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‘Virtual class platform’ in education against coronavirus



After Dr. Fahrettin Koca, the Minister of Health, announced the first Coronavirus (Covid-19) case encountered in Turkey, the whole country gets alarmed. While the citizens that would like to protect from this pandemic spreading over 115 countries including Turkey have been taking personal precautions, public and private institutions have expanded their precautions. The institutions declared that they started cleaning and hygiene procedures in closed areas.

On the other hand, students and parents started to search for any information about the closure of schools. At this point, Senate of Nişantaşı University held an emergency meeting in order to evaluate the precautions to be taken against coronavirus. At the meeting, it was discussed what kind of a pathway will be followed in case of a possible interruption of formal education and about physical precautions that are taken in scope of warnings of World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health.

VIRTUAL CLASS PLATFORM

Prof. Dr. Şenay Yalçın, the Rector of Nişantaşı University, reported the decisions taken by the Senate and said, “We observe that universities interrupt their education in scope of prevention of the virus from spreading in many countries due to coronavirus. The Senate of our university gathered immediately in order to negotiate an emergency action plan by estimating that Council of Higher Education (YOK) may take the similar precautions in our country due to coronavirus that broke out in Turkey. Our students’ educational processes will not be interrupted thanks to our virtual class platform that allows distance live learning on both computer and mobile devices by the help of infrastructure of information technologies and communication provided in our NeoTech campus.”

PHYSICAL PRECAUTIONS ENHANCED

Prof. Dr. Şenay Yalçın stated that the university is fully-equipped for online education and also they have taken several physical precautions, and exclaimed, “Our primary priority is our students’ health. For that reason, we have taken all necessary physical precautions notified by World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health. Warnings about protection from the infection and personal hygiene were placed at various points on the campus. Notification notes were shared both in Turkish and English with our academic and administrative staff and students. In addition, we have placed hand sanitizers at different points. We have been cleaning the surfaces where a hand can be in contact with alcohol-based disinfectants. We have turned off heat recovery devices, so we provide 100% clean air circulation”.

Release date: 11.03.2020
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