Teaching in the autumn semester of 2020 in light of the coronavirus
On 3 September 2020, Lund University’s vice-chancellor made a new decision in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The decision mainly covers education-related matters and entails that teaching and assessment is again permitted on the University’s premises as of 15 June 2020. This is provided that the Swedish Public Health Agency’s rules, general guidelines and recommendations to reduce the spread of infection are observed. The decision’s registration number is STYR 2020/251.
The vice-chancellor’s decision also entails that:
- Online teaching and assessment are to be preceded by an application for a deviation from the approved syllabus in cases where this concerns campus-based teaching.
- Teaching and assessment involving physical presence are to be preceded by a specific risk assessment concerning the risk of spreading Covid-19.
The faculty’s decision
The dean of the Faculty of Science has made a decision on the application in practice of the vice-chancellor’s decision of 11 June. The dean’s decision has the registration number STYR 2020/1150.
The decision is a complement to the vice-chancellor’s decision and covers the following areas:
- Online teaching and assessment.
- Specific risk assessment of campus-based teaching and assessment.
- Prioritisation of campus-based teaching and assessment.
- Preparations for conceivable scenarios.
Online teaching and assessment
Teaching and assessment during the autumn semester of 2020 may be conducted online via digital tools in the same way as during the latter part of the spring semester of 2020. Approved syllabi for the autumn semester of 2020 can be changed temporarily, if necessary, in order to conduct teaching and assessment digitally.
Specific risk assessment of campus-based teaching and assessment
Teaching and assessment conducted on the University’s premises during the autumn semester of 2020 are to be preceded by a specific risk assessment concerning the risk of spreading Covid-19. The University’s decisions as well as the Swedish Public Health Agency’s rules, general guidelines and recommendations are to be observed.
The risk assessment is to be carried out according to the following:
- A risk assessment is conducted for each course.
- The head of department assigns the person who is to conduct the risk assessment.
- Implementation of the risk assessment is to be documented using a special form that has been sent to heads of department and directors of studies. The form contains detailed instructions on how to carry out the risk assessment and where the completed form is to be sent.
If it is not possible to take measures to reduce the spread of infection due to the layout of the premises or because of other circumstances, teaching and assessment of the students’ performance are to be carried out via digital tools.
Prioritisation of campus-based teaching and assessment
When it comes to teaching and assessment on the University’s premises, priority should be given to education that is impossible, or possible only with great difficulty, to carry out via digital tools.
The following components and student groups are to be prioritised (in no particular order) when it comes to campus-based teaching and assessment.
- Assessment that is impossible, or possible only with great difficulty, to carry out via digital tools.
- Teaching components with practical or laboratory elements.
- Field studies and practical activities that cannot be carried out in an alternative way.
- International students whose residence permits may be affected if the proportion of teaching carried out digitally is too high.
- Teaching and introductory components for students starting their studies at the University in the autumn semester of 2020. The departments are urged to plan for a good reception – both digitally and campus-based.
- Teaching and assessment that should be conducted with physical presence for students who are finalising their studies.
The faculty’s departments are to prioritise among different forms of teaching. Affected student groups are to have access to clear information on which components are to be conducted on campus and which will be carried out using various digital tools.
Preparations for conceivable scenarios
The faculty’s education activities are to be prepared to adapt to the following scenarios:
- Scenario A: Teaching on the University’s premises with no restrictions, i.e. under normal conditions. Lessons learned from online teaching are to be utilised in this scenario, and digital applications that have proved successful should continue to be used.
- Scenario B: Campus-based teaching with the restriction of a maximum of 50 people on the premises without a requirement for physical distancing.
- Scenario C: Campus-based teaching with no restriction on the maximum number of people on the premises, but with a requirement for physical distancing.
- Scenario D: A return to digital teaching and assessment, i.e. in the same way as teaching was conducted in the latter part of the spring semester of 2020.