The Voronezh State University will switch to online education from Tuesday, March 17. This was reported to a RIA Voronezh correspondent by the press service of the university. Classes in the lecture halls of the Voronezh State University were canceled for two weeks. Because of the threat of the spread of coronavirus, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation recommended organizing remote training in higher education institutions of the country.

As rector Dmitry Yendovitsky explained, the interaction between students and teachers will be carried out exclusively in the electronic information environment using the Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.

“This is one of the largest online learning platforms in the Black Earth Region containing electronic educational and methodological complexes in all disciplines of educational programs and allowing you to receive consultations online. This will allow organizing a non-contact educational process before special orders. In addition, students have online access to the electronic database of the Zonal Scientific Library,” Dmitry Yendovitsky noted.

A the university officials explained, in two weeks, appropriate corrective measures will be taken as the situation develops.

“A session of the regional headquarters on the prevention of the importation and spread of the coronavirus infection in the region will be held in Voronezh, where various options for the development of events in the education system will be considered. A decision will be made - whether we continue the educational process or switch to remote education or declare a vacation. By the end of the day on March 16, an order will be prepared by the Department of Education of Science and Youth Policy of the Voronezh Region to notify the subordinate institutions on the path we will take,” Galina Ivanova, the First Deputy Head of the Department of Education, commented on the situation.

Earlier, Voronezh medical students launched an online petition in which they asked to be switched to remote training. The students suggested that the administration of the Voronezh State Medical University temporarily made lectures and seminars online and postpone colloquiums and supervision events. In order to prevent the spread of viral diseases, the Voronezh Institute of Arts postponed the Open Doors Day.