According to the new regulation from the Czech government, the exemption from the prohibition of in-person participation in teaching only applies to medical faculties. Therefore, from Monday 12 October, until 25 October 2020 all teaching must take place remotely.
Teachers of classes exempted based on the previous regulation must inform students how the teaching will be organised during this period of tighter measures.
Additional information on the implementation of remote learning based on the suggestions of the departments
Updated guidelines for the organization of studies in winter semester 2020/2021 according to the regulation of the Hygienic Station of the City of Prague No. 12/2020, which prohibits the in-person participation of students in university teaching with effect from 21 September, 2020.
Courses planned for the winter semester must be prepared for distance learning.
According to the above regulation, the prohibition of physical presence does not apply to laboratory, experimental or artistic work when a maximum of 15 persons is present and clinical and practical teaching and practice (for more, see the information from 18 September).
Courses that cannot be transferred to distance learning and at the same time are not exempted from the regulation on the prohibition of in-person teaching, will be discussed individually with the heads of the departments.
Organizational rules of study from 1 October, 2020
Faculty of Arts, Charles University will start teaching in the academic year 2020/2021 in a hybrid form. Primarily, standard in-person teaching will take place. In justified cases, which are described below, it will be possible to start teaching remotely, or changing formats during the semester.
Instructions for the implementation of full-time teaching
Students and teachers are required to comply with all hygiene measures in accordance with government regulations. The information is continuously updated at https://koronavirus.ff.cuni.cz/.
In the case of quarantine of the teacher and/or a significant number of students, it is possible to repeatedly change the format of teaching from in-person to distance and vice versa during the semester. Students must be informed about these changes in a timely and proper manner by e-mail or other pre-arranged form.
The teacher will allow students who have found themselves in quarantine, or for other relevant reasons cannot attend classes (eg foreign students), to continue study with the use of alternative forms, eg connection to classes via one of the electronic platforms. Teachers and students are obliged to stay in touch with each other. According to the instructions of the teacher, students may complete alternative assignments.
Neither teachers nor students have to present a medical certificate after the quarantine/illness has ended. They will follow the instructions of the hygiene station and the general practitioner. We appeal to the personal responsibility of all members of the academic community to stay at home in the event of symptoms of respiratory disease and thus prevent the possible spread of the disease.
We recommend carrying out any internships and excursions planned according to the study plan as soon as possible. Furthermore, it is necessary to consider
1) their possible shift during the academic year, or holidays, if the epidemic situation would prevent their implementation according to plan,
2) the possibility of alternatives, where possible.
Especially for subjects intended for first-year students, we recommend, with regard to their adaptation to the new environment, the start of in-person teaching. Alternatively, it is possible to organize at least a one-time introductory meeting within the department.
Recommendations for the preparation of syllabi
All syllabi of subjects taught in WS 2020/2021 should take into account the possibility of transition to distance learning. The aim is to be prepared for a possible transition to complete distance learning during the semester. The modification of the syllabus must be completed and posted before SIS (information system) is opened for registrationof subjects.
The syllabus must clearly formulate the requirements for meeting the completion of the course in the case of in-person and distance learning. Both forms of teaching and completion must have similar study load and workload for students.
For this semester, we do not recommend requiring attendance as a condition of course completion. Excused absences, with some exceptions, cannot be based on a medical certificate.
Initiation and implementation of distance learning
In justified cases, teaching in WS 2020/2021 can be launched and implemented in a completely remote format. After approval by the head of the department (základní součásti ZS) in cooperation with the guarantor of the study program, the Dean may be asked to convert the subject into a distance format. The request should be submitted to the Dean by the Head of the department through the Vice-Dean for Studies by 23 September 2020 (detailed information will be received by the head of the ZS.)
It is possible to request distance learning especially in the following cases:
1. “Large subjects” – A subject with large capacity of students, where, due to the spatial possibilities of the faculty, it is not possible to provide a classroom guaranteeing compliance with hygienic rules and at the same time it is not possible to divide students into parallel groups for capacity reasons.
2. “Health risks” – A subject taught by a teacher who belongs to one of the high-risk groups and for operational/professional or other reasons it is not possible to ensure his/her replacement by another colleague.
3. “Foreign students” – A subject in which the participation of a significant number of students who will not be able to attend full-time teaching can reasonably be expected. The assessment of a significant number of students is in the competence of the head of the department in cooperation with the program guarantor.
In case the subject must be taught in several parallel blocks, it is possible to request a fully remote format for one of them and conduct the other one in person.
The schedule of applications is set so that before the opening of the studying system (SIS) for the registration of subjects, it is clear to the students in what format of the subject they enrol.
Distance learning must include elements of direct contact with students through one of the electronic platforms. It is not possible to implement teaching only by sending materials for self-study. If possible, the teaching times indicated in the full-time teaching schedule should be followed.
As of now, Charles University will start teaching in person, unless otherwise stated. However, we are aware of the deteriorating epidemic situation and, in justified cases, we would like to enable the possibility of distance teaching from the start. This option will apply to the following situations: