Mid Sweden University continues teaching – online

Mid Sweden University is following the government’s recommendations and will introduce online learning for all programmes effective from Wednesday.

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– It is important to understand that we are not closing our programmes. Students will still receive teaching but effective from tomorrow it will not take place on campus. Instead, we will shift to online learning as soon as possible, says Anders Fällström, vice chancellor at Mid Sweden University.

Mid Sweden University’s Crisis Management Committee met this morning to discuss the consequences of the governments recommendation that all teaching at higher education institutions be done remotely.

Key announcements so far:

-          Effective from tomorrow, there will be no teaching on campus. All teaching will move to online learning as soon as possible.

-          Staff must ensure they are able to work from home if necessary and meetings should be held digitally where possible.

-          Exams and assessments that require on-campus presence and cannot be done remotely will be postponed until the next scheduled opportunity.

-          PhD defences will go ahead. Inbound examination committee members and opponents will attend remotely through digital means.

-          Mid Sweden University also advises against inbound audiences and will instead provide affected parties the option to follow the defence remotely through digital means.

-          All facilities on campus in Östersund and Sundsvall will be locked. Entering will require MIUN card and code. The buildings where the Library and Service Centre are located will remain open on both campus.

– The new situation will of course be a significant challenge for both staff and students, but we started this transition at the end of last week to be prepared in case these recommendations were to be announced. Given the situation, we really benefit from our experience of teaching distance learning programmes for many years now, says Anders Fällström

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