Each student, depending on his or her health situation or personal condition, will be able to choose whether to attend classes in presence or remotely throughout the whole period of the course.

The next academic year at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore will take place regularly and safely. Each student can choose whether to attend frontal lectures in presence or remotely. Those who wish to attend in presence will be able to return to frontal lectures in all the five campuses of our University, in compliance with safety regulations, within the limits and numbers allowed by social distancing. Those who - for public health reasons, for reasons of personal health, for distance or economic convenience and for the possible rotation of accesses - will opt not to attend in presence will be able to attend lectures at home throughout the course of the academic year.

"Everything possible in presence, everything necessary remotely" is, in fact, the philosophy of #eCatt, the plan of our University that offers an integrated teaching method mixing traditional frontal teaching methods - with students and teachers present in the same room - and digital communication, which will allow all students to study from home, without any delays and with full access to all learning opportunities.

#eCatt can help students who will not be able to reach the Campus to beupdated with the teaching schedule even if they are far from the University. In order to implement the plan, the University has provided financial resources amounting to €3.5 million, which, in addition to the €1 million initially allocated to the Fondo salva studi Agostino Gemelli, includes investments in digital teaching made possible by the technological upgrading of the 500 classrooms at Università Cattolica.

"In a situation still full of uncertainties, Università Cattolica, with the #eCatt project, has structured its activities to enable the full enjoyment of teaching activities both in presence, in compliance with all the health standardsrequired, and remotely, thanks to advanced technological infrastructures", says Antonella Sciarrone Alibrandi, pro-rector of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

Since the first day of the suspension of frontal activities (24 February) Università Cattolica has ensured the regular course of study to all members of its faculties. As of 30 May, 1,877 teachers have carried out a total of 37,419 distance learning lectures, with 26,564 recorded video-lectures uploaded to Blackboard, the University's Learning Management System platform; 10,855 live lectures broadcast live with students connected at the same time and carried out through Collaborate Ultra, one of the most innovative tools of Blackboard. A total of 875 exams were held regularly between 18 March and 28 May, while 360 graduation sessions were held between 11 March and 28 May.

Thus, while waiting to return to live social relationships in presence, to rediscover the value of professors and students meeting to create awareness, knowledge and competence, Università Cattolica will ensure a teaching model that allows all the students enrolled in a degree programme to participate in teaching activities even remotely, with live streamed lessons (the classrooms are equipped with the possibility to broadcast live), video recordings, support teaching material and constant interaction with professors/lecturers.

Remote (but not virtual) didactics,is the result of a strategic alliance of skills between iLab, the e-learning service of Università Cattolica, Cremit, the Centre for Studies on Didactics, the Faculties, the Rector's delegate for didactics and the appointed committee of the Academic Senate. The integrated teaching will be designed according to the best scientific standards, which have proved effective in the months of emergency and which the University has further strengthened in view of the next academic year.

Exams and final examinations, which in many cases have already been held remotely through the Blackboard platform and through Microsoft Teams, will take place step by step as procedures are implemented.