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Study shows percentage of students without a computer and Internet access; IFSP evaluates equipment assignment

  • Published: Thursday, 11 June 2020, 11h39
  • Last updated on Tuesday 23 June 2020, 09:28

Through Ordinance no. 2.070, of May 29, 2020, which revokes Ordinance No. 1.200 / 2020, the IFSP maintains the partial suspension of academic calendars for courses, authorizes the continuity of courses already offered in distance education and maintains activities related to teaching, research and extension during the period of social withdrawal caused by Covid-19. 

At the present time, the IFSP community is gathered around the discussions on the proposals and possibilities for adapting their academic calendar and what will be possible during the isolation period.

Regarding the performance of non-classroom activities for technical and higher education courses, a study was carried out by PRE based on data collected by the campuses to estimate the percentage of IFSP students who have access to the internet and electronic equipment.

The Director of Access Policies of the Dean of Education (PRE), Alexandre Aldo Neves, reports that, in relation to the performance of non-classroom activities for technical and higher courses, a study was carried out by PRE based on data collected by the campuses. to estimate the percentage of IFSP students who have access to the internet and electronic equipment, such as notebooks, tablets and smartphones. 

Based on this information, the Dean of Administration is evaluating the possibility of acquiring or assigning the necessary amount of equipment, as well as the internet service packages to be contracted. “Thus, the campuses will be able to resume the performance of some non-presential and distance learning activities already existing and regulated in the pedagogical projects of the courses, as long as they are feasible”, evaluates Alexandre. 

Until the question of access to students is resolved, PRE recommends, through the Official Letter no. 03/2020, that during the quarantine period students are offered content and materials that contribute to their physical and emotional health. Activities whose participation is inclusive and optional may also be proposed, considering the specificities of each campus / course / class. Such measures aim to inform, reduce anxiety, mitigate the negative impacts of this quarantine period, enabling the involvement of those who have the IFSP as a reference for their personal and social life, who cannot be the target of evaluations or be counted as a presence for the students, that is, the activities are not subject to evaluation with grading.

Distance activities

Ordinance no. 2.070 / 2020 authorizes the resumption of academic calendars with remote activities for courses already offered in distance education. Expected classroom activities remain suspended. 

Distance classes are allowed for courses with a forecast of distance workload in their pedagogical projects, respecting the provision in the course's curricular structure and the temporality of the offer of curricular components, with subsequent reorganization of their academic calendar. 

Academic and professional master's courses are authorized to take distance classes considering Capes' guidelines. 

Evaluation activities are forbidden, with the attribution of grades or averages, and the reorganization of the calendar should indicate a deadline for its realization. 

Evaluation activities are forbidden, with the attribution of grades or averages, and the reorganization of the calendar should indicate a deadline for its realization. 

Extension courses planned to be offered in full in the EaD modality will be maintained. 

The remaining Teaching, Research and Extension activities are maintained. 

Next actions

In order to broaden the discussions about the resumption of face-to-face activities, adaptations and resumption of the academic calendar, PRE has been developing a series of meetings with different segments of the IFSP community. 

Alexandre Neves points, among other actions, to the elaboration of a material with considerations about the context, including legislation and experiences in other education networks, presenting a projection of a set of nine scenarios, with different arrangements of dates and options for replenishing the load. hourly, in order to contribute to the community's reflection on the possibilities and identification of needs to be met for a safe resumption, with guarantee of quality and inclusion. These scenarios were sent to the campuses, for study and discussion with the local community through the Educational Adjunct directors (DAEs). 

Contributions from campuses and student representations, as well as suggestions in the context of Attendance, are available for consultation here

A channel was also established for the direct contribution of student representations, to expand the participation of students in this discussion. “And it is at this moment that we are inserted: in the discussion of the proposals presented by PRE and the contributions sent by our community, together with the Planning and Strategic Analysis Commission in the period of Calamity and Exceptionality (Attends)”, Concludes Alexandre. 

In order to guarantee transparency and enable community participation in this process of choices and planning, the materials prepared by PRE, the contributions of campuses and student representations, as well as suggestions in the context of Attendance, are available for consultation at the link https://drive.ifsp.edu.br/s/6vT5SJ5ewO0WIJ1. In addition, the next meetings of Comparece and the Teaching Council (Conen) will be broadcast live.



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