Camilo José Cela University develops a flexible teaching framework and safety measures for the coming academic year

University Camilo José Cela has implemented a series of hygiene and safety measures and protocols for the coming 2020-21 academic year to safeguard the well-being of its students. Also, it will combine the most innovative teaching methods to build a new teaching-learning model.

UCJC has put in place a flexible teaching framework and has transformed its instructional design so that the teaching of the 20-21 academic year is enriched with virtual element. The design foresees the combination of face-to-face learning with the visualisation of content. Cameras have been installed that can support the teacher with the broadcast and streaming of classes for those students who, for whatever circumstance are unable to travel and cannot attend face-to-face classes.

“University students will continue to attend the university on a regular basis, with adapted timetables to participate in sessions in the classroom that are going to be extended and complemented with online sessions and interactive resources for an increased and all-round learning experience”, said Emilio Lora-Tamayo, Rector of the UCJC.

In order to tackle this new academic year, students will be given academic resources, content, virtual tools and simulators, accessible from the UCJC platforms that will incorporate aspects such as Artificial Intelligence in academic activities, face-to-face or digital gamification and expanded education or self-learning.

If the future scenario changes or there is another lockdown, the university design foresees a quick, seamless and flexible adaptation to these new circumstances. “Always pursuing teaching innovation and the use of the new technologies. From the beginning of the restrictions and the pandemic, we understood this crisis as an opportunity“, assured Ricardo Rejas, Vice-Rector for Quality and Evaluation at University Camilo José Cela.

Between safety measures and hygiene, UCJC has decided to reduce the capacity of all classrooms and common areas, as well as staggering class timetables and optimising spaces, so that the volume of people can be reduced at certain hourly peaks, such as the start of the day, breaks, classroom changes or the end of the day, and also to ensure the most is made of campus facilities safely.

In the degrees where attendance remains unchanged -for example, in the field of health studies- groups have been split in two so social distancing can be ensured.

University Camilo José Cela has obtained the COVID FREE certification after an exhaustive external audit that has analysed the safety measures and prevention of health risks. The certification includes the standards regarding hygiene action protocols, staff training, cleaning and maintenance of facilities and work spaces, selection and provision of cleaning and disinfection material, selection, provision and use of PPE, student welcome to campus procedures, entry and exit of students, teachers and professionals, distribution of students and employees in centres or signage on campus.

University Camilo José Cela’s Villafranca del Castillo Campus has open and ecologically sustainable spaces, over 100,000 m² of green areas, large classrooms and excellent sports facilities, as well as its urban campus.