Distance Learning in the Spring Semester, 2021
Due to the ongoing tense epidemiological situation, the Spring Semester 2021 has to start with fully online classes.
However, compulsory face-to-face courses will still be possible in this Semester.
The current planning is that in case of significant reductions in the Corona case numbers, face-to-face teaching will be possible again, to the extent as it was originally planned for Spring Semester 2021. We assume that the earliest change to partial face-to-face teaching could be after Easter. According to the original planning for the Semester, the University of Basel could return to face-to-face teaching for about half of the courses - if the situation and the authorities allow it – at the same time adhering to the safety concepts implemented in the Fall Semester.
For courses that were already planned to be online in the Spring Semester, this does not result in any change. However, courses that were scheduled to be taught face-to-face in Spring Semester must be taught online at least through Easter Monday (April 5, 2021). Whether and when these courses could return to face-to-face teaching thereafter will be continuously assessed by the university management and communicated to lecturers and students in due time.
All lecturers will note in the course catalog under "Comments" whether they will, in the scenario that the University returns to face-to-face teaching in the course of the semester, continue to offer their courses digitally as a supplement after the switch to face-to-face (e.g. hybrid, live transmission for those not present, or provision of the course recording), or whether the switch will be exclusively to face-to-face.
Overview: Course formats in the spring semester 2021 in the course catalogue
The courses of the spring semester 2021 will take place online at least until Easter. Some exceptions apply, such as for approved internships, which will be held in presence.
Courses that will be held online until Easter or for the entire FS 21 have the following entry in the course catalogue for dates and rooms: "DAY, DATE, TIME - Online presence -".
Courses that have been digitally recorded for FS 21 and can be accessed at any time have no entries for day, time and room. In addition, this asynchronous execution can be indicated in the "Remarks" field.
Courses that are planned for FS 21 as classroom teaching courses in a room have one entry per individual date for the building and the room in which they are held under Dates and Rooms. In mid-March, decisions will be made as to whether the dates after Easter can be held in presence.
The lecturers have been asked to enter in the course catalogue under "Remarks" whether the course will also be offered as a hybrid course in the event of a possible return to classroom teaching. "Hybrid" means that the course can also be attended in online presence as an alternative to presence in the room.
In the "Remarks" field it is also noted whether the online presence course is recorded and made available for later viewing.
University buildings, libraries and study rooms
All publicly accessible university buildings will remain closed, including
- All learning rooms (reading rooms, Lernoullianum, etc.),
- all buildings such as the Kollegienhaus, and
- the university libraries.
The University Main Library offers a pick-up borrowing service for media pre-ordered via swisscovery. The pick-up borrowing service is open from 9.00 - 17.00. Further information can be found on the website of the University Library.
Exams and Assessments
The lecturers and deans of studies provide information on how the examinations will be conducted. Examinations that are carried out on site follow a safety concept for in-classroom examinations which has been approved by the Department of Health. Questions regarding examinations can be directed to the respective lecturers.
The new measures will not affect exams that are already scheduled. These can take place on the scheduled dates at the designated locations.
- We advise all members of the University to install the Swiss Covid app and urge them to follow the recommendations of the FOPH, both at the university and in their private life.
- All teaching staff and students are advised to consult the relevant central and faculty web pages on a regular basis.
Covid-19 special offers for advantageous (temporary) hotel accommodation for students can be found here.