The rector of the Federal University of Bahia, João Carlos Salles, was the guest of “ISC em Casa” this Wednesday (08). The project, promoted by the UFBA Institute of Collective Health, discussed the topic “Pandemic situation and the role of universities”, with live transmission over the internet.

During the session, the dean also answered questions sent by internet users regarding the suspension of activities and the main actions to confront UFBA in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rector encouraged the community to use remote technologies to keep in touch for the duration of the pandemic, but stressed that activities carried out remotely during this period cannot be used to replace face-to-face classes, since the academic calendar is officially suspended.

Regarding the possibility of expanding Distance Learning (EAD) at UFBA while face-to-face activities are suspended, Salles explained that “EAD is not something that can be done in an improvised way”, and that any action in this sense can only be carried out if there are guarantee of conditions of universal accessibility and maintenance of the high level of quality that characterizes UFBA’s teaching, research and extension activities.

The dean announced that the Central Administration will soon launch a survey to assess the conditions of access to computers and internet by students, as well as the mastery of the tools for carrying out remote activities that the faculty currently holds.

A Virtual Congress was also announced, with a vast program of conferences, tables and online seminars with researchers from UFBA and guests from other institutions, as well as a space for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, for through recorded videos.

The discussion was mediated by the director of ISC, Isabela Cardoso, and by professor Marcelo Castellanos, coordinator of the Institute’s Postgraduate Collegiate.

This was the second virtual seminar held by “ISC em Casa”, a project that aims to bring information to the community during the period of social isolation.