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Education in times of corona

Yes, education will continue to take place according to the current schedule and planning. Lectures, providing education and guidance to students, including graduation sessions, regardless of whether these take place at school or at an external location will continue to take place. 

In order to ensure the safest possible environment, we ask everyone to visit the school locations for as short a time as possible. Only come to school just before class and go home right after class. We currently do not recommend studying at one of our locations. Please do so at home as much as possible.

Please read the added section to the student handbook about Covid-19.

Education continues as usual in these times. Partly online, partly in small groups with classmates and teachers at one of our locations. Contact with teachers and classmates is guaranteed because you see and speak to each other online and work on projects in small groups on location. Each student has a study career coach to whom you can always turn with questions. When visiting a location, your and everyone's safety is most important, which is why we have taken the necessary measures everywhere. You can find more about this under the heading 'On location: measures and facilities'. It is important to us that you feel comfortable. Student Sam shows you a little of our current education.

All our buildings are open again from September 2020. Earlier we also communicated that because of the 1.5 metre measure we can use on average about 40% of our normal capacity in the buildings. So most education will still take place online. For this reason, after consultation with the deans, scheduling staff and the central participation bodies, we have decided to divide the locations and rooms into clusters for the new academic year. Institutes, service departments and research centres will make joint use of one cluster of locations. In this way, students and staff will be more often present at their familiar locations.

 

Grouping of clusters:

Cluster locations Museumpark, Wijnhaven 99-101, Wijnhaven 103-105 and Wijnhaven 107

  • School of Communication, Media and Information Technology (CMI)
  • School of Teacher Training (IVL)
  • School of Social Work (ISO)
  • Rotterdam Academy (RAC)

Cluster locations Kralingse Zoom, Posthumalaan and Max Euwelaan

  • HR Business School (HRBS)
  • Rotterdam Business School (RBS)

Cluster locations Academieplein, Rochussenstraat, floors 1-6

  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS)
  • School of Built Environment (IGO)
  • School of Health Care (IVG)

Pieter de Hoochweg

  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS)
  • School of Built Environment (IGO)

Cluster locations Blaak 10, Wijnhaven 61 and Karel Doormanhof

  • Willem de Kooning Academie

Location Rochussenstraar, floors 7-15

  • Service Departments

RDM Innovation Dock

  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS)
  • School of Built Environment (IGO)

RDM Droog Dok

  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS)
  • School of Built Environment (IGO)

Location STC

  • Rotterdam Mainport Instituut

Use of Satellite locations
The satellite locations with which we collaborate on location, such as Bluecity, Galatestraat, Rotterdam Science Tower and Wijnstraat, will also be put back into use in accordance with existing agreements with institutes, research centres and CoEs. These only have one functionality: conversion from online to offline education. The exception to the rule is the sustainability factory in Dordrecht which can also be used for graduation and educational activities in practical workplaces, small-scale education 1st year students and 1 on 1 guidance of students. For the Sports Centre EUR the rules of the Erasmus University apply.

Studying at home and / or online is different from studying at school. Whether you are used to studying together with your fellow students every week, now you have to do it alone. Check out our tips for studying from home on the special Hint page and read what you can do to create sufficient rhythm and structure at home. 

The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences has previously communicated that the Zoom programme should not be used. Over the past weeks, many questions have been asked about the use of Zoom in our online education. The risks for privacy and security when using this product have been discussed many times in the national and international media. However, Zoom has obvious advantages and supports specific forms and activities of education better than, for example, Microsoft Teams. The specific forms are: (1) live lectures to large groups in which it is important to see more than four students simultaneously and (2) so-called break-out sessions in which the lecturer switches from group to group.

This is why over the past few weeks we have been working with Zoom on a configuration  that fits within the frameworks for privacy and security of our educational institution. When using Zoom, the configuration of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam is mandatory. It is also strongly recommended to review the documentation available on HINT before use.

As a result, we can now use Zoom on a small scale, which means that we can update our earlier ban of Zoom to the following basic assumption: "Microsoft Teams unless". Please use Zoom only for educational situations when absolutely necessary. Do not use Zoom for normal consultations, team meetings and external contact for which Microsoft Teams can be used, and not at all for privacy-sensitive conversations! 

The developments surrounding Zoom and their consequences for privacy and security will be closely followed by our privacy officers and security officers in the coming period.

Introduction activities are organized to give first-year students a warm welcome. The vast majority this year will be done online. We may organize informative physical events in small groups. At Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the introduction activities are provided by the courses themselves, there will be no events in the evenings with alcohol.

Our new students are in a new environment, a new world and we naturally want to make them feel at home as soon as possible. In the run-up to the 2020/2021 academic year, introduction activities will, if necessary, take place at external locations, of course only if everyone adheres to the guidelines of the RIVM. Safety comes first!

Assessments and exams take place in different ways. Online and offline. The RIVM measures are taken into account when setting up the rooms where assessments take place. When assessing online, online proctoring - testing with digital supervision - is not permitted, with a few exceptions. It is a complex subject, the implications of which we are currently investigating, including through some experiments with proctoring. You can read the state of affairs regarding proctoring in this memorandum.

If you do not want to come to the university for health reasons or because you are living with someone from the risk group, report this to your dean or student counselor. Together you will see if a solution is neededand possible.

Yes, Graduation ceremonies are related to education, but are not considered education activities. The general rules for meetings apply to these ceremonies: a maximum of 30 people if it takes place inside, a maximum of 40 people if it takes place outside. Study programmes have been requested to be extra vigilant that this is done in compliance with the RIVM guidelines.

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