Universities of applied sciences apply online learning

All 24 Finnish universities of applied sciences have started applying online and distance learning practices to minimise the chances of coronavirus infection and to ensure continuity of higher education. At the same time, staff started to carry out their duties mainly remotely, reports the Helsinki Times.

“The Finnish government announced on Monday [16 March] nationwide school closures in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The universities of applied science anticipated this decision by starting preparations to increase distance learning already during the weekend,” said a statement by Petri Lempinen, executive director of the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.

Lectures will be held online, but for the time being, most universities of applied sciences are striving to keep laboratories and simulation facilities open to students. Practical instruction will take place in small groups so that close contact is avoided.
Full report on the Helsinki Times site