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How will pedagogical continuity be ensured?

Published on June 24, 2020 Updated on June 24, 2020

There are no more lectures, classes or tutorials, and no more face-to-face exams.

The University undertakes to ensure that you are able to follow your studies and prepare for your degree in the best conditions possible (see paragraphs below: pedagogical links / pedagogical continuity).

Maintaining pedagogical links

While waiting for the University to reopen, it is important to keep in touch with your teachers. The University has made arrangements to ensure the necessary pedagogical links, which it wants to maintain with each student. These arrangements were made in consultation with the governance, deans and directors, vice-presidents and student vice-presidents. They are implemented in each of the component entities, adapted for each degree course.

This pedagogical link with teachers is also essential to tackle isolation and protect social bonds with the most isolated students.

We also invite you to keep in touch with other students in your year to avoid any situation or feeling of being abandoned (affecting either you or a classmate). The social services provided by our preventive medicine service (social worker, doctors, etc.) are also mobilised and available to help you (see the “Health and listening service” section).

Ensuring pedagogical continuity

1. General framework

Equal treatment of students is essential. For this reason, the University is proceeding cautiously with online education to replace the classes cancelled during this period. The dean or director of your component entity, together with the person responsible for your degree, has assessed what can be done and what should not be done.

Implementation methods
Ensuring pedagogical continuity means taking into account the possible implications/consequences and the necessary means, which are interdependent.

The first criterion for validating and justifying the implementation of pedagogical monitoring is the extent to which its feasibility can be guaranteed.
  • This depends on technical aspects and their reliability with, in particular, the guarantee of continuity, which depends on the human resources that can be mobilised. These are highly variable and constantly evolving in the current situation.
  • It also depends on the ability to guarantee equal treatment for students. This is chiefly linked to the possibility of access to distance learning courses and the methods of testing knowledge that could accompany them.
Complete pedagogical continuity is therefore impossible. The danger of proposing solutions that are ultimately not possible for various reasons would risk invalidating/cancelling exams, which would then need to be held later.

The need to verify that each student will be able to access the form of pedagogical continuity proposed is a considerable task, especially when the tests leading to the award of the degree will be run remotely. As the number of students involved increases, there is less assurance that equal treatment will be achieved. On the other hand, pedagogical continuity may be simpler to achieve for some Master’s programmes or certain courses with much smaller numbers of students, where distance learning was already widely practised.

Depending on your course, you may be offered documents, exercises or classes in various forms. If the director of your component institution can guarantee that each of you, in the same year, has access to these elements, and therefore that equal treatment is respected, then distance learning can replace the face-to-face classes that could not be delivered. If we do not have this guarantee, the exam will only cover what has been seen and worked on face-to-face by all the students in your year.

Pedagogical continuity will be organised by the component entities within this general framework depending on what is possible for each degree. The dean or director of your component is best able, together with the person responsible for your degree and the teachers involved, to assess what can be done, and what should not be done, with the support of the University’s services. Whenever possible, specific solutions will be implemented.

2. If you are in initial training

The components (faculties and institutes), with the help of pedagogical directors, have set up alternatives for each degree using digital tools and are communicating directly with their students via their institutional messaging system (@univ-lyon3.fr).

3. If you are in continuing education

  • Face-to-face learning (see initial training)
  • Distance learning: pedagogical continuity is ensured according to the diploma’s usual conditions

4. If you are on a work-study programme: apprenticeship and professionalisation contracts

Educational activities are suspended: the schedule will be reviewed and adjusted once activities have resumed.

  1. You remain subject to the conditions of the host company in France or abroad, with the same rights as employees.
  2. You can always contact your educational tutor by email or by phone.

Useful links:
Website Work-study portal
Website Ministry of Labour
Website Ministry of Labour- apprentice training centres (CFA)