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Covid-19 Advisory Note



Goal: To best of our ability, ensure both the physical and mental wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff

  • Physical wellbeing is the most dominant concern of our times and we live, breathe and work in an ecosystem where one break in the chain causes an exponential amount of anxiety and also spread of the virus.
  • Given that most of us have been cloistered inside our homes with little external contact and far too much of digital contact there are substantive concerns regarding mental health and emotional wellbeing too. This is not only for students of Srishti Manipal but also for the world at large.
  • Coping with norms of physical safety, mental and emotional wellbeing and ensuring this for a mixed age community of practitioners (Faculty and Staff) and aspiring practitioners (our student community) is indeed a challenge. We have not walked away from it but tried to create options that will allow a variety of methods to deal with this in situation/ person centric ways. Not a one size fits all set of rules. So here is our thinking as of today and we are working towards a “HERE/THERE/ANYWHERE” structure of delivering learning units as STUDIOS for the coming semester. The details of this are given below.

 

HERE THERE ANYWHERE Programmme:


Goals:

1. To schedule an implementable timetable for all courses so that students may continue or commence their studies while ensuring no dilution of our academic standards

2. To ensure all learning at Srishti Manipal continue to be contextual, relevant and appropriate for the present times, given the changes that are happening in both society and industry


Definitions

HERE is defined as offline, campus based studios.

THERE is defined as a virtual learning environment, comprising of both Synchronous (Simultaneous, Video Based such as Office 365, Zoom or Interactive White Boards) or Asynchronous (Independent, use of online digital learning environments such as Blackboard).

ANYWHERE – a blend of Home-Studios (instead of HERE) and THERE – to be done at each student’s location.


What does this look like;

  • Students who choose to come to Srishti Manipal and stay either in PGs and/or their own apartments/homes, will have classes in campus (HERE) and they will also participate in online learning or work in a self study mode which will be done at their PGs or flats or homes in Bengaluru. (THERE).
  • Students who choose to stay at home and study (ANYWHERE) will also have access to studio demonstrations by faculty via the Internet and will be able to participate in peer and faculty reviews, critique sessions and other studio experiences with their classmates through a curated online learning experience.
  • All studios planned will blend HERE, THERE & ANYWHERE so that a group of students in the studio will learn in different ways but with the same learning goals, and for the same credits but through a blended way of learning.


How do we plan to ensure social distancing for those who come HERE?

  • Our facilities team have measured all classrooms and accordingly made seating arrangements (individual ONLY no groups) for a finite number of students per classroom, in strict accordance to social distancing norms laid down by authorities.
  • We are therefore prepared to accommodate 30% of our student population to come on campus at any given time to attend classes, studios, etc. So students in Bengaluru may come for their HERE units to campus and then go back to their residences to take the online units marked as THERE.
  • No student or faculty shall spend more than the mandated time in class. At this time the health advisory is that half a day or 3 -4 hours provides the least risk.
  • All students and faculty will wear masks, gloves and lab coats/goggles for lab/workshops at all other times.
  • Each student and faculty will come to campus only once a day for either an AM slot or PM slot and do the remaining work online during the other slot. The AM slot shall be from 08:30 am to 11:30 am and the PM slot shall be from 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm. All classrooms shall be sanitized between 11:30 am and 01:30 pm.
  • At this point we are also discussing staggering these times so that all students do not enter and exit together. This is being worked out.


What are we planning for the HERE part of our programme?

  • Srishti Manipal has extensive facilities for making both screen-based, digital as well as physical manufacturing. Art and Design needs studio-based learning to have a large making or practical component. All units marked HERE will happen on campus in designated workshops, labs or classrooms with social distancing and other appropriate measures in place.
  • You may opt for the HERE programme for the full semester or just a cycle. We will send you a schedule or plan and invite a group of student to come HERE. We leave this up to you and your parents to decide. Your safety and wellbeing is paramount and we will help you to make this choice.
  • You may also take units offered in the THERE mode as planned. This will depend on your credit requirement and academic load.
  • Co-curricular activities that you can take online along with students from THERE & ANYWHERE include
    • Learning of languages (Hindi, Kannada, French, Spanish and hopefully one more foreign language).
    • Learning of music through online facilitation provided by the facilitators (Western, Carnatic and Hindustani Music).
  • Co-curricular activities that you can take along with students in the THERE programme either at our campus or at Centre for Sports Excellence.
    • Physical exercises and sports such as those allowed by the Sports Authority of India under its new rules for COVID-19 at the Centre for Sports Excellence.
    • Fitness exercises including our regular yoga sessions, martial arts as well dance and movement sessions with physical distancing at regular times on the open terrace of our new N2 campus.


What are we planning for the THERE part of our programme?

Srishti Manipal is planning for half a day working on your own- either in campus in specially arranged study halls or in your PGs/flats/Homes. These programmes complement the classroom contact time with time for practice, reflection and blended online learning.

This includes

  • Self-Study packs and workbooks with guided exercises and practice that are done and submitted on a due date for assessment (put up on our learning management system of Blackboard).
  • Zoom or Office 365 interactive sessions with all students, including master classes or webinars.
  • Online units taught by faculty using Office 365.
  • Co-curricular activities including the;
    • Learning of languages (Hindi, Kannada, French, Spanish and hopefully one more foreign language).
    • Learning of music through online facilitation provided by the facilitators (Western, Karnataka and Hindustani Music).
    • Physical exercise such as those allowed by the Sports Authority of India under its new rules for COVID at the Centre for Sports Excellence.
    • Fitness exercises including our regular yoga sessions, martial arts as well dance and movement with physical distancing at regular times on the open terrace of our new N2 campus.
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What are we planning for the ANYWHERE part of our programme?

ANYWHERE is your home studio. Each student who is going to study from home must have a clear and private space marked as HOME STUDIO, with enough space for MAKING and STORING artifacts/drawings to be produced as part of learning.

ANYWHERE will include all components of HERE & THERE such as

  • Video sessions including lab/studio demonstrations using our workshops and studios to supplement and complement the Self Learning Home Studio pack.
  • Self-paced practice workbooks with guided exercises and practice that are done and submitted on a due date for assessment.
  • Online Zoom or Office 365 interactive sessions with all students, including master classes or webinars.
  • Online units taught by faculty using Office 365. (common with students on the HERE & THERE programmes).
  • Co-curricular activities including the;
    • Learning of languages (Hindi, Kannada, French and Spanish).
    • Learning of music through online facilitation provided by the facilitators (Western, Carnatic and Hindustani Music).
    • Fitness exercises including our regular yoga sessions, as well dance and movement with online streaming at regular times.