The quarantine situation in our country has been hard to predict, thus, we are preparing for the possibility of carrying out the whole 2019–2020 spring semester remotely.
The current dates of the beginning and end of the semester have not changed. Regarding the updated academic calendar of 2019–2020, the study activities of the spring semester are due to be completed by the 5th of July, 2020. However, taking into account the ever-changing situation, further changes are possible.
Preparation of a bachelor’s thesis is a big challenge for students and their supervisors during this period of time. Due to the declared coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and not being able to accomplish necessary tasks (research, analysis, surveys etc.), the topic, goals, objectives and research methodology of the bachelor’s thesis may be adjusted.
If the spring semester has to be completed remotely, the preparation for bachelor’s thesis defence will have to be arranged online. Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is ready to provide the possibility of online preparation and defence of bachelor’s theses, as well as the procedures of organizing and taking the qualifying exams. The final decision for the procedures of the defence of bachelor’s theses will be made later on, when more information regarding the end of the quarantine period is received.
Due to the changes related to the defence of the final theses, the date of the graduation ceremony may change as well. More information will be provided when the dates of the defence of bachelor’s theses become clear.
In the period of this extreme situation, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is trying to do its best to ensure that students get the possibility to continue their studies and acquire their preferred education. The study process is organized in a flexible way, while maintaining the required quality of the studies and, at the same time, looking for new solutions and compromises beneficial to everyone involved.
In spring semester of 2019–2020, the only internships that will be taking place are those which can be performed under the quarantine conditions and / or remotely. Students’ health and the assurance of safety are considered the highest priority. Students performing their internship remotely, together with their supervisors and mentors, have to agree on the organizational principals during the whole period of the internship. The student, performing the internship in a non-remote way, has to apply for the permission to continue the practical training.
Pursuant to Article 63 of the Study Regulations of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, the internships for the students of the lower courses may be organized at the time period different from the one indicated in the study schedule.
While organizing the study process remotely, subject / module assessments must be performed in the same manner (tests, verbal assessments, reports, case studies etc.). In order to properly assess and evaluate students, the lecturers should look at the study process creatively and apply various forms of assessment.
In the spring semester of 2019–2020, during the quarantine period, the only practical activities that can take place are those that can be performed remotely. Academic divisions, as well as lecturers are adjusting the teaching methods and learning outcomes of their subjects / modules, while looking for possible solutions for students to finish their study programmes and achieve intended learning outcomes on time.
While participating in lectures remotely, just like during live meetings, students must behave in a polite, respectful manner, not interfere with the work of others.
In accordance to the study agreement, students may only make a video and (or) audio recording when given the permission from the lecturer. If the lecturer agrees, students may take photos, record the lecture and use the material only for personal use, as long as that is related to their studies. However, students are not allowed to distribute, publish, share or show the obtained material in public. Otherwise, it would not only violate the conditions of the study agreement, but also the code of academic ethics, copyright and privacy of the individual. This violation may become the subject to civil and administrative liability.