Remote Learning for Spring 2020—Guide for Students
Professors at ISI Florence will be continuing instruction online so that all students can complete their courses for the Spring 2020 semester, which was unforeseeably cut short in Italy.
ISI Florence has instructed all faculty to prepare and teach their courses remotely. Professors are restructuring their syllabi in order to keep students’ experiences as intercultural as possible. We have every trust in our professors’ ability to effectively deliver the course content, communicate effectively, assign and grade work, and perform a thorough assessment of students’ learning outcomes to establish a fair and final grade for the course.
The academic support staff at ISI Florence will continue to work with instructors in the next few days to redesign their courses and prepare each one to use digital solutions for remote learning described below. Classes will recommence on Monday, March 16th—instructors will be in touch with their students before then and all activities and deadlines will be coordinated through a central calendar created by your professor.
Remote Teaching & Learning
Professors will use email, Dropbox/Google Drive, Skype, and Word to continue their classes from a distance. Because of the time difference between Italy and the US, and the fact that there are four US time zones, simultaneous lectures and discussions will not be possible. Instructors will send, at the beginning of the week, an email with the outline of that week’s work; this email will come no later than Monday morning (Eastern time). That email will contain information about that week’s readings and links to PDFs of those readings, the assignments and their due dates, as well as “digital office hours.” Students will continue to have both readings to do and assessments to complete. Your instructors will be in touch but if you don’t already have a Dropbox, Gmail account, and Skype account, please create them. All are free.
Some instructors will be transferring their courses over to Moodle, Talent, or Google Classrooms. Your instructor or Institute staff will send you instructions on creating an account. There will be no fee to you for using these systems.
Support and Questions
The staff at the Institutes will be available for logistical support and problem-solving. Don’t hesitate to contact Institute staff to discuss this academic plan.