Distance education and campus-based education this autumn
As a result of the governments' decision to withdraw the recommendation of distance education, the University will open up for more campus-based education this autumn, but with continuous limitations and elements of distance education to avoid congestion and limit the number of people on campus at the same time, to ensure we are following the restrictions from the Public Health Agency.
The University management has decided to prioritise first-year students on campus, as new students need more support in learning and understanding how it is to study at Halmstad University. However, all campus-based programmes will have some parts of their education on campus. Your schedule will show which elements in your courses will be done on campus or via distance.
It is too early to give information on the exact setup of the education taking place this autumn, but you will be informed as soon as there is more decisions made regarding your studies and your education.
The University is now planning for the autumn semester as below, however it can’t be ruled out that distance education as a rule can be applied again if the situation calls for it.
- Mandatory or crucial elements in the education which are not possible to conduct via distance, are being done on campus.
- Examinations which are normally conducted on campus should be done on campus if possible.
- All educational elements, with more participants than the Public Health Agency recommends, should be conducted via distance, in smaller groups or be adjusted in a way that ensures that the recommendations are being followed.
- Facilities for education will be adjusted to enable social distancing.
- Schedules will be adjusted to ensure that not too many students are at campus at the same time.
It’s important to remember that Swedish Higher Education Institutions are independent authorities, with different prerequisites and in charge of their own routines. It is therefore natural that various universities have different solutions to how the daily operations should be conducted, for example how to conduct education in this extreme situation.
- The University's Study Support Centre can give useful tips for effective distance learning as well as support with study techniques and how you can improve your academic writing.
Study Support Centre
- Halmstad University uses the digital tools Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate for e-meetings, online teaching and e-seminars. Via Blackboard you can easily log in to Zoom, you will find the link under 'Student services'.
- If you experience any technical problems with any of the digital tools that you are currently using in your distance studies, you can report this to IT support via helpdesk.
Report error in helpdesk
General questions regarding your studies in relation to the corona virus should be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening hours, facilitites and support functions
Due to the current situation some of the faciltities at campus are closed and you need your access card to enter them. As a student you have access to the facilities in which your school is operating. In these buildings you have access to study areas, computer rooms and project rooms. In case you need access to a computer and wi-fi you can also use the general study areas on campus.
The support functions at Halmstad University has increased the possibilties for digital meetings and limited the amount of physical meetings during the pandemic. Please find below the web page for each support function, where you can find more information about opening hours and points of contact.
Disability and learning support
Student Healthcare Centre
Study and career councelling
Study Support Centre
How to act responsible to reduce the risk of spreading infection
Keep social distance
When being present at campus it is especially important to keep social distance in order to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. The Campus area has been adjusted in order to follow the Public Health Agency's recommendations to avoid close contact and crowds. Group rooms and study areas has been refurnished so that the seast are further apart. It is important that you read the instructions on all signs and respect the barriers and distance marks.
Stay at home if you are feeling ill
In accordance with the Public Health Agency's updated recommendation, all students (and staff) with symptoms of respiratory infection, such as runny nose, cough or fever, are urged to stay at home and avoid social contacts that may cause the spread of infection. This also applies for mild symptoms.
Wash your hands
Be careful with your hand hygiene! Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and do not touch your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
In case of new recommendations and decisions
The University bases its decisions on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency and the government, as well as on ensuring, as far as possible, the teaching of students. We will inform you as a student as soon as any new decisions have been made, primarily via this page. However, in order for us to be able to reach you quickly if the situation calls for it, it is important that you check that your contact details in Student Ladok are updated and correct.
Keep yourself updated via the Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Foregin Affairs' webpages and apps. Avoid spreading rumours!
Public Health Agency
Krisinformation.se (general information from different Swedish authorities about the corona virus in English)
1177.se – The Public Healthcare Guide
Ministry of Foreign Affairs