Corona: Decision on teaching format in the spring semester

2020-11-05 

The Vice-chancellor has taken the decision that courses and programmes will be taught in the announced format, but with adaptations to the pandemic. Course modules that cannot be carried out safely will be taught remotely.

The decision means that basically the same guidelines used for the autumn semester will apply. Below, updated information regarding the ongoing autumn semester is provided.

“Predicting what the situation will be like in the spring is of course hard, but after consideration I take the view that we will be able to carry on in basically the same way as we have been doing now this autumn semester with a mix between campus and web-based teaching,” says Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm.

The University follows decisions by and recommendations from the Swedish Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden, which means that this decision may need to be adapted during the semester.

“Priority is given to degree programme students in their first year, to examinations and to obligatory course components when we plan campus teaching,” Ylva Fältholm says.

Campus-based programmes and courses will be taught on campus if possible

The decision means that campus-based programmes and courses will be taught on campus, if coronavirus-related restrictions allow them to be. However, campus-based course components may be taught remotely.

Some programmes and courses that normally are taught remotely contain campus-based course components, and some of these course components may be taught remotely, if they cannot be carried out safely due to the pandemic.

The decision on how to conduct teaching in the spring semester means that campus-based courses do not need to be offered in a web-based teaching format.

“Teachers and course coordinators have been doing, and continue to do, a great job regarding planning and teaching in the present circumstances. I understand that the pandemic has generated extra work for the whole organisation. The challenge for us is to remain persistent and build on what we have learned this year when we plan for the next semester,” Ylva Fältholm says.

International exchanges can be offered

International exchanges (Erasmus, Linnaeus Palme and Minor Fields Studies) can be offered
for ingoing as well as outgoing students in the spring semester of 2021. However, all exchanges need to follow recommendation from MFA.

The decision for the spring semester applies from 18 January until 6 June 2021.

A decision regarding summer courses will be taken at the end of January.

A decision on whether staff should work from home at a later stage

“Whether members of staff should work from home or not will be discussed later on,” says Maria Strand, head of the Division of Educational Support and chair of the University Coordination Committe for Pandemic-related Measures. “Possibly, the Public Health Agency of Sweden will issue new recommendations, so we will return to this issue in December and give everyone more information then.”

Regarding events and conferences in the coming year, no decisions have been taken as yet, because the Coordination Committee would like to wait for a while longer. However, it has already been decided that the Academic Ceremony will be moved from April to 7-8 October.

Teaching and examination will be carried out according to plan in the autumn semester

In the autumn semester, teaching in campus-based courses and programmes are taught in a special mix: both on campus and, in certain cases, remotely. The University’s teaching and examination will be carried out according to our earlier plan, even though there are stricter general recommendations for some regions in Sweden.

Swedish authorities’ website for crisis information, krisinformation.se, states that people with no symptoms can travel in Sweden, but everyone should keep a distance to others and avoid congestion.

Students who are unable to participate in teaching for different reasons can try to make up for their absence by contacting fellow students or, if possible, the course coordinator. If a student cannot be present at an examination, the student will have to wait for the re-take.

University of Gävle is engaged in a dialogue with the county medical officer in Region Gävleborg regarding possible local restrictions.

Campus hosts to limit congestion

The University Coordination Committe for Pandemic-related Measures has decided to introduce so-called “campus hosts” next week. Their goal is to find out when and where there are crowds and then urge, remind and encourage everyone to keep a safe distance.

“We have noticed that there is some congestion during breaks and around entrances,” Maria Strand says. “We receive questions regarding this issue, and for this reason, we will try to introduce campus host for a few hours a couple of days a week starting week 46.”

University of Gävle continues to follow the 50-person limit rule both regarding teaching and meetings for the rest of the year.

Students can find more information here.

Published by: Anna-Carin Skytt Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2020-11-05
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