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Corona Virus COVID-19: Regular Update on the Current Situation

Frequently Asked Questions


Due to a directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and in order to counteract a possible spread of the coronavirus, no classroom lectures have been held at the FH Upper Austria since Wednesday, 11.3.2020 until further notice. The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria will keep you informed about current developments and changes via its channels. Please take a look here regularly.

Information of the Management FH Oberösterreich GmbH 
Status 12.03.2020 

Courses
Until 4. April 2020, there will be no courses in the form of classroom teaching. The course units concerned will be held in the form of virtual teaching. This means that all teachers are required to enable students to acquire teaching material by providing digital formats. This replaces the presence of teachers and students in the lecture hall or seminar room. It is not intended that the courses held virtually will be made up for after Easter in the form of classroom teaching.

Courses that require physical presence, such as laboratory exercises, will be made up for at a later date in agreement with the group of people involved.
The IT department of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria provides the following technical tools for virtual courses: Microsoft Teams, Moodle (Hagenberg, Linz, Wels) and Ilias (Steyr).
The eLearning teams support the implementation of the virtual courses - please use the know-how of your contact persons at the schools. Please use the following e-mail addresses:

elearning@fh-hagenberg.at
elearning@fh-linz.at
elearning@fh-steyr.at
elearning@fh-wels.at  

Lecture examinations, subject examinations incl. Bachelor/Master/Diplom examinations will not be held in attendance form until further notice. Should the postponement of the course result in serious disadvantages for the individual students due to time constraints, the interests of the individual students must be weighed up against the possible risks and the imminent disadvantage for the student(s).In these exceptional situation, special attention must be paid to compliance with hygiene regulations and it must be checked whether distance models such as Teams or Skype can be used.

On the part of the Academic Council, information will be provided in a separate guideline on the following points:

- Conduct of virtual testing
- Processing of courses requiring attendance 
- Compensation solutions for internships

Publicity of examinations
If, in individual cases, oral examinations are scheduled by the Head of study degree programme/course, public access to the examination is to be restricted in such a way that only the examiners and the person to be examined and a maximum of one other person are present. Premises shall be selected for the conduct of the examination which allow a permanent safety distance of at least 1m between the persons involved.

Consultation hours / party traffic
Here, too, it applies that these are to be carried out - if at all possible - by telephone or electronic media.

Libraries
Returning and borrowing books is generally possible. The reading zones in the libraries are closed, and the length of stay in the libraries must be kept to a minimum. We would ask you to make use of the large online offer of books and magazines. 

Current status IT for students
The introduction of MS Teams has already been mentioned in email messages. Employees can now use MS Teams, lecturers and students are currently being activated and can also use MS Teams until Monday, 16. March 2020 at the latest. More detailed information about the access data and the use of MS Teams will be sent via email on Friday, 13. March 2020 by the IT Service Desk.

Key users have been appointed at all locations of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, who, in addition to IT, will provide support for questions regarding MS Teams. The training of the key users as well as of the study course assistants is taking place at all faculties.

Furthermore, a Moodle course with information on the use of MS Teams can be found at elearning.fh-ooe.at/course/view.php.

As always, the Service Desk (Tel.: 0 50804 15000, Email: servicedesk@fhooe.at) and the IT departments at the locations are available for questions. Current IT information will be announced at www.fh-ooe.at/it .

General information
If any questions cannot be answered from the information provided (FAQs, etc.), please contact the Dean's office of the respective faculty in the first instance or send an email to krisenmanagement@fh-ooe.at. Please note the current information on the FH Upper Austria website www.fhooe.at (https://www.fh-ooe.at/ueber-uns/news/news/informationen-zum-coronavirus/) with the links provided to the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. 

Suspected cases or infections must be reported immediately to the Dean's Office or, in the case of the Holding, to Bernadette Spiesberger (Head of HR). Any official information and notifications issued by the authorities must also be forwarded immediately to the Dean's Office / HR. This group of persons decides and coordinates the further procedure according to the instructions of the medical authority.

This information is based on the current state of knowledge as of 12. March 2020 and will of course be adapted promptly if necessary. In view of the seriousness of the situation, we would once again urge you to keep social contacts to an absolute minimum and to comply with the announced hygiene standards in the private sphere as well.

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