In the 2022/23 academic year the University of Trento returns to be an in-presence university that provides all learning activities face-to-face for all its students.
Exams and graduation sessions are held in the classrooms of the university's builidings. It should be reminded that the emergency phase, during which exceptional measures had been introduced, has ended.
The university wants to offer a qualitative teaching to all students, including non-attending students, aware that ensuring distance support will not decrease the number of attending students. They are moved by the motivation to stay with others, by the advantage of using the infrastructures and services of our sites, finding opportunities for social gatherings, as well as the experiences of learning participation.
Each lecturer will plan how best to give support to non-attending students, choosing the most appropriate methods taking into account the nature of the course, its content and personal attitude. In addition to lectures recordings (which might be useful for transmissive frontal lectures, but much more difficult to implement in lectures involving active student participation), the lecturer may, for example:
- make available teaching materials: slides of the lectures and/or handouts where the topics covered can be explored in depth, exercises to be carried out and sent to the lecturer; provide precise indications of the parts of the textbooks to be studied; indicate extra readings;
- plan distance meetings (in groups using Zoom) at least 3 times during the the course to get in touch with students, discuss with them any doubts and concerns, clarify some unclear theoretical aspects. This means setting up a direct contact that can also make use of Moodle, making students ask questions in the specific forum to which the lecturer replies in the scheduled remote contact times;
- organizing "peer tutoring," when possible in relation to the characteristics of the course, i.e., organizing groups of students to carry out distance activities (e.g., exercises, reading articles, organizing presentations), in which the student(s) not present in the classroom can also participate. In this way, non-attending student(s) will be able to carry out participatory and socially engaging activities even if he/she cannot attend.
In the Moodle community of his/her course the lecturer will make known any actions and methods he/she intends to put in place to involve non-attending students. Students are therefore invited to consult the Moodle community of their teaching activities by accessing the online environments from this link: https://webapps.unitn.it/gestionecorsi/