planning the autumn’s teaching will be made available as soon as possible next week. There will be dialogue between the faculties and the Division of Student and Academic Affairs in the further planning process, within the overall framework laid down by the crisis management team.
We must also prepare for suddenly going entirely online again should there be a second wave of coronavirus cases which would force us to limit contact or ultimately shut down campus again. There are many theories about when a second peak of infection will arrive.
We must ensure we are as well prepared as possible.
UiA has two main priorities in all the planning: