Do not be scared if it seems that loneliness scares you in the classrooms of the CES University of Medellín that will not receive about 1,200 students, teachers and administrative personnel this coming October 3. The reason: most of the academic activities will be developed from virtuality through the third edition of the conferenceCES in casa.
CES at home is a program led by the Virtual CES and Sustainability areas of the institution that was born in 2017. As a pioneer in the implementation of this digital strategy, the CES University aims to contribute from virtuality to the environment, reducing the footprint of carbon, pollution in the area, congestion and prepare for a possible contingency that prevents use of the university campus.
But ... How does it work? All staff from the Faculties of Sciences and Biotechnology with their three careers (Biology, Ecology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry), Technology in Prehospital Care, third semester of the Faculty of Medicine, the entire Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics participate in the virtual session , the Graduate School and the Faculty of Psychology.
“All academic activities, of the faculties that take part in the initiative, are developed through digital environments, such as virtual classrooms and videoconference rooms. From Virtual CES, the faculties are accompanied so that they can carry out the activities that they have scheduled for the date. For example, advice is given to the teacher in order to replicate the activity he has programmed in a virtual setting. It is not a day off but a day of activities from home ”, clarified Catalina Calle Pineda, head of Virtual Education at U. CES.
The technological infrastructure that supports the activity of this October 3 is Virtual CES, this is the platform of virtual classrooms through which training processes can be served without space-time barriers. As a complement, synchronous activities (in real time) will be carried out through the Zoom videoconferencing system.
“The conferences have a very positive environmental impact, with an increase in productivity, contributions in mobility issues and a reduction in pollution rates; evidenced in figures of reduction of water consumption by 64,750 L / day, reduction in electricity consumption of 2,109 Kwh / day, reduction of waste generation of 738.49 Kg / day and reduction of CO2 emissions of 2,806.5 Kg of CO2 ”, added Tatiana Molina Vásquez, head of the U. CES Sustainability Office.
On this occasion, the universities that make up the virtual G8 (UPB, Eafit, Medellín, EIA, La Sallista, Antioquia and CES) will be linked with different strategies, this in order to generate an impact at the city level.
In the latest version, in May of this year we had the participation of 327 students, 64 teachers and 44 administrators.