Remote classes at English Studies in winter term 2020/21
- When and how the classes will be held
1.1. The classes are scheduled on particular days and times. Teachers have the right to expect students to be present for the classes on the platform where their classes are held.
1.2. Teachers organise their classes in the following forms:
- a) direct contact (videoconference);
- b) individual work with each student (regular assignment of tasks, feedback with individual remarks and recommendations sent to students);
- c) assigning tasks to groups of students (e.g. watching a pre-recorded presentation, reading and analysis of a text, online test);
1.3. Classes such as practical classes, conversation classes and proseminars are held in at least two of these forms, thanks to which teachers can monitor students’ attendance and also track their progress through the course curriculum on a regular basis.
1.4. Lectures can be held as videoconferences or pre-recorded (audio and/or video) presentations sent to students.
1.5. During videoconferences, students are obliged to use their microphones and actively participate in the classes. Using video cameras is recommended, at least when answering teacher’s questions or taking part in a discussion.
1.6. Our recommendation for students is: complete your assignments on a regular basis. It is best to do your tasks during the classes, as this will make your remote work during this term easier.
2.1. Regardless of the form of the classes, teachers will record students’ attendance in the classes or completion of the task assigned in a given week. Such records allow students to get a credit for attendance.
2.2. Absence from classes is understood as lack of contact with the student during a given week (absence from an online meeting or failure to send an assignment set for that week).
2.3. Teachers keep a record of the attendance of individual students in classes on an ongoing basis.
2.4. In the case of absence from more than two classes in a term, a student is obliged to submit a medical certificate.
2.5. If a student has missed more than two classes in a term, the teacher may, regardless of the reason for student’s absence, assign additional tasks to the student as a way to complete the entire course curriculum.
2.6. In the case of prolonged inability to attend classes due to technical reasons, the student is obliged to immediately notify the Head of the Institute of English Studies, who will devise an individual procedure to enable the student to complete and get a credit for all courses.
2.7. Teachers are not obliged to record the attendance at lectures. However, regular attendance at lectures is strongly recommended, and absence cannot be an excuse for difficulties in completing the curriculum and obtaining a credit.
3.1. A credit for each course shall be given according to the rules established by the teacher and communicated to students.
3.2 A credit is obtained on the basis of regular attendance at classes, individually assessed and timely completed tasks, and/or a final check (test).
- E-mail contact and online platforms for classes
4.1. Students are obliged to use the e-mail accounts set up by the University of Lodz.
4.2. Students can contact their teachers using e-mail addresses that are published on the website of the Institute of English Studies (these are usually email@example.com).
4.3. The University of Lodz recommends using Microsoft Teams or Moodle for online classes, but teachers can decide to hold their classes on other platforms. Depending on the content of study, classes can be held using more than one platform.
4.4. Each teacher should inform students at the beginning of the term which platforms will be used for the classes. However, in case of technical problems, this choice may change during the semester.
4.5. If it is necessary for a student to set up a free account in order to participate in the classes on the platform chosen by the teacher, the student is obliged to set up such an account. Due to personal data protection, the student may set up such an account by providing fictitious data, but s/he must inform the teacher about such fake data. In order to create such an account, the student can use a different e-mail address.
- Teachers’ office hours
5.1. An e-mail or a videoconference is a recommended form of meeting teachers for consultation, subject to prior appointment.
5.2. In exceptional situations, an appointment with a teacher can be made in the Faculty of Philology building, in line with the applicable OHS guidelines.