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After the CES University accepted the measures taken by the national government as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and migrated to virtual spaces to develop its academic activities, activating the protocolCES in casa, the new dynamic has been developed in a positive way since the vast majority of the university community has managed to adapt to it.

To date, more than 170 new virtual classrooms have been activated from the University's Virtual Education Center,CES VirtualMore than 1,060 online exams have been carried out and more than 5,900 sessions have been held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform where virtual and partial classes of the subjects were developed.

To date the balance is very positive, the community in general has adapted to the new strategies and dynamics under which the University is operating, we have managed to continue with academic activities on a regular basis without interruptions and the problems that have arisen are they have raffled in an agile way and combining efforts from the different areas to guarantee well-being and academic continuity of our community, ” said Catalina Calle Pineda, head of CES Virtual.

Photograph of students in virtual class by Zoom

Photography: Courtesy CES Virtual

The virtual activities that have been developed sinceCES in CasaThey are: virtual laboratories; where some of the teachers have implemented strategies to be able to dictate the face-to-face activities that they had programmed before the contingency; virtual exams, which are mounted from the classrooms ofCES Virtualand they can be followed up online; real-time classes, student presentations, student counseling, virtual courses and seminars. All this through the platforms provided by the university for this: TEAMS and Zoom.

For example, the professor Juan Diego Vélez Upegui, who has been at the University since 1986 teaching physiology and pathophysiology classes at the Faculty of Medicine, spoke with the Digital Links Bulletin about how this change has been from giving face-to-face classes to having to give them to through virtual means.

I feel that there is not much difference between teaching virtual classes to teaching them in person, I really liked this modality and I even feel that I can explain the topics better. Zoom is a living tool because it still allows students to participate and perhaps lets them do it with more peace of mind than in a classroom”, Commented the teacher Vélez Upegüí.

The University will continue to implement measures that allow for academic continuity, always thinking about biosafety and care for its community.

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