Information on  teaching arrangements

The University of Eastern Finland has fully switched to distance studying and closed its campuses in accordance with the instructions given by the Finnish Government on 16 March. We will aim to secure our students’ graduation within the normative duration of studies, and all teaching staff is obliged to find different ways of organising teaching.

On this website, we have gathered guidelines and recommendations which we hope will ease your work under these exceptional circumstances.

Distance teaching

  • All teaching will be conducted as distance teaching. This applies to public defences of doctoral theses as well.
  • Due to possible issues with capacity, lectures ought to primarily be carried out as recordings instead of streaming.
  • Online learning guidelines (tools, recording, examinations): http://www.uef.fi/en/etaopetuksen-valineita
  • In Teams, a joint, open to all, group ”UEF IT etätyö ja etäopetuksen tuki” has been created to provide IT-support for distance teaching and distance working. There is also a peer network for teachers in Teams.
  • Oppitupa and IT Services provide support at servicedesk@uef.fi.
  • For the time being, teachers’ support services are also on call on the evenings and weekends.

Teachers in charge of study units

The Board of the University of Eastern Finland has decided that the teachers, who carry a primary responsibility for individual study units, have the authority to decide the methods in which said study units are taught and how those study units are evaluated.

The Board’s decision also states that the teacher in charge has the authority to alter the evaluation scale when alterations to teaching methods are made.

The Academic Rector has decided that the authority given to individual teachers to decide on their teaching for the duration of the exceptional circumstances also pertains to defining the time in which exams and other assignments are assessed and their results published.
Teachers can now, at their own discretion and for compelling/justified reasons, deviate from the Study Regulations’ three-week time limit and possibly granted one-week extension, while taking reasonability into consideration. In other words, teachers can take extra time for assessing exams and assignments and for publishing their results.  However, students must always be notified of the matter as well as of when their results will be published.

 

Checklist for teachers

  • Plan and execute changes in relation to the learning outcomes of a study unit
  • If need be, consult the person responsible for the subject / the school’s (vice) head of the department
  • Make sure that changes to the WebOodi study unit descriptions as well as course data are made as soon as possible
  • Inform the students, who have registered for the course, about the changes on WebOodi
  • In accordance with the unit’s guidelines, students are notified through other means as well (e.g. Yammer or study communities)
  • The teacher produces a written document about changes in teaching modes as well as possible changes to the evaluation scale (e.g. an email will suffice)
  • The teacher sends the decision about the changes to the amanuensis/training coordinator/study secretary, who compiles the changes and forwards them to the person in charge of the curriculum (Henni Nevalainen, Kaisa Laitinen, Mervi Silaste, Minna Paronen, Lauri Tolkki)

 

Entrance examinations

  • We are trying to reach a nationwide policy amongst all universities in order to treat all applicants equally.
  • Principally, all admissions are carried out in accordance with the admission requirements.
  • More information about arranging the entrance examinations will be provided at a later date.