#impreunaonline webinar: A year of education in 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.
Conf.univ.dr.ing. Florin Dragan - Rector of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara
Professor Marilen Pirtea - Rector of the West University of Timișoara
Professor Octavian Cretu - Rector of the Victor Babeș University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timișoara
Professor Cosmin Alin Popescu - Rector of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Banat "King Mihai I of Romania" in Timisoara
Prof. Marin Popescu - General school inspector, Timiș County School Inspectorate
Diana Andone - director of the e-Learning Centre UPT
On March 10, 2020 the authorities were announcing closure of all educational institutions in Romania, the day of March 11, 2020 thus marking the beginning of a challenging period in university and pre-university education in the country and in Timiș, both universities and schools being forced to close their doors, transfer courses online - some throughout the year, others alternating with hybrid education on different periods, depending on the restrictions imposed by the epidemiological situation.
The last year has meant for the actors from schools and universities the reorganization “on the fly” of the functioning, of the educational tools and resources, of the pedagogical techniques and, last but not least, of the interaction between teachers, students and colleagues.
How have the big universities in Timișoara adapted, but also the schools in Timișoara to the education of the last year?
What have been the biggest challenges and most valuable resources for undergraduate and pre-graduate education?
How was the period of educational “social distancing” felt in the university and pre-university education in Timiș?
What are the prospects for education in schools and universities for the next period?
One year after the beginning of "social distancing" of education, within edition #24 of webinars Online Together - the rectors of the four big universities in Timișoara, together with the general school inspector from Timișoara spoke about the experiences of a year of education in the pandemic and answered questions in an interactive session moderated by the director of the UPT e-Learning Center, Dr. Eng. Diana Andone.
A edition with important content for current education, especially for the four major universities in Timisoara, with hundreds of participants in Zoom and thousands of views on Facebook and YouTube, where the event was broadcast live, with dozens of questions, including the most pressing for the period track, opinions and messages of thanks, and, we hope, information that will contribute to the smooth running of further education, either in hybrid mode, or online.
The main topics addressed were:
🔘 The interaction components that allowed the classes to be held online
🔘Scenarios for the examination and evaluation of distance learners, with a series of statistics for assessing the quality of student learning
🔘Educational portfolio needed for a quality learning process, with large-scale resources, such as subscriptions to digital libraries and online course platforms for digital tools
🔘Development of alternative forms of distance and part-time education to facilitate online education
🔘Close connection with student leagues and community involvement
🔘Co-creation of online education models and educational resources - teachers with students and pupils
🔘The emotional and psychological impact of exclusive online education over such a long period
The biggest challenges this year, from the perspective of university rectors and the general school inspector from Timiș were:
- Training of teachers in rural education
- Lack of emotional support
- Motivating students to reduce dropping out of school and maintaining interest in online classes
- The unpredictability of what is to come
The words for the future spoken by the presenters were: trust, security, courage, responsibility, unity, communication and success.
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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.