Instituto Superior Técnico

Conselho Pedagógico

2nd Semester 2020/2021

[Last Update – 8.02.2021]

Information about the functioning of the 2nd semester 2020/2021 can be consulted here:

Following the COVID19 Announcement (27) from the President of IST, the guidelines of the CP and CG for the preparation of the 2nd Semester 2020/2021 in the current conditions follow in this email. These guidelines are organized below into 4 points.

The Coordinators, in liaison with the Department Presidents, must act together with the Senior Professors of every Curricular Unit in order to:

1) Adapt the teaching of theoretical classes and problems for remote operation in synchronous mode;

2) Present to the Course Coordinators an alternative plan adapted to the distance learning of UC involving laboratories.
Since it is not possible to accurately predict the operating conditions in the second half of the second semester, the head of UC with a laboratory component must:
i) prepare and present to the respective Coordinator an execution plan based on the assumption of distance learning, such as, footage of equipment and experiences, organization of data to be handled by students, remote control interfaces for experiments, projects of hand-held kits on to do at home, etc. (Plan A)
ii) if desired and appropriate, plan laboratory activities in person for after Easter holidays (Plan B). This plan must always be accompanied by plan A, to contemplate the worst case scenario of the Contingency Plan. Until that date, laboratory teaching will be remotely, as indicated in i).
iii) Plan B, when it exists, should describe the release of theoretical teaching hours from the UC, or from a remote laboratory during the period after the Easter holidays, for use in classroom laboratory classes. In the option of having a Plan B, it is the responsibility of the Head of the UC to define the segmentation of the shifts by laboratory sessions, according to the safety rules contained in the IST contingency plan, and to inform the students in a timely manner through the FÉNIX platform, organizing it also in advance with the Delegate.

3) The course coordinators must work with the teaching teams and course delegates to define, whenever possible, alternative evaluation methodologies to tests and exams, including continuous evaluation components, namely forms, quizzes, projects, reports, computational works, problem solving by students in classes, discussions and oral presentations. Only in this way will it be possible to reduce the burden of face-to-face assessment (at a time when predictably pandemic indicators may already allow it, probably in June and July). It is suggested that the dates of the evaluations remain even when revised to new formats.
The proposals in point 3) will have to have the agreement between Professor, Delegate and Coordinator. The Coordinator must also ensure the harmonization of the component of continuous assessment in the various UCs ​​being executed in the semester of each curricular year, ensuring a similar distribution of the students’ workload in the different UCs, and homogeneous over time.
To this end, each Coordinator will be able to hold meetings with the Scientific and Pedagogical Course Committees (which involve Professors and Course Delegates) and UC Professors, to reorganize the Excel with a new assessment typology map, sending it to the CP.

4) In addition to the UC program, all information on the plans referred to in 2 and the assessment referred to in 3, after approval by the Coordinator, must be placed on the UC page.
Finally, the CP with the CG will organize sessions for sharing the experiences of several professors from various departments, either in continuous assessment, teaching and distance learning, or in remote experimental teaching.

We would like to remind you of the following references:
i) Course Coordination Regulation, in particular points 2. and 3.
ii) the Teacher Training Program for the 1st semester 2020/21 started on February 4 and will run until March 4, 2021.
iii) SaRTRE – Sharing Remote Teaching and Research Experiences (, guidelines for teaching and assessment at a distance, to support the professors and students.
 iv) Forum SaRTRE (, forum for sharing Good Teaching and Research Practices.
v) Online Study Rooms: consist of a virtual space that allows students to know and share learning experiences, clarify doubts, solve exercises and review content in an academic sharing environment, between peers(