Saturday, January 29

University students return to idle classes in Alicante and Elche


University students from Alicante and Elche partially return to classrooms when covid remits
Rafa Arjones

The first day of returning to face-to-face classes, agreed by the rectors and the Councilor for Universities after the forced break of a month of exams and teaching preferably online as a consequence of the high level of contagion that the pandemic, did not translate into an excessive movement of students on the Elche and Alicante campuses.

The university students are, for the moment, remiss, and barely between 10% and 30% of the students enrolled in the classrooms were detected, according to the data provided by the deans and directors of centers to INFORMATION questions.

In some of the degrees taught by the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters yesterday at the University of Alicante three students among the twenty who could attend the classroom could be seen at their desks. The rest preferred to continue connecting online to maintain distance learning, although the teachers were present on the stage.

Face-to-face class, yesterday, at the Miguel Hernández University in Elche. | ANTONIO AMORÓS

In Right Around a third of the group of students is about one third who, for security reasons against COVID, can attend face-to-face classes on a daily basis. “They are distributed by weeks,” details the dean, Jaume Ferrer, but not all those who could exercise the option of face-to-face teaching either yesterday.

Something more movement was perceived in the faculties of Sciences, Education, Economics and Health Sciences, in the degrees of both Nursing and Human Nutrition and Dietetics. In no case more than 20 per classroom, but the more practical classes bring a greater number of students to the classrooms as detailed by the dean, José Manuel Hurtado, and also confirmed by the director of the Polytechnic School, Andrés Montoyo. «There is a greater presence of students in degrees such as Civil Engineering, Architecture or Robotics, because they learn by driving, touching or drawing, but in the more technological teachings such as Telecommunications or Computer Science there is less presence “, he explains.

Montoyo abounds that after the exam period of the second semester of the course and the obligation to limit the rest of February to online classes, almost half of the students have returned to 100% face-to-face teaching and the rest take turns taking the weeks that correspond to them. Remember that the Higher Polytechnic School was the first to have CO2 meters in all classrooms, as well as air purifiers against the virus.

Master’s degrees

Master’s courses were also resumed yesterday, with fewer incoming students, which does not subject them to face-to-face teaching shifts. The professor of Sociology Maria Elena Fabregat, who joined the master’s degree in Social Innovation and Dynamics of Change with his students after a month of online classes, highlights the plus provided by face-to-face teaching for quality teaching. “The dynamics of learning cannot be achieved online, it is easier due to human contact that brings emotions and has to do with the support of the group,” he stresses.

Teacher also in the grade of Primary Teacher for High Performance students highlights 100% attendance.

Virtual computers for each grade at UMH

The UMH has launched a new platform for Virtual Desks for Teaching. Students and teachers work on a virtual computer in the cloud from their own Identified Access. They have bought a computer infrastructure (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI) that deploys desktops from UDS Enterprise software. When connecting, the user accesses different types of desks, depending on the faculty or center that imparts the degree in question.

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