Announcement for Students

October 2, 2020

Dear Students,

I would like to share new regulations and highlight topics that we think may be important and useful for the upcoming semester. These topics are prepared jointly by Registrar’s and Student Affairs Directorate, Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT), Information Technology Directorate (IT), and Academic Planning and Development Directorate with guidance from Return to Campus Task Force in line with the recent announcement from September 8, 2020 with all classes to be conducted via remote online instruction.

You can contact the below-listed departments for your questions:

You can also contact vpaa@ku.edu.tr for any academic questions.

Wishing you all a healthy and successful academic year,

Barış Tan

Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Course Schedule and Enrollments

Majority of courses will be offered synchronously and online on either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Friday slots in sessions that meet 3 times a week, 50-minutes long per session.

Courses will begin at 9.00 and end at 18.50. Courses will be conducted synchronously on the days and times noted on the class schedule in KUSIS. All students are encouraged to participate in these sessions on the planned dates and times.

Students are expected to complete course enrollments via KUSIS like in previous semesters. First year students will be centrally enrolled in their required area courses. Course Planning has already begun on September 21st, Monday. Course enrollments will begin on September 29th, Tuesday and will continue until October 16th, Friday.

During the add-drop period, students will be able to participate in any course, even if they have not yet enrolled. Zoom links for courses will be available under “Class Detail” which is accessible via “Class Search” in KUSIS. However, it should be noted that only enrolled students will be able to access the relevant courses after the add-drop period.

Students should use their KU accounts to access Blackboard and participate in online classes. It should be noted that School of Medicine courses will be accessible via KEYPS. Additional sources regarding online education are available here.

As was the case in Spring 2020 semester, students will have the option to receive ‘S/U’ (Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory) grades for Fall 2020 semester. Please see detailed conditions on Registrar’s webpage.

 

Syllabus

Syllabi will be uploaded to KUSIS beginning with course planning period (September 21, 2020). Please see below important information regarding syllabi:

  • All relevant information including the syllabus will be shared with students at the beginning of the semester.
  • The weights of attendance, class discussion and participation to class activities, quizzes, exams and other components that affect grading, if any, will be clearly stated.
  • Additional information will be shared as to how the course’s applied component will be conducted, if any.
  • Faculty members will refrain from making structural changes to the syllabus once the Fall semester begins.
  • The syllabus will also contain which sources will be used for the course as well as the methods with which they can be accessed.
  • The detailed plans for synchronous and asynchronous assignments, mandatory assignments, deadlines and format will be available in the syllabus.
  • The syllabus will contain the rules and procedures for online teaching and learning, including but not limited to how students should interact with the instructor and other students, and whether microphones and cameras will be turned on or off during class. Students not wishing to turn their cameras on will be allowed to do so.

A separate announcement will be made by Pandora for both hard-copy and online resources. Hardcopy books will be ordered online and sent to relevant addresses.

Conducting Classes Online

As all online course meetings will be recorded, it is important to conform to the notifications in the disclaimer. Please note that the disclaimer will also be available at the beginning of sessions on Zoom, Panopto and Blackboard.

Attendance

All students are encouraged to participate in these sessions on the planned dates and times. However, issues such as web camera limitations, unstable internet connection that might disrupt students’ participation on the scheduled dates and times will also be taken into account. If non-attendance is a graded component, make-up options will be offered. Excuses that are accepted by the instructor will not negatively affect student’s grade.

Assignments and Examinations

All assignments and examinations (quiz, homework, project, midterm, final etc.) will be conducted online during Fall 2020 semester. As stated in the disclaimer, students are not required to keep cameras on during such assignments and examinations.

As during face-to-face teaching, instructors and students should conform to pre-announced online office hours. Professional communication should be used in all emails and class interaction. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for further details.

 

Online Access 

For meetings where online participants will use web cameras, faculty and students are advised to use backgrounds that will not give information on their personal life or location. Plain white or light backgrounds are recommended.

Unless faculty advises not to do so, students should have their microphones on mute and follow class rules to participate or ask a question.

Support

Faculty or students that encounter technical issues should contact IT Help Desk as soon as possible (it@ku.edu.tr). Students with unstable internet connection should inform faculty or TAs as soon as possible.

Students who do not have a desktop/laptop/mobile equipment to participate in classes should contact their Dean’s Office or the Dean of Students for support as soon as they can.

Useful Links:

Academic Calendar: https://registrar.ku.edu.tr/en/academic-calendar/

Resources for Students: https://studentguide.ku.edu.tr/

Registrar’s and Student Affairs – How to Videos: https://registrar.ku.edu.tr/en/how-to-videos/

IT Education Technologies: https://confluence.ku.edu.tr/kuhelp/ithelp/remote-teaching-and-learning/for-students

Office of Learning and Teaching (KOLT): https://kolt.ku.edu.tr/?lang=en