Information for Teaching Staff

Status: 12 May 2021

Increased Return to Face-to-Face Teaching from 3 May

Based on the decision taken by the Federal Council last week and after consulting with the faculties, the Executive Board of the University decided that from 3 May onward, an increased number of courses may again be held on site at UZH. In general, the limits set by the Federal Council apply, i.e. no more than 50 people per room and rooms may not be filled beyond a third of their seating capacity. In addition, previous rules on social distancing and hygiene continue to apply. Courses and exams that require on-site presence and that are an essential component of a program (e.g. courses in labs and clinics as well as exams) are excluded from the above limits.

Key points for face-to-face teaching:

  • Classroom teaching is restricted to smaller interactive course formats. Larger courses that do not involve any significant interaction (i.e. lectures) will continue to be held online.
  • All courses that are held face-to-face will also be able to be completed online.
  • Exams will go ahead as previously planned and communicated by the faculties.
  • Continuing education courses can again be held face-to-face if they take place outside the centrally scheduled buildings of UZH.
  • Events that are not related to teaching remain prohibited at UZH until 5 June 2021 (end of the lecture period).

Students and teaching staff will receive additional information on increased face-to-face teaching from their faculties by 25 April 2021.

Planning for Spring Semester 2021

Approved by the Executive Board on 13 October 2020. Please note the currently applicable government regulations.

In the coming semester, classroom teaching will also only be able to take place if the social distancing and hygiene measures continue to be observed, unless instructed otherwise. Seating capacity at all UZH sites will thus remain significantly limited. The planning principles for the Spring Semester 2021 are therefore largely the same as for the current Fall Semester. Formally, the regulations are shorter and the significance of digital teaching has been given more emphasis.

1. Digital Teaching Whenever Possible

Teaching will take place digitally whenever possible.
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2. Classroom Teaching Only If Requirements Met

Classroom teaching is also possible in principle. Government/cantonal and operational requirements as well as the specified maximum seating capacity must be observed. For all classroom sessions, it must be ensured that they can also be followed through digital means. That is to say, all teaching materials must, at the least, be made available to course participants online (e.g. OLAT), as far as permissible under copyright law.

3. On-Site Teaching for Practical Courses

Courses focusing on practical skills (e.g. lab courses, clinical courses) should in principle be held as on-site teaching sessions. If the applicable social distancing rules cannot be observed, protective measures must be taken.

4. Classes Synchronous or Asynchronous

Teaching can be synchronous (happening live, e.g. via online sessions) or asynchronous (not occurring live, e.g. through podcasts). Please note that all synchronous teaching activities must take place during the allotted teaching hours.

5. Course Format in Course Catalogue

The format in which courses will be held and assessed must be defined and documented in the course catalogue before module booking becomes available in January 2021.

6. Online or In-Person Assessments

Assessments can be held online or in person. When assessments are held in person,
government/cantonal and operational requirements as well as the specified maximum seating capacity must be observed. With the exception of assessing practical skills, it must also be possible for assessments to be completed digitally using suitable formats.