All students are forced to work from home, deprived of a university library and sometimes without news of their establishment.
Social networks, videoconferencing, drive, specialized platforms… All the means are good to continue to follow the courses. With the coronavirus epidemic, the government has announced the closure of all schools until further notice. Millions of students have to adapt to this exceptional situation. While some institutions have adapted quickly, this is not the case everywhere, especially at the university.
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Some higher education establishments reacted very quickly. For Clément, a second year student of DCG (Diploma in Accounting and Management) at Charles Péguy in Marseille, everything was put in place by his school after a board of directors where the teachers had clear directives. "Our schedule is almost unchanged, and instead of lessons we have either videoconferences on Zoom or lessons with teachers on Google Classroom, he explains. You can't do exactly the same as in class, but there will be no change in the content of the work. We were told that we will have work to do every week by email or on Google Classroom, so my schedule and my pace of work will not differ that much. ”
"With videoconferencing lessons, nothing should change in my work schedule"
Same story for Alexis, a first-year student at Kedge Marseille, who will not have to change his work habits either because his schedule and his courses should remain unchanged: "Normally, starting next Monday, we will have all our videoconference lessons on Learn, the student platform of Kedge BS, so nothing should change in my work schedule"
In college, students forced to fend for themselves
If student support differs between schools, it is much more complicated at university. If videoconference or Q&A classes are to take place in the coming days, students are currently on hold. Many have generally started working on their own, as is the case of Louis, a first-year student of Staps at the University of Marseille: "At the moment, we have no lessons, so I do my own revision schedule. I rely on materials that I have been able to recover from students of the past year, I revise my courses for the end of the year partials, and I do the homework to be returned. I try to organize myself so that I can have a daily work rhythm similar to usual. "
A second year law student at the University of Aix, Louis is also in the same situation: "It’s all blurry about lessons, exams and homework, so we have to work on our side. Since Monday, I have been revising my courses and making files, and I have time to make them as complete as possible. " But here too, the revision conditions are more complicated than usual: "Since we are in confinement and the university libraries are closed, I have to work from home, which can be more difficult to concentrate on."
”Questioned on this point by Le Figaro Etudiant, Gilles Roussel, president of the CPU (Conference of the presidents of universities), affirmed Wednesday March 18: "We put everything in place progressively so that education with" "platforms on which we work do not have the capacity '' accommodate as many simultaneous connections, they are overloaded. We are trying to find alternative solutions, but the majority of students will not be able to attend videoconference courses. ”