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Information on measures for teachers and students to ensure protective measures and a safe university life for all

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The following information was sent out to lecturers from the University Management on Friday 14 August 2020.

Given COVID-19, the teaching situation this autumn will be different than in previous years. It is crucial that we ensure good infection control for you as teachers and for the students. All classrooms are set up to meet the requirement of 1 meter distance between all students. Outside all classrooms, disinfectant alcohol is available for students to touch before entering the room. There is also alcohol available to the teachers at the lectern.

Below we explain measures for teachers and students, so that we ensure infection control and a safe university life for everyone.

The students’ responsibilities – to be communicated to them by the teachers  

The teachers are not responsible for whether the students follow the standards for infection control. This is the responsibility of each student. We ask that the teachers show or go through the pp attached in the first lesson. The ppt makes it clear to the students what is expected of them when it comes to infection control. If there are more students attending than what is allowed in accordance with current standard, the students who came last must be asked to leave ( you may ask for help from the infection control staff outside the learning area or Securitas by calling 55588081). We also ask the teachers to ensure that there is enough time for cleaning the surfaces between lessons in learning areas that can take more than 80 students.  

There are hand sanitisers outside each teaching area that the students shall use before they enter. Students will be informed about this via SMS. During the first weeks of teaching there will be infection control staff outside to organise queues and remind the students to use the hand sanitizer.  

Infection control and room size 

We see that having breaks during lessons which give the students the opportunity to leave the teaching area and socialise and then re-enter, may increase the possibility of situations where infection may happen. We therefore encourage teachers to avoid breaks in 2 hour lessons and reduce the number of breaks in longer lessons.   

Teaching rooms / areas that according to current standards can take 80 students or more will be cleaned between each group of students. Reduction in the number of breaks in lessons will therefore ensure enough time for cleaning to take place. As we have communicated before, students in teaching areas that can take 80 students or more need to vacate the area 10 minutes before the lessons are ordinarily finished.  

We have reconsidered infection control in teaching rooms / areas that take less than 80 students. These areas will be cleaned daily, with extra cleaning of surfaces. Students who wish to sanitise the area / table where they sit can use the sanitizing pads that are put out on every other row in each teaching room.   

Teaching for students at risk 

In order to offer teaching to these students and avoid using excess teaching resources, over 100 teaching rooms /areas have been upgraded throughout campus in order to record and stream the lesson live. Teachers only need to book recording and streaming via the course in Mitt UiB as long as the lesson is timetabled and takes place in a teaching area which has the equipment. The recording starts /ends automatically at the starting /end time for the lesson and all you need to remember is to use the microphone. The recording will be published on the course page in Mitt UiB and thereby available to the students. 

A detailed description of this service and what you need to do can be found here.  

For courses that do not have lessons in rooms with these facilities, we encourage teachers to offer alternative opportunities for learning for these students. More information about this will be given by each Faculty.  

The teachers’ responsibility for infection control when using the equipment in the teaching areas:  

  • Use the sanitiser to disinfect all equipment such as microphone, touch screen and keyboard before and after the lesson 

  • Microphones are important in teaching rooms where lessons can be recorded, as sound is often the most important part of the recording. Integrated headsets with a microphone will give the best sound quality. Your own equipment can therefore not be used. Place the headset so the microphone is placed under your chin. This gives the best sound and prevents infection through droplets. This is the recommended way to use the microphone, together with sanitising, to prevent infection.  

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