Information for Teaching Staff

Status: 10 September 2020

Course Planning (Fact Sheet for Teaching Staff)

The Safety, Security and Environment office has, together with the faculties and based on the Basic Safety Concept, drawn up a fact sheet on how to plan a safety concept for courses. Before their courses start, teaching staff can use this fact sheet to check whether the current provisions for avoiding the spread of Covid-19 have been taken into account in the course planning.
Fact Sheet for Teaching Staff (PDF, 409 KB)
Safety Concept for the University of Zurich during the COVID-19 Pandemic

FAQ on Technological Aspects of Teaching and Exams

The Information Technology Office has developed FAQs regarding technological aspects of teaching and holding exams in the Fall Semester 2020. Please refer to this site to check whether your teaching and exam plans are technologically feasible.
FAQ: Teaching and Exams Fall Semester 2020 (in German)

Delivering the Course (Basic Rules for Teaching Rooms)

Courses in the 2020 Fall Semester will be taking place partially online and partially on-site. The following points apply in classrooms and lecture halls:

  • UZH members bear personal responsibility for protecting themselves and those around them.
  • Teaching staff use the “Fact Sheet for Teaching Staff” when planning and carrying out on-site courses.
  • People must wear masks when they make their way to their seats and as they make their way out of the room.
  • If students break the rules teaching staff can send them away or break off the lesson.
  • Teaching staff can instruct course participants to wear masks if they feel it is necessary in certain situations.
  • Only the labeled seats may be occupied to ensure that sufficient distance between participants is maintained (labels will be attached by Facility Management in centrally booked rooms).
  • Students will disinfect their seats/desks according to their own requirements. In all centrally booked rooms, Facility Management will provide disinfectant dispensers and wipes at the entrance.

In case of questions or problems (for example regarding the number of people in the lecture hall or classroom) teaching staff can contact the Service Center (phone 044 635 41 41).

Planning for Fall Semester 2020

Certain rules and regulations issued by the government and/or canton will continue to apply into the Fall Semester 2020, which is why our courses and exams must be adaptable. The Executive Board of the University has therefore decided on the following seven principles for planning the Fall Semester 2020. These principles are currently being adapted by the individual faculties to take into account each faculty's specific circumstances.

1. Classroom Teaching Generally Possible

Classroom teaching will generally be possible. Classroom sessions or elements thereof (e.g. flipped classroom) can be planned taking into account government/cantonal provisions as well as the available teaching spaces. Activities related to student mobility will also be possible again.

2. Digital Teaching in Principle

All courses require concepts that ensure that it will in principle be possible to follow the teaching through digital means. It must be possible for students as well as members of the teaching staff to take part in teaching activities regardless of their specific risk factors (e.g. travel restrictions for mobility students).
FAQ: Teaching and Exams Fall Semester 2020 (in German)
Online-Platform Teaching Tools

3. Synchronous or Asynchronous Teaching

The concepts must consider whether teaching or parts thereof will 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, i.e. it is generally not possible to move a course to a different time slot.

4. Teaching Materials Available Online

All teaching materials – as far as permissible under copyright law – must be stored in a LMS tool (e.g. OLAT) and made available to course participants online. You may also send materials by e-mail or other means.

5. Course Format in Course Catalogue

The format in which the course will be held and assessed must be defined and documented in the course catalogue before module booking becomes available in August 2020. No measures to facilitate studies, in particular no additional failed attempts or windows for canceling modules, are planned for the Fall Semester.

6. On-Site Teaching for Practical Courses

Courses focusing on practical skills (lab courses, clinical courses, etc.) can in principle be held as on-site teaching sessions. If the applicable social distancing rules cannot be observed, special protective measures (e.g. face masks) will be taken.
Fact Sheet for Teaching Staff (PDF, 409 KB)

7. Remote Assessments

It must generally also be possible for students and instructors to take part in and hold assessments – regardless of their specific risk factors or location. With the exception of assessing practical skills, it must thus also be possible to take part in official assessments remotely. Exams may be carried out online.

Use of UZH Libraries

Since 8 June, the university libraries have again been open to UZH members to borrow and return books, for consultation and photocopying services and for the use of study spaces.
UZH Library Services