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How are the classes conducted from the 10th of January?

According to the Ordinance of the Rector of the University of Wrocław from Wednesday, 5th of January, from Monday, 10th of January, studying at the University of Wrocław is conducted very flexibly, and about the way of conducting specific classes decide the Deans. In this way, whenever it is possible, students can take part in stationary classes. However, when there is such a need or possibility: classes can be transferred to a remote-learning provision or hybrid mode. Deans of the 10 faculties at the University of Wrocław decide about this.

What does it look like in practice? For example, at the Faculty of Philology – as informed to the students by Dean, dr hab. Arkadiusz Lewicki, prof. of the UWr: “full-time students will have exercises in classrooms (perhaps with minor exceptions to this rule), while lectures, PE and lectures in remote form. Part-time students – as a rule, classes will be conducted remotely, although with exceptions mainly involving workshops that require the use of computer rooms, television or radio studios (some classes at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication)”. It is impossible to learn to work in a radio studio remotely. However, it is possible to learn the language remotely, although this is not an optimal situation as the students themselves admit.

At the Faculty of Biotechnology, all laboratory exercises and seminars are conducted stationary. You cannot learn how to perform biochemical analyses just by watching them on a computer screen. Lectures? The larger ones (over 30 people) are conducted remotely, the smaller ones with fewer students – generally stationary. “We monitor the situation on an ongoing basis. We check whether there is a situation that students have to wait for classes in a small space. If they can be held remotely without compromising the quality of the classes, then we change their form,” explains dr hab. Dorota Nowak, prof. of the UWr, Dean of the Faculty.

In turn, due to several illnesses, the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences decided to move the classes to the remote mode for the time being. As explained to the students: the problem may be a small room, but at the same time, the remote classes do not significantly reduce the quality of classes – hence the decision. The faculty is still monitoring the situation and as soon as there is a chance of returning to stationary classes. At least those that take place in small groups.

As a university, we are obliged by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education to conduct full-time classes. According to the Rector of the University of Wrocław – Professor Przemyslaw Wiszewski: Stationary classes are generally a better solution than remote classes – also for the education process and its effects. However, due to the pandemic, it is necessary to act flexibly – therefore, the deans monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and take appropriate actions and decisions. Consequently, we appeal to students to report the disease on an ongoing basis – through the form available on the University of Wrocław website:

It is worth emphasising that the University of Wrocław received such data from the Ministry of Health in connection with the POLon database: up to 90% of employees are vaccinated, also students are vaccinated in about 80%. This average is much higher than the Polish average of about 60%. Vaccination largely protects against the disease, and in the case of an illness against a severe course of the disease. If there are indications from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education changing the mode of conducting classes at universities, the University of Wrocław will adapt to these orders without delay. The solutions proposed at the University of Wrocław are the same as those at other Polish universities – such as the University of Warsaw or the University of Silesia.

Translated by Agnieszka Borgul (student of English Studies at the University of Wrocław) as part of the translation practice.

Published by: Maria Kozan

12 Jan 2022

last modification: 12 Jan 2022