Students with special needs

Students who need special arrangements to be able to participate in teaching and examination can get it if the need is due to a permanent disability. How does the application work, who makes the decision and what does the decision include/what different types of support are there?

Academic writing by Lund University

Lund University have published a collection of short videos about academic writing as open resource.  You can use some or all of them in your teaching. 

Canvas: Extra examination time for students

Students with dyslexia are often granted additional time for written examinations. Here are the instructions for how to set up a Canvas Assignment so that some students are alloted some extra time. (Swedish language only.)

Giving feedback on poor writing: How do you approach it?

It can be difficult to criticise someone’s writing. And perhaps even more difficult to be at the receiving end. And it will not be made easier if it concerns a course that does not revolve around language at all. Here is some advice on how to increase the chances of successful feedback.

Pedagogical café: Discussing language difficulties with students

In the pedagogical conversation with UPE under the heading “How do you discuss language difficulties with students?” in Zoom 17 May 2022, over 60 members of teaching staff gathered to discuss students’ language difficulties and how it affects teaching.

Planning language progression throughout an entire study programme

A student with generally weak language skills is not likely to solve the issues over the time period of one single course. Measures to strengthen a student’s language skills therefore need to be planned using an overall approach that looks at the entire study programme.

Reading instructions for students? When and how?

If you arrive at university fresh out of upper secondary school or after several years in working life, it can be difficult to approach the task of reading large quantities of text. How would you – the teacher – describe your target group? Do they need the support of reading instructions and study techniques?

Special support for students with special needs

Some students need special arrangements to be able to participate in teaching and examination. If the needs are due to a permanent disability, they are entitled to such support. The teacher/examiner must, however, not decide for himself whether the student has needs that entitle a student to support. Such assessments and decisions are made by Enheten […]

Talking books!

It’s about books in audio format. Students with some form of reading impairment due to, for example, dyslexia, ADHD or visual impairment, have the right to borrow course literature in audio format.

Tips: Careless essays with "formal errors"

Examining essays create troublesome extra work for tutors and examiners when the essay is carelessly proofread, with formal errors of various kinds. Here is an example of how to use a checklist to support students’ proofreading, reduce extra work for the teacher and get better essays.

Tips: Length of the text in the take-home exam

The assessment of whether a student has reached the examination requirements in an exam of the essay type normally refers to the qualitative value of the solution, not the quantity. For reasons of assessment, we still often set an upper limit (and sometimes a lower limit) in the number of words/number of pages for the […]

Tips: Structure in the course with Canvas 'Study Planner'

With the canvas tool Study Planner, you can help students create structure in their study work and in their planning. In addition, the tool helps you assess how your course structure will affect the students’ workload. Have you created a reasonable structure?