Webinar #onlinetogether - The challenges of the beginning of the academic year during the pandemic
In these times of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, just like in other countries, face-to-face educational functions and activities are being moved online, using apps, platforms and various tools for distance education.
In the Online together webinars, we respond to these challenges, in the most practical way possible, in the spirit of open education and free access to knowledge. Participants received an Open Badge (Open digital certificate) - Online together.
Assoc. dr. eng. Florin Drăgan - Rector, Politehnica University of Timișoara
Prof. univ. Dr. Marilen Gabriel Pirtea - Rector, West University of Timișoara
Prof. univ. Dr. Octavian Marius Cretu - Rector, Victor Babeş University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timişoara and
Prof. Dr. Tiberiu Iancu and Prof. Sorin Stanciu - Vice-rectors, Banat's University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “King Mihai I of Romania” from Timisoara
Dr. Eng. Diana Andone - Politehnica University of Timișoara
Assoc. dr. eng. Florin Dragan, Prof. univ. Dr. Marilen Gabriel Pirtea, Prof. univ. Dr. Octavian Marius Cretu, Prof. Dr. Tiberiu Iancu, and Prof. Sorin Stanciu - the rectors and vice-rectors of the four major universities in Timisoara spoke about the challenges of the beginning of the academic year during the pandemic and how universities can ensure the quality of education with new technologies.
See images during the webinar below:
Among the main topics discussed during the webinar were the scenarios of each university for the academic year 2020-2021, how to organize the opening of the school year, work scenarios for students accommodation, but also the situation related to educational activities, and technical and digital support of universities for students.
Over 530 participants from Romania - both teachers and students watched the event online, both on the Zoom platform and Live on CeL's Facebook and YouTube channels, and addressed dozens of messages and questions to the presenters.
Even if the scenarios and opinions related to the best practices for a very special academic year were different from institution to institution, the webinar ended on a positive note, and the rectors and vice-rectors of the 4 major universities in Timisoara transmitted to those in the audience to look forward with confidence, to respect the measures of distance, but ”to embrace the change”, ensuring quality education.
Watch the webinar recording below:
Online Together webinars are organized in collaboration with IEEE Romania, the EDEN Association and the Politehnica University of Timișoara, every week with guests from other universities and schools in Romania.