Information about education regarding COVID-19
[Updated 2022-02-07] This information briefing to Karolinska Institutet’s staff is updated continually as reports come in on the spread of the virus.
- The Swedish Public Health Agency and the government will phase out most measures against COVID-19 on 9 February. In terms of teaching, this means that the president’s request to conduct digital teaching is removed.
KI emphasises the importance of staying at home if you get symptoms and follow the Public Health Agency’s instructions
The Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommend that universities and institutes of higher learning that have conducted their teaching partly remotely, gradually return to onsite teaching. Students are advised to look at their schedule for updates regarding which lectures and courses are held digitally and which are given on-site.
With regard to on-site training (VFU), it is important that it is the healthcare regulations that apply.
With increased vaccination coverage, the international pandemic situation is changing. What applies in different countries can change with short notice. KI advises students planning to study abroad to closely monitor the situation in the receiving country, to follow the Sweden’s Foreign Ministry's current travel restrictions and what applies to enter the receiving country.
More information about studies abroad can be found on the page Information regarding exchange studies and studies abroad, related to the coronavirus.
Questions and answers
How should you approach learning outcomes and grading limits? Can students be approved even if parts of the course cannot be completed due to special events?
Answer: When adapting the examination, the content and learning outcomes, as well as the level of expected skills, knowledge, and abilities for the course may not be changed, removed, or lowered.
In other words, students should not be given a passing grade if they do not achieve the defined learning outcomes, even if they are not at fault. The examiner may decide on additional tasks so students can fulfill learning goals in other ways. However, it may be difficult to find alternatives for on-site training (VFU) and examinations of other educational forms with practical elements.
How do you handle on-site training (VFU) that is "interrupted" by caregivers/employers, if the student becomes ill, or when other examinations with practical educational elements cannot be carried out?
Answer: KI's Guidelines for examinations state, among other things: "[if] a student misses part of or is unable to complete a placement with a valid reason, the student should, however, be given the opportunity to complete the on-site training (VFU) at a later date".
The above statement may be considered to apply to the VFU, degree projects with practical educational forms, and other practical training elements.
According to KI, "valid reason" includes situations where students' study situation is adversely affected without the student being able to influence this. E.g. that caregivers decide that educational activities can no longer be carried out in the care facility or that the student becomes ill / shows symptoms of the cold or flu.
The course must be planned accordingly to execute/complete the on-site training (VFU) as soon as possible. In the current circumstances, this can be very difficult and, at present, there is no clear solution to the problems that may arise.