As you know, all classroom work, meetings and other activities that require gathering people in one place or travelling outside the territory to Mainland China have been cancelled by Macao’s higher education institutions (HEIs), until further notice, in line with the measures published by Macao SAR government.
This does not mean that we are closed for business. On the contrary, we are following the government’s recommendations and working hard to provide alternative methods for teaching and learning. We expect you to continue to study and learn during these exceptional times and are taking steps to help you as quickly and efficiently as possible. Note that the government guidelines foresee the full recognition of work and assessment carried out by the Macao HEIs using mixed and online solutions. We are aware that this is something that especially worries our Exchange Students. We can confirm, however, that despite changes in the pedagogical and didactic methods, credits and grades for this semester will have the same standing as in normal times. It may be necessary, in the case of some modules, to hold makeup classes at non-standard times, when the emergency ends (especially those that need laboratory or other forms of hands-on work). We may also need to stretch classes into Block 7 of our calendar (normally reserved for exams). There will be a lot of work to be done, but we are committed to making this an interesting and challenging learning experience for all. Later this week we will provide further information, but one important variable in this equation that we do not control is the time that the current preventive measures will be kept in place.
Below, is the summary of a long meeting that USJ’s extended management held last Thursday, during which we discussed those and many other matters.
The main point is that we will be shifting much of our academic, administrative and management work to online solutions. This alteration is an excellent opportunity but calls for a steep learning curve if we are to begin to implement the changes by the end of this week.
Over this last weekend, we have set up a schedule for the rapid preparation of staff. It will occupy the first half of the week. We will inform you as soon as we are ready to move to the online preparation of students. It will probably be later in the week. We will keep you informed.
Meanwhile, keep in touch with your teachers. They will help you find useful ways of studying for their modules. Each teacher will probably start with the online methods they are more used to working with until they have acquired other skills and try them out with you.
Please remember that the Library has many resources that are available online to all staff and students. For those of you who are less familiar with working that way, the Library team will share with you and post on the Library webpage the guidelines you need to get started.
If you need help, go to our website. We will be posting the main contact points at USJ. Take care and keep safe!