Chalmers has adjusted for all operations – education, research, utilisation and operations support – to carry on, but with all teaching, and the majority of employees’ daily tasks to be carried out remotely, from home.
We all have a joint responsibility for avoiding the spread of infection. So on Monday 23 March, study period 4 started, with teaching performed via digital tools only. The recommendation applies until the end of the semester.
In order to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus further, teaching in the autumn will be carried out with a mixture of remote and campus-based education. For educational and social reasons, Chalmers sees it necessary for certain parts of our education, for example laboratory exercises, simulations or group work, to be carried out on campus. Such teaching elements will therefore take place on campus, to the extent that the authorities’ recommendations allow. This applies to all Chalmers education, both undergraduate and master’s level.
Students on a master's programme with English as the language of instruction who, due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, cannot participate in campus-based teaching from the beginning of the autumn term, will be able to participate in all education remotely, for as long as such restrictions remain in place.
Work to create the best possible conditions for remote education is ongoing. Methods and ways of working vary between, and even within, courses. It is important that you keep yourself updated in the course rooms on Canvas for what is happening in your course.
Study visits and other student travels arranged by Chalmers are cancelled from now until 14 August. Students are encouraged to follow the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ travel advice for private journeys.
Is Chalmers closed?
All teaching during study period 4 is being carried out remotely. Chalmers’ campuses, however, are not closed. Lecture halls and classrooms are locked, but group rooms and computer labs are open to students with pass cards, until further notice.
What will happen to my study grants/loans from CSN?
Information in Swedish is available on CSN's website.
How is the university managing the risks of the coronavirus outbreak?
Chalmers is continuously monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and following recommendations and decisions from the Swedish authorities. Preparations are currently being made for different scenarios and their impact on Chalmers’ operations.
Will the education in the autumn also be carried out remotely?
I feel worried. Can I get help from Student Health?
Students who feel anxious can turn to Student Health
for support. Student Health is open as usual but will offer telephone and video visits to a greater extent than usual.
How are students being informed about the situation?
All students are encouraged to stay updated on www.chalmers.se/info for general information about Chalmers’ handling of the coronavirus. In the course rooms in Canvas you can stay updated on what applies to your specific courses.
Questions about the exams for study period 4 and the reexams in June and August 2020
Will my exam look the same as a normal exam?
No, probably not. The President has decided that the examiner for a course may change the form of the examination. The reason for this is to provide the possibility for the examiner to find the best and most reliable solution possible for the examination, in relation to the course's learning objectives and taking into account the number of students to be examined. For example, a remote written exam can be divided into several modules, such as a written and an oral part, to reduce the risk of collaboration between students.
Will I have as much time as a regular exam?
This is not certain. The examiners have been given the opportunity to use alternative forms of examination, and this may mean that the examination time is shortened to suit the new form.
Is it possible to double-test?
No, it is not possible to double-test (take two exams that are scheduled to go at the same time by delaying the time of one of the exams).
Can I take an exam without being registered for it?
No. It is not possible to take an exam without having registered for it. Only those who are registered can write the exam.
Is it possible to ‘plus’?
No. ‘Plussing’, that is, retaking an exam in a course you have already passed, to raise its grade, is not possible as we need to reduce the number of students who are taking exams for capacity reasons. Plussing will be allowed again when we have greater capacity for examinations.
Will the examination be anonymous?
No. The exam will not be anonymous as it is conducted remotely and alternative forms of examination may be used. Chalmers has no tools for maintaining anonymity under these conditions.
What tools will I be able to use in the exam?
As the examination takes place at a distance and it is not possible to check which aids students are using, all aids will be allowed. However, cooperation or help from other people is not permitted.
Are students with the right to an extended examination time also entitled to it now?
Yes. Students with a Nais certificate who are eligible for extended exam time have the opportunity to test with extended exam time or receive other adaptations to the examination. Typically, the exam administration administers custom examinations. During the period of remote examinations the routines are a bit different.
Will it be possible to get the highest grades (4 or 5)?
Yes. For graded courses, it will be possible to get the highest grade in these examinations. There may, however, be other forms of examination required to reach the grade boundaries.
Will it be possible på take other universities’ exams at Chalmers?
No. We cannot offer any exams from other universities to be done at Chalmers campus since all Chalmers exams are done remotely.
I don’t have access to this year’s Canvas page because I took the course at an earlier time, what can I do?
Contact the examiner for the course.
I will take an exam in a course which has closed, what can I do?
You will either be given access to a Canvas page on a course from autumn, or a special Canvas page will be created just for this exam. The examiner can answer questions about the exam.
How will Chalmers make sure no one is cheating when having remote exams?
The assessment that Chalmers has made is that the best way to maintain a reliable examination is to monitor students with the help of video streaming and with ID controls. The examiner can also divide the exam into several modules, such as a written and an oral part, to reduce the risk of collaboration between the students.
When and in what way will I receive information about my exam?
The exams will be different from course to course. In some courses more oral components will be included for example. You will find information about your exam in the Canvas course room. If you don’t know what course room you belong to, please contact your examiner.
In some cases, students from previous years haven’t yet been registered in the right course room, in those cases you may have to wait a little more before getting the information. Please contact your examiner if you have any questions.
Which exams during the re-exam period have been cancelled?
The exams for most courses from study period 2 in year 1 have been cancelled. Students affected by this were informed on Friday, 27 March. You will be able to retake your exam in the August period instead. Cancelled exams:
- ACE035 Byggnadsmaterial
- BOM195 Byggnadsmaterial
- BOM221 Fysik och kemi för samhällsbyggare
- EMI084 Kretsanalys
- FFM516 Mekanik 1
- IDY023 Ekonomisk analys 1: Ekonomisk kalkylering och styrning
- IDY024 Lönsamhetsanalys och styrning
- LEU432 Grundläggande datorteknik
- LEU470 Elektriska kretsar
- LEU482 Programutveckling
- LEU483 Programutveckling
- LKT105 Organisk kemi
- MMF176 Ingenjörsmetodik
- MMS090 Lasthantering och farligt gods
- MMS095 Handelsrätt
- MVE017 Matematisk analys i en variabel
- MVE465 Linjär algebra och analys fortsättning
- MVE525 Matematisk analys
- MVE570 Linjär algebra och differentialekvationer
- MVE580 Linjär algebra och differentialekvationer
- PPU156 Datorstödd maskinkonstruktion (CAD)
- SJM005 Terresternavigation och sjömanskap
- SJM010 Introduktion till lasthantering och fartygsstabilitet
- SJO151 Handelsrätt
- SJO561 Fartygsmaskinsystem
- SSY032 Grundläggande elteknik
- TDA540 Objektorienterad programmering
- TEK330 Arbetsorganisation
- TEK685 Produktionsutveckling
- TIN213 Programmeringsteknik
- TMA976 Matematisk analys, fortsättning
- TMV137 Matematisk analys i en variabel
- TMV138 Matematisk analys i en variabel
- TMV151 Matematisk analys i en variabel
- TMV181 Matematisk analys i en variabel
- TMV216 Linjär algebra.
Questions on remote exams and privacy
Please note that there may be practical differences between exams, depending on the design and nature of the exam. Information on your specific exam is available from the examiner and in the Canvas room for the course.
Why is Chalmers using these methods for remote exams?
In a very short time, Chalmers has been forced to switch its ordinary on-site exams to remote exams. Owing to procurement and GDPR rules, we are unable to use any IT tools and systems other than those we already have. Consequently, Chalmers will use a combination of Zoom and Canvas.
Chalmers’ Zoom installation is via SUNET (Swedish University computer Network) and is therefore separate from the public Zoom cloud. Read about Zoom security
Following an assessment, Chalmers has decided that the best way to ensure that exams are in full compliance with the law is to monitor students by means of video streaming and ID checks. Chalmers takes an equally tough approach to cheating in these exams as in ordinary on-site exams. Although all aids may be used, students taking these exams are subject to the same requirements as for ordinary exams. Any suspicion of cheating is reported to the Disciplinary Committee via the usual channels.
In addition to monitoring and ID checks, the exams will be designed differently from on-site exams. It is up to each examiner to design their exams.
When you take an exam, you must be alone in the room and you may not wear any earphones or similar.
Students cannot record exams via Zoom. Nor is it permitted to use any other recording technology during the exam.
Has any impact and risk analysis been carried out for student privacy in connection with video monitoring?
Yes. The personal data involved in the monitoring and ID checks is processed based on Chalmers’ decision (C2020-0688) that the necessity of checking that the exam is being implemented in a permissible manner outweighs any potential infringement of student privacy. It is difficult to reach a balance between student privacy, management of personal data and the task of the higher education institution to hold exams in full compliance with the law and ensure that we know that the right student took the exam.
What are the guidelines for what must be visible to the camera?
It is most important for the face to be visible, as the invigilator and the examiner must be able to see that the correct student is taking the exam. Nothing else is specified.
Chalmers encourages its students to use a virtual background or blurring to avoid the need to display their homes to each other. Anyone who prefers not to display their home may take the exam in a group room at Chalmers, for example (please note, however, that only one person may be in the room when taking a remote exam).
What are the requirements for sound during an exam?
You may have the volume turned down so that the sound from others does not bother you. However, it is unavoidable that students may hear sounds at another student’s home unless they turn the volume down.
The invigilator manages the mute/unmute function for student microphones. The invigilator switches on students’ microphones one by one at random intervals to check that there are no inappropriate sounds. If a student needs to ask the invigilator or examiner anything during the exam, they use the chat function. The invigilator can then move them to a separate breakout room where the examiner can answer questions.
What are the rules for toilet breaks?
The same applies as for an ordinary on-site exam. Toilet breaks are normally permitted, but you must notify the invigilator and make the break as short as possible. This will not be filmed, of course. If the exam is divided into sections, with submission of each section and a break between them, the examiner may specify that students may only visit the toilet in these breaks.
I have neither a computer with a webcam nor a phone with a working camera. What should I do?
Equipment may be borrowed in certain cases, but these options are very limited. If you do not have your own equipment, you need to contact the examiner to discuss a solution.
How and when should I hand in my exam?
You may not leave the Zoom room until your exam has been handed in as specified by the examiner. Exams are handed in in Canvas, and when the ordinary time for the exam has finished, you need to hand it in immediately. Each exam has a certain time for submission, approximately 30 minutes. The scanning and submission process itself must not be filmed. You should do a trial scan in advance. If you have any problems handing in your exam, you need to email your exam to the examiner.
Contact the examiner directly if you have any problems.
Practical questions about remote education
Is there anything in particular that I should think about regarding remote learning?
As a student, you are responsible for your own study situation and it is important that you establish good routines and a functioning structure for your homework, and that you take advantage of the information and instructions which are being continuously updated on websites and platforms.
Studentportalen has tips on how to make your studies work as smoothly as possible. The Study Counsellor for your programme can also support you in this situation and is available on weekdays via email or phone. Contact information can be found here
Is my schedule still valid?
You should consider your schedule to still apply, and that most courses will go ahead as planned. The scheduled times will be used for example live streaming of lectures, teacher contact or for tutorials. Stay informed through the course rooms in Canvas for how your course will proceed.
What is the situation for those who have degree projects or bachelor’s theses ongoing?
Contact your examiner to make an individual assessment.
What if I miss other forms of compulsory assessments because I get sick?
The same rules apply as for courses on campus. That is, if you miss compulsory assessments due to illness, you need to compensate for them later. Contact your examiner to discuss further if this occurs.
I don't have my own computer, what should I do?
As a student with a pass card, you can use the computer labs on campus as usual.
I need special programs to continue my course, that I do not have on my personal computer, what should I do?
The computer labs on campus are still open and you can work there if you need to. You can also connect to the Chalmers student computers remotely so that you can access software from home.
Use student computers from home:
Does my insurance apply when I study remotely?
Personal injury insurance for students, which is accident insurance that you, as a student, are covered by during school hours/internships in Sweden, does not apply if you study or participate in online education from home, at city libraries and so on. For accidents at home, you must have your own insurance.
For students who are covered by one of the policies Student IN / FAS / FAS plus and choose to stay in Sweden and participate in distance education, the insurance applies as usual. If you want to cancel your studies or participate in distance education from your home country, the trip to your home country is not covered. You are also not covered by any insurance from the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency in your home country, even if you conduct remote study at a Swedish college or university.
What tools should we as students use to collaborate?
Chalmers has no specific recommendations here. It is possible to form groups in Canvas and also use Microsoft Teams
, which contains many functions for sharing information, having digital meetings and communicating. Log in with your Chalmers account. It is also possible to use other communication and collaboration platforms which are available.
Students with special requirements
How will my note-taking support work?
It will work as usual. The note-taker will share his notes after the lecture.
How will my mentorship work?
Mentoring will continue. But you, together with your mentor, need to agree on alternative forms of meeting, for example via Skype or telephone.
How do I get in touch with a FUNKA coordinator?
The best way is to email firstname.lastname@example.org
. There will be the opportunity to meet the coordinator via Skype.
Students on exchange or travelling
I am on an exchange programme abroad, should I travel home to Sweden?
At the moment, no decision has been made as to whether Chalmers requests students who are abroad to return home. Currently, you can choose to remain where you are, which may be a safer option given the risk of getting stuck during the journey back to Sweden. Chalmers is following the developments and if a different decision is made, you will be informed.
If you have questions regarding insurance or need assistance in another way, you can contact Falck Global Assistance tel: + 46 8 587 71749 email: email@example.com
I am on an exchange programme abroad and cannot take part in the teaching. What shall I do?
Those who do not have the possibility to take part in teaching at their host university are able, as far as is possible, to take a course of 15hp at Chalmers, through the framework of the distance courses offered during study period 4. Speak to your contact person at Chalmers International Mobility
If the student or host university cancels the exchange, we cannot offer an alternative exchange. Neither can we prepare a place for you on a future exchange.
I normally attend a partner university and am on exchange at Chalmers. What shall I do?
Students who wish to can of course stay and take part in distance education. Students who wish, or have been requested, to return to their native countries, should follow the instructions from their native country. They should also message their coordinator at Chalmers International Mobility if they cancel the exchange or if they need support.
I plan to travel abroad during the spring. Can I proceed with my journey?
Study visits and other student travels arranged by Chalmers are cancelled from now until 14 August. Students are advised to follow the Ministry for Foreign Affair’s travel advice for private journeys.
I have recently been abroad. Can I move around the university premises?
Lecture halls and classrooms are locked, but group rooms and computer labs are open for the time being. If you have been abroad, and have returned home after 14 March, you must wait at least 14 days before you study with others, even if you are healthy and do not show symptoms.
I am planning an exchange studies this autumn. Will this be possible?
Students who have been accepted for exchange studies at one of Chalmers’ partner universities for the autumn semester 2020 may complete their exchange, provided that:
- The destination university is accepting exchange students.
- Parts of the education are campus-based.
- The country does not have entry restrictions that affect the student.
The exchange cannot be carried out remotely from Sweden.
Students who have been admitted for exchange studies at Chalmers for the autumn semester 2020 can carry out their exchange at Chalmers, provided that their home university allows it and that there are no travel restrictions to Sweden from their home countries.