How education is being carried out at Chalmers in autumn

In order to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus further, teaching in the autumn is being carried out with a mixture of remote and campus-based education. For educational and social reasons, Chalmers sees it important and necessary for certain parts of our education, for example, laboratory exercises, simulations or group work, to be carried out on campus. Such teaching elements is, therefore, taking place on campus, to the extent that the authorities’ recommendations allow. This applies to all Chalmers education, both undergraduate and master’s level.

During the spring semester 2020, Chalmers quickly switched to remote education for all courses, due to the coronavirus outbreak. This rapid change taught us many lessons and has improved Chalmers' capacity to conduct good teaching, even remotely. This experience is now being utilised in the autumn semester 2020.

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.  

For the autumn semester, the following applies to all Chalmers education:

  • Teaching elements and examinations that are considered important to carry out on campus may go ahead on campus. This could include laboratory exercises, simulations or projects, for example. The size of groups shall be judged in relationship to the size of the rooms being used, considering social distancing and the authorities’ recommendations. A risk analysis of those elements taking place on campus shall also be carried out. 
  • General teaching must be carried out remotely.
  • 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 semester, are able to participate in all education remotely, for as long as such restrictions remain in place.
  • Chalmers management will regularly review the extent to which teaching can be carried out on campus, based on the authorities' recommendations for the higher education sector.
  • Internships (VFU) and vessel-based education (FFU) can be carried out provided that the authorities' recommendations on social distancing are followed and a risk analysis is done.
  • Students who study at departments integrated between Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg receive special advice on how to interpret instructions which differ between the two universities.
  • Courses at bachelor’s level with English as the language of instruction which have international students who cannot take part in campus-based education because of restrictions related to Covid-19 must be able to participate and be examined remotely. 
Because the conditions and restrictions from the authorities can change quickly, Chalmers is ready to make new decisions later. 

Information for our master's students 

For master's degree programmes, the same basic conditions apply as for other courses at Chalmers, that is, teaching elements and examinations which are important to carry out physically may be carried out on campus, provided that the authorities' recommendations on social distancing are followed and a risk analysis is carried out.

Depending on the global situation in the autumn, it may be difficult or impossible for admitted students to travel to Sweden before the start of semster, due to travel restrictions. It may also be difficult to get residence permits in time. Therefore, for international students who cannot be on campus from the beginning of the autumn semester, all activities that take place on campus should also be possible to participate in remotely. 

International students will be able to take part remotely in campus-based education at any time.

Incoming exchange students 2020

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 . As an exchange student, you must appear at Chalmers at the start of the autumn semester in order to participate in the exchange. It will not be possible to participate in the exchange remotely or to join later during the semester. If you want to move your exchange to the spring s​emester 2021, you can do so in consultation with your home university, if it can be done without affecting the other students. For exchanges with a accommodation guarantee, housing cannot be guaranteed if the exchange is moved to another semester.​

Upcoming decisions

  • A new decision for the spring semester 2021 is planned to be made by 30 October at the latest.
As conditions and restrictions from the authorities can change quickly, Chalmers may have to make new decisions later. In case of eased or discontinued restrictions, education can be increasingly held on campus, with continued opportunity for international students to participate remotely, if they need to do so due to Covid-19 related restrictions.

Comprehensive information on the Covid-19 situation

At you will find comprehensive information and instructions on the situation regarding Covid-19. The information is continuously updated.

Practical questions about remote education

Is there anything in 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.

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 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.

There are also several software programs that you can download and install on your own computer, see more at Studentportalen / Contact / IT support / Software.

Use student computers from home:

StuDAT Windows
StuDAT Linux

Does my insurance apply when I study remotely?
Personal injury insurance for students, which is  an 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 home 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. You can log in with your Chalmers account. It is also possible to use other communication and collaboration platforms which are available.

May teachers record livestreamed lectures and publish it on Canvas? 

Recording a lecture constitute personal data processing if a student risks being included picture or having their speech recorded. To minimize the risks of personal data being spread without a student's approval, the lecturer should start by telling them that the lecture will be recorded and that those who do not want to risk being caught on picture / sound may turn off their camera and ask any questions via chat instead of by speech. The filmed lecture may only be shared in a closed Canvas room open only to the course participants and may not be used in future teaching (eg. if the lecture were to be given online another time). The filmed lecture must also be deleted after the course is completed.​

Published: Tue 15 Sep 2020.