Some best practices of remote teaching in spring 2020

[Briefly in English below]

Helsingin yliopisto siirtyi etäopetukseen maaliskuussa vain muutaman päivän varoitusajalla. Loppukeväästä tiedekuntatasolla heräsi ajatus kerätä opettajien kokemuksia haastatteluilla: kyselylomakkeet ja tilastotiedot eivät tavoita sitä, miltä opetus todella tuntui. Erityisesti kulmaksi otettiin parhaiden käytäntöjen löytäminen – mitä tästä pakotetusta digiloikasta voidaan ammentaa opetuksen kehittämiseen?

Tässä kirjoituksessa esittelen joitakin poimintoja haastatteluista: lisää julkaistaan kesän mittaan.

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On-line Thesis: A simple method for supportive thesis supervision that also works in distant learning environment

Many students face challenges with their Master’s or Bachelor’s thesis work process. Getting started may feel difficult due to the infamous “blank page syndrome”, and structuring the work can feel difficult. Sometimes questions are tricky to communicate to the supervisors, or their advice is forgotten before the student gets back at their desk. Supervisors may also be difficult to reach, if they are located in different departments or institutions, and if they are unaware of each other’s comments to the work, the supervision process may become inefficient.

In our supervision pilot, we found that one way to tackle these issues is to encourage the student to do an on-line thesis in a shared process with the supervisors. Continue reading

Tentit koronatilanteessa / Exams under the corona situation

Hyvät Kumpulan opiskelijat /
Dear students in Kumpula,

The Faculty of Science has published a page on exam arrangements under the corona situation:
https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen-tiedekunta/tentit-koronatilanteessa-exams-under-the-corona-situation
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MSc admission statistics – a new record for the Faculty of Science

337 students have been accepted to the MSc programmes of the Faculty of Science. A record number of 1281 applications were received this year. The share of those admitted was 26.3%.

Congratulations to all accepted students and welcome to Kumpula! Continue reading

Kumpula Learning Together Colloquium continues online – two insights into learning and teaching

[In Finnish below]

Kumpula Colloquium continues online with two talks by Teemu Leinonen (29th April) and Göte Nyman (6th May).

On Wednesday 29th April at 14:15 Associate professor of New Media Design and Learning Teemu Leinonen (Aalto university) will speak on “Mirrorworld(s) — the next digital (learning) platform?” Leinonen is a researcher of New Media, e-learning and collaborative learning, and will focus on his talk to the augmented reality and its possibilities in teaching and learning.

You can join Leinonen’s talk (on Zoom) using this link
Password for the event: 969402

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