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Chulalongkorn University Announcement Guidelines for Instructions, Course Measurement, Measurement, and Evaluation for the Second Semester and Summer Session, Academic Year 2020 (No. 2)

Pursuant to Chulalongkorn University Announcement on the Guidelines for Instructions, Course Management, Measurement, and Evaluation for the Second Semester and Summer Session, Academic Year 2020, at the moment, the spread of the COVID-19 in the university area has gradually subsided.  The University wishes to ensure that the instructions, course management, measurement, and evaluation for the second semester and summer session of Academic Year 2020 be carried out smoothly and efficiently in line with teaching and learning in the New Normal, while maintaining the preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 consistently.  Therefore, it is deemed appropriate to announce the following guidelines:

            1.  Regarding instructions and classes:

                        (1) For the retical courses or seminars, lecturers should put emphasis on blended learning which combines asynchronous learning in which students can learn on their own anytime, anywhere; and synchronous learning that allows students of the entire class to discuss and learn together at the same time in a ratio best suited to the nature of the courses.

                                    (A) In case of asynchronous Learning, students’ self-directed learning objectives should be clearly specified.

                                    (B) Synchronous learning should not be a one-way instruction by lecturers, but focuses on participatory learning between students and teachers, e.g. discussions, problem-solving exercises, or problem-based learning.

                        (2) For practicums, instructors should use a blended learning method, through learning management systems such as MyCourseville, Blackboard, or Google Classroom, in conjunction with on-site practical learning.  Instructors may consider a ratio of these methods as appropriate while allowing for some flexibility.

                        Practicums include courses that require individual or group practical skills activities (e.g. studio, skill, performing, ensemble classes), as well as other courses that have similar teaching and learning styles.

                        (3) In the case of Synchronous Virtual Learning, e.g. Zoom, MS Teams, or Google Meet,  instructors shall organize classes during the normal course periods. If it is necessary to arrange the courses outside normal hours, instructors and students shall mutually agree on the appropriate dates and times.

            2.  Internships, field trips, or domestic study tours

                        (1) Work Sections may consider to resume internships, field trips, or domestic study tours of each course as normally practiced, but preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 as mandated by the government, the University, and the professional bodies must be followed.  

                        (2) Work Sections may consider to cancel internships, field trips, or domestic study tours of each course that are not included in the Thai Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (TQF1), and subsitute them for alternative teaching and learning or other activities to fully achieve the course learning outcomes.

                        (3) Each work section may consider adjusting the duration of an internship, a field trip or a domestic study tour for each course by doing one of the followings:

                                    (A) Shorten the duration of an internship, a field trip or a study tour as needed and in accordance with the situation.

                                    (B) Separate or spread the internship, field trip or study tour over appropriate intervals without affecting or posing a risk to the health or safety of the interns.

                                    (C) Alternate internships, field trips or study tours with regular courses in the original educational management plan designed and specified in TQF2.

                        (4) Work Sections may consider adjusting the format of the internship, field trip or domestic study tour for each course as appropriate by coordinating with establishments or professional organizations.

                        Cancellation, period adjustment, and format adjustment of internships, excursions or domestic study tours for each course must not affect the standards or requirements of each professional body.

                        For any academic activities or projects in which university students or personnel travel abroad or have students or personnel from abroad enter the Kingdom of Thailand, the announcements or orders of the University involved must be strictly followed.

            3. Measurement and Evaluation

      Work sections may conduct exams or selections of persons to study in the affiliated programs by considering the necessity, number of candidates per exam room, as well as preparedness and capability to manage flexible formats.

            4.  Should there be a need to proceed according to Sections 1 to 3 by using the university’s facilities, measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as required by the government, university or professional council must be taken and must at least include the followings:

                        (1) Have body temperature measurement and self identification as mandated before entering the facilities or buildings.

                        (2) Students must wear a mask at all times during class.

                        (3) Appropriate social distancing must be practiced.

                        (4) Adequate disinfectant and cleanser should be amply provided.

                        (5) Classroom facilities and equipment must be periodically cleaned.

                        Instructors may remove the mask while teaching, but shared equipment such as microphones, or computer equipment must be cleaned every time after the end of the class.

            5. Each Work Section shall designate responsible personnel for provisions 1 to 3, which must include all academic activities related to the classes, e.g. student orientation, preparatory exams for work operation; and assign physical and related systems in accordance with the announcements or orders from the government and the university.

            6. Section Heads are authorized to make decisions, or issue additional guidelines as appropriate so long as they are not in conflict with this order.

            7. In case of problems or inconveniences in the implementation of this order, the President, or authorized Vice President has the final authority.

            Should there be any changes in the situations in question, the university will make an announcement promptly.  

                                                                        Given on February 25,  2021.

                                                                   (Professor Bundhit Eua-Arporn, Ph.D.)  

                                                                                     President

The sense of kinship and warmth found in the Chula community is priceless and a treasure worth keeping.

Prof. Dr. Pornanong Aramwit Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University