Frameworks and rules for teaching at Karlstad university

Teaching at Karlstad university, a government agency, is regulated locally by policies and rules. These governing documents are harmonized with laws, governances, recommendations and agreements on national and European level. From here, you will find your way to most of the local gouverning documents.

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Frameworks and rules for teaching at a university: National end european level

Teaching at a government agency is regulated nationally by laws, ordinances and recommendations. These are also harmonized with agreements at the European level. From here, you will find your way to most of these.

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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 för studentstöd (the Unit for Student Support).

It is the student himself who applies for special support. The basis for receiving support is that the student has a documented disability.

Note that the teacher/examinator only need to have access to the actual decision, not to documents regarding the medical status that was basis for the decision about support. Such documents should be handled only by the Unit for Student Support.

If the student is granted special support, a decision is issued by the Unit for Student Support informing the teacher/examiner on what kind of arrangements that should be made in examination (or in the teaching, depending on what the decision says).

Common support is extra time for examination, oral examination or examination in a small group.When the decision is about support related to the actual teaching and learning activities, it may involve, for example, help to make lecture notes, the right to have access to material in advance or in talking book format and the like.)

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    Collected information about different types of support that can be offered to students at Karlstad University.

ICT: Tools for examination

KAU has two tools for handling specific examination-related matters. On the one hand Ouriginal for text comparison (to detect plagiarism) and on the other hand Inspera for digital exam. In addition, of course, we have Canvas and the functionality with assignments and Quiz.

NOTE that the university has replaced Wiseflow to Inspera for digital examinations in autumn 2022.

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As teachers, we need to have access to and handle peoples’ personal information, especially related to our students. We do this in direct form with regard to students’ personal data and we are also responsible for how the students handle personal data when doing course assignments, e. g. when writing essays and doing surveys or interviews. GDPR regulates how we can and should do this.

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Tips: Assessment matrices for grades in laboratory elements

It is difficult to assess laboratory elements and oral examinations in a practically manageable and legally secure manner. Traditionally, the assessment criterion for laboratory elements has only been a requirement for active participation, while the written laboratory report is what is graded. Thus, the practical part is in principle not grade-based, despite the fact that laboratory skills and procedural knowledge may be a central part of the subject content. In this project, the teachers have investigated whether assessment matrices can be a way to make these elements assessable.

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Story: Convert hall exams to online with Quiz

With the Canvas Quiz-function, the previous hall exam form has been replaced by multiple-choice and essay questions. It is about examination in large student groups. Experiences, challenges and lessons learned from a project in the subject Business Administration. (Video, 26 min., only in Swedish)

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