Instructions related to studying practices for students

Dear Student, below some important issues related to your studies due to the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus.

9.10.2020 | By: Jani Wahlman

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Updated October 9. Latest updates in bold. Updated October 9 also Instructions for students attending simulations and other situations practicing manual skills.

Information about the new policy on SAMK web sites:

https://www.samk.fi/en/latest-information-on-the-coronavirus-situation/

Face mask recommendation effective

The students are recommended to use a face mask at all SAMK campuses. The use of masks is beneficial especially in situations where keeping a safe distance is challenging, such as while waiting for the classroom door to be opened or queueing to the canteen.

The personnel is recommended to use a face mask or visor when in close contact with the students at the campuses.

The lunchtime sectioning marked on the timetables must absolutely be obeyed.

Do not come to the campus if you have any symptoms of flu!

New students will begin their studies on campuses as planned. Continuing students will mainly continue their studies remotely, provided that the learning arrangements do not require on-campus attendance. Due to the severity of the COVID-19-epidemic and in order to prevent the spread of the disease, the teacher and the head of the department will specify those situations where arrangements are required for on campus teaching. Teachers will instruct students on the practices concerning the implementation of their courses. Course descriptions will be provided by 4 pm on 14 August 2020.

You should also check your personal study plan at the beginning of the academic year. Please contact your academic advisor. The supervision of theses as well as thesis seminars will also be arranged online. The maturity test will be conducted either in EXAM or through an alternative method that was already used in the spring, e.g. in supervised conditions in HILL. The maturity tests will be arranged with the supervisor of the thesis. You should daily follow the SAMK student e-mail and Moodle as well as Tuudo/Oiva.

Please come to the campus only when you are healthy. Do not take the slightest risk of infecting others in our work and work environment.

If the teacher has set a presence requirement for the course, the requirement remains valid also in online teaching. Teachers will instruct the students on the practices concerning their own courses.

Tuudo should be installed right away to be able to easily follow SAMK news. See “Tuudo” below.

 

Travelling abroad and entering Finland

For the beginning of the semester, all degree and exchange students and staff arriving from abroad (excluding countries to which may be traveled to from Finland according to the government’s instructions) will be directed to a quarantine with length in accordance of THL instructions, in which case they will not be able to enter the campus and all transactions will be handled electronically. Follow the course description for your studies and, if necessary, contact your academic advisor.

Students and staff are asked to continue to consider the risks associated with travelling abroad. Upon return, you may face a quarantine with length in accordance of THL instructions, during which no access to the campuses is possible.

THL's travel instructions can be found here: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/travel-and-the-coronavirus-pandemic

About practical training

If you are going on a period of practical training, follow the instructions given by the employer of the training placement. If your practical training is interrupted, ask your employer for a testimonial for the part completed, so that the corresponding number of credits can be entered into the study register.

If your practical training is cancelled, find compensatory studies from SAMK’s study selection and the courses on CampusOnline or from the open university courses offered by other higher education institutions. SAMK’s study selection can best be found under the course descriptions on the study guide (SAMK websites, Shortcuts, Study Guide). Limit the search with a time period (e.g. starting date 1 August 2020 and ending date 31 December 2020) and conduct the search. You can also limit the search by location, group or degree program.

 

Instructions for students attending simulations and other situations practicing manual skills:

These instructions will be updated following the changes in the coronavirus situation and instructions related to that, as well as specified when propositions or observations for specifications are made.

  • All degree students arriving from abroad will be quarantined in accordance with THL instructions
  • You can attend a simulation only when healthy
  • All close contacts between staff and students are minimized
  • No shaking hands
  • Students practice skills under the guidance/supervision of (one) a teacher during one day, i.e. no circulating from one learning station to another,if possible.
  • The safe distance of 1 to 2 meters is kept, if possible, in classrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms
  • Remember the good hand hygiene and coughing etiquette

https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/transmission-and-protection-coronavirus

  • Teachers are using face shields/masks and students face masks. The specific instructions on their proper use is given in the beginning of the simulation
  • Hands are washed and disinfected before the simulation, after the simulation as well as after sneezing, coughing or blowing one’s nose. Possible additional instructions are given during the contact sessions.
  • The following issues are revised in the beginning of a simulation (NB It is advisory to revise them independently before attending the simulations):
  • The equipment is used with protective gloves, if possible
  • The equipment is cleaned after the use by using the ApoWipe surface disinfecting wipes or EasyDes surface disinfecting liquid.
  • All patient cases are quarantine cases, i.e. the wearing of the protective equipment is practiced and consequently the protection in close contact guaranteed.
  • When practicing manual skills in close contact (e.g. administering injection or taking blood samples) the students use face masks and teachers face masks/shields for protection

 

eSAMK Support

eSAMK Support offers intensified assistance to online teaching and studying. We primarily support the use of Moodle, HILL, eduHILL, EXAM and Tuudo.

On-call service for staff and students

  • Starting 24.8. Mon–Thu 8 am–5:30 pm, Fri 8 am–3 pm; tel. +358 44 710 3149, e-mail: esamk.support@samk.fi

 

Moodle

Moodle is available as normal. e-SAMK Support will assist you as regards any problems with Moodle (tel. +358 44 710 3149, e-mail: esamk.support@samk.fi).

 

EduHILL

EduHILL is available for students’ group work and has direct communication with your own devices.

You can log in to EduHILL the same way as you do into your e-mail at https://eduhill.webex.com. The instructions for its use can be found at  https://hill.samk.fi/instructions/personal-virtual-room/?lang=en/. This applies to all students who have a student.samk.fi e-mail address.

If you have any questions on the use of EduHILL, contact eSAMK Support, e-mail: esamk.support@samk.fi, tel. +358 44 710 3149

 

EXAM examination rooms

Teachers will provide instructions on taking the exams in their courses.

EXAM examination rooms will be opened in a restricted manner starting on 3 August 2020. About half of the examination rooms in Pori (from 3 August), Rauma (from 10 August) and Huittinen and Kankaanpää (from 17 August) are available for use. Thus, the possible number of exams that can be taken will only be half of the normal situation. The examination rooms will be available during the opening hours of the campuses.

Visits to EXAM examination rooms at SAMK are possible in Pori, and for our students in those higher education institutions that open their exam visit services. At the moment, no further information is available about these higher education institutions. As regards exam visits, students should find out about any exceptional arrangements at their higher education institution caused by the pandemic and immediately before the exam visit, check the situation concerning the examination room of the institution in question, and check their e-mail for any last minute changes.

Students are not allowed to take exams while ill or if feeling in the slightest bit ill. An exam reserved in the examination room can even be cancelled just before the exam. Hand washing before and after the exam is necessary. Hand disinfectants will be placed outside the examination rooms for the students to use. Protective gloves will also be available. Students are not allowed to wear a face mask when entering the examination room, and normal rules will apply in other respects as well.

eSAMK support will help you with matters concerning the EXAM system and examination rooms, e-mail: esamk.support@samk.fi, tel. +358 44 710 3149

 

Tuudo

Tuudo is a mobile application for students and staff, where you can find your personal syllabus, course feedback for all courses during the autumn, campus maps, SAMK press releases, student restaurant menus and library services, among other things. The Tuudo application can be downloaded to iOS and Android devices from their respective app stores. You should download Tuudo to your device right at the beginning of the semester to be able to see, for example, SAMK’s releases on the pandemic in SAMK’s news.

eSAMK support will help you with any problems with Tuudo, e-mail: esamk.support@samk.fi, tel. +358 44 710 3149

 

Campus libraries

The campus libraries are open as follows:

  • During the autumn semester, the Pori library and its facilities are open on Mon–Fri at 9 am–5 pm. Group facilities are available during campus opening hours (access via the corridor between the library and Agora). The library’s seating capacity is temporarily restricted.
  • During the autumn semester, self-service in the Rauma library is available during the campus opening hours. Service hours can be found on the library’s website. The library’s seating capacity is temporarily restricted.
  • The Kuninkainen library serves online. Borrowed materials can be returned to a return box outside the library. Reservations can be collected as agreed. The library facilities are closed.
  • The art school library serves as a self-service library. Materials cannot be reserved but the library has an automated system for borrowing materials. Borrowed materials can be returned to a return box outside the library.

INFOtelakka serves students online. You can book an appointment by sending an e-mail toinfotelakka@samk.fi.

If you have any questions, please visit the library’s website or contact the library staff at:

Customer services for continuous learning

Customer services for continuous learning are handled online/via e-mail and telephone and at the Pori campus.

Contact information

Open studies:

In English: www.samk.fi/en/study/open-studies/

Completing and specialization studies:

Cross-study services

The contact information for the personnel of the continuous learning studies can be found on the above-mentioned websites and at https://www.samk.fi/en/contact-us/

 

Student services

Student services during the autumn semester 2020. Services are also conducted by phone and e-mail.

Pori campus student services are open on Tue–Thu from 10 am–2 pm. You can apply for a degree certificate and other certificates as usual through e-services. Only one student at a time can enter the student services facilities to deal with their enquires. Pay attention to safe distances when queueing. Do not enter the campus if you are ill or feeling ill.

Rauma campus student services are working mainly electronically. Customer service time Mon–Fri from 9 am–3 pm (closed 11.30 am – 12:30 am). For more information please contact secretary Päivi Vahtokari, tel. 044 710 3503, paivi.vahtokari@samk.fi.

TheKankaanpää campus office is closed. The services are now working electronically. The campus office will open in August. The opening hours will be announced later.

The Kuninkainen campus office is working mainly electronically. For more information please contact Student Services Secretary Kaija Kalliolevo, tel. +358 44 710 6301, kaija.kalliolevo@samk.fi. You can also ask for a personal appointment.

Contact information for the campus office personnel: https://www.samk.fi/opiskelu/yhteystiedot/#opiskelijaneuvonta

Contact information for admission services:

You can apply for a degree certificate as usual through the e-services and answer the AVOP survey at the same time.

Study certificates and official transcripts of study records as well as certificates of resignation are posted to students approximately once a week.

 

International relations services

The services of the International relations office on campuses take place at the student service facilities during the given opening hours. See above. Customer service is also conducted by phone and by e-mail, and it is possible to book personal discussion time.

You should follow the continuously updated information bulletin: https://www.samk.fi/en/latest-information-on-the-coronavirus-situation/

Who to contact: https://www.samk.fi/en/contact-us/#intoffice

Updated information from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

News from the Finnish Immigration office Service: https://migri.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/ajankohtaista-koronatilanteesta-voit-hoitaa-monia-lupa-asioita-verkossa-ala-asioi-palvelupisteessa-sairaana

 

ICT services

Instructions concerning ICT services can be found at https://byod-info.samk.fi

Support requests should primarily be made via ServiceDesk (https://samk.efectecloud.com)

Phone services are reserved only for urgent situations (Helpdesk: +358 44 710 3080)

If you have not already installed Tuudo, you should do it right away. Tuudo is also used as an information medium between SAMK and students.

The use of a VPN connection should be restricted to teaching that is separately arranged and directed by teachers.

During HILL sessions, it is advisable to save network capacity by turning your camera off, at least after the introductions.

9.10.2020 | By: Jani Wahlman

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