Simultaneous online activities in universities should have a maximum weight of 60% for bachelor’s, 60% for master’s and 65% for PhD for teaching learning, but about 2 times less in the case of practical activities, set quality standards for the use of electronic means in universities. The Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) has published these standards, as well as online weightings for each field and for each type of educational activity.
- Edupedu.ro reports that ARACIS has adopted these standards on Friday, August 5. Then the head of the foundation, Octavian Medellin Bonyoyo, said that the set of standards would be officially published and sent to interested institutions in a few days.
What they say “Quality standards in relation to the manner in which teaching, learning, research, practical applications and assessment activities are carried out 1, in the form of repetitive teaching, through the use of specific electronic communication and information technology resources and simultaneous“
The document states that “the design, development and implementation of activities take into account the principles of student-centered learning and teaching, the development of innovative learning resources, methods and environments, and the utilization of tools based on information technologies.”
According to him, “Students benefit from learning resources in an interactive digital form, available on a secure computer platform, but also from additional help from faculty, outside the university space, elements that greatly facilitate their academic journey and at the same time, to increase engagement In higher education. In order to take advantage of the opportunities offered by IT resources and platforms, students have at their disposal clear, step-by-step and accessible instructions, presented in the form of a guide.”
According to the standards, “the schedule for learning, teaching, applied and research activities, as well as assessments, must be available including on the IT platform used by the educational institution, and be laid out in such a way as to allow the sequential development of simultaneous “face-to-face” activities both in the university space or Out of this space, in online format (…).”
Obligations of higher education institutions:
- To ensure that all students have access to the technical means and information technology necessary to access information technology platforms and digital resources free and correctly and can carry out all learning, teaching, research or application activities included in the education plan in good conditions;
- To make extension services, courses or seminars available to students designed to support and prepare them to develop self-regulating learning skills;
- To provide technical support to students from specialized personnel, help desk assistance, etc .;
- To develop and implement procedures and create support materials for educational and research activities conducted online, dealing with issues related to behavior or harassment in the online environment, plagiarism, data fabrication, and intellectual property rights.
The document also states that “teachers who carry out activities in an online format participate in continuous training programs for the development of digital skills, and in connection with innovative pedagogical approaches with the help of technology, organized or supported by the university.”
specific educational aspects
“During the online teaching activities, both teachers and students will keep the video cameras openin order to facilitate communication”, says ARACIS Standards.
The document also says that “learning resources are diverse, accessible, and enriched in terms of how the contents are handled as well as in terms of presentation, being available to students, at any time, on computer platforms.”
types of learning resources Mentioned in a non-exhaustive list:
- “Pre-recorded video courses, digital lecture notes, audio/video files, digital access bibliography, selected databases, online documentation facilities, simulations, open educational resources (ORE), etc.”
The standards also state that “course development and lecturing must take place in pInteractively, the contents should be presented in a logical and intuitive way, organized into sequential units of study, is easy for students to manage, with intended learning outcomes defined, including clear instructions about what to expect to complete, when, how and in what order. Navigation in the content of study materials should be logical and intuitive. “
It is also appreciated that “Study materials can include online resources (videos, recorded courses, interactive assignments, links to other digital resources, etc.), with the aim of training students to actively participate in various types of learning activities.”
- The rule established by the emergency decree, according to which “eAssessment exams along the way, as well as studies completion exams, are held exclusively in the university space‘, but it was determined that ‘it is possible to use technology-assisted assessment methods’.
Information and Communication Technology
Information and communication technologies that can be used, according to the ARACIS document, include:
- IT devices (computers, tablets, video conferencing equipment and tools, multimedia equipment);
- broadband internet access;
- Specific digital resources (virtual library, including access to databases from off-campus computers, radio/TV channel, cloud, dedicated website, and open educational resources);
- Computer platforms that are configured according to the specifics of the study program, and can be accessed from different devices and operating systems;
- Connection requests on different devices are specific to the activities included in the study programs or that allow them to be managed.
The document notes the need to secure access to IT platforms: this, as well as communication with students and doctoral students “is done in a secure manner, using the institutions’ email addresses”.
Maximum weights for teaching, learning, research and practical applications in a synchronized online format
Availability of the public document Limited set of maximum weights Courses of study and types of activity.
For each field separately, there is a separate documentWhich includes the maximum weights for theoretical and practical activities.
According to the document, “These values are determined by reference to the total hours included in the education plan for teaching and learning activities, respectively, practical and research applications, but it is recommended that weight be maintained at the level of each discipline.”
The standards specify that “laboratory or similar practical applications will normally be carried out in a “face-to-face” format in the university space. As an exception, practical applications, the publication of which on specific platforms or the use of specific computer programs improve the quality of the learning-teaching process, can be implemented in an online format. “.
Faculty members suggest the appropriate way to carry out academic activities, following an analysis based on criteria such as: the specific learning needs of students and the best way in which they can be achieved, the intended learning outcomes, the content covered and the extent to which they can be addressed online, the advantages that technology provides to increase the quality of the learning processes or teaching or research, as well as available to all students,” as stated in the quoted material.
“Syllabuses and course papers specify the number of hours of online activities and are communicated to students at the beginning of the academic year through publication including on the computer platform used. Discipline papers also refer to activities to be conducted online,” the document states.
Interview approved standards for online teaching in universities. In online courses, students will have open rooms, technology can be used for assessments, which must be done face to face / In a bachelor course, up to 50% of courses and 25% of practical activities can be online – Madalin Buñoyo, Arace
From the fall, universities will be able to organize online courses / The government has approved an emergency law codifying this
It won’t be checked how universities will teach online in the fall, after the decree that will legalize online courses is approved, says Soren Combino: ARACIS will not “make checks at every university, because it is not possible”, but “we are investing in trust” “
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