WELCOME TO THE COURSE
My name is David Rosenberg and I am the coordinator for this course. The other faculty who will be teaching and examining the course are Eva Wikström and Fredrick Snellman. As you know from the syllabus for the course, the working language for lectures and discussions will be English, and the literature is in English. You will find my contact information at the end of this letter. We wish you a warm welcome to the course and look forward to meeting you all on-line!
Online registration in Portalen is open between the 8th and 18th of January. It is important that you sign in to Portalen http://www.student.umu.se/english and register during that time period, or otherwise you risk losing your place (seat) at the course.Close
Location: Adobe connect
Course introduction – January 17, Kl 10 - 12. This will include an overview of the course and a brief introduction to the learning tools which will be utilized. The meeting will be conducted with Adobe Connect. You will receive an invitation from me with a link some days prior to the meeting. Make sure you have a working microphone (headset preferable) and a web camera. This is a mandatory moment in the course, and extremely valuable in terms of meeting other students and understanding how we work in the course.
In this course, we use the learning platform Cambro.
Live lectures, presentation seminars and a number of discussions will utilize Adobe Connect.
You get access to Cambro after registration.
To log on Cambro you must have an active user identity (CAS identity), see below
Login to Cambro https://www.cambro.umu.se/portalClose
This is a course with advanced level students and a global context. We will therefore be utilizing a variety of methods for communicating with each other in order to support the educational goals of the course, which will be presented in the readings and lectures. A number of discussion forums, recorded lectures, external links and various media will be utilized, and since many of these are not mandatory, the value of these activities will depend on your interest and participation. These activities are however geared directly to the learning goals of the course and to the focus of the three written examinations, discussion forums and presentation seminars. There may also be "drop-in" (live chats) times, when I will be available to answer questions regarding the course. We are extremely interested in creating an ongoing dialogue regarding the distance learning strategies that work best for you.
You will receive a schedule of the topics to be covered on a week-by-week basis during the introduction to the course. This will include a list of activities, including recorded lectures, discussion forums, opportunities for supervision, guest lectures and additional media that can help support your learning in the course. The majority of these activities will be available on our learning platform, Ping Pong, and can be accessed according to your own schedule and availability. Examination seminars will be mandatory and live on-line, and these will be offered at a variety of times.
International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular term (preferably prior to the Orientation Course). If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but not later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme.
If you will have housing through the International Housing Office you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.
Don't forget! Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat, etc.Close
We strongly recommend that you take part in the Orientation Course, which is open for all international students. The Orientation Course will give you the opportunity to get acquainted with Umeå and Umeå University. It is also a great chance to make friends with other international students. The schedule for the coming term will be available on the site below one month before the beginning of the term. There may be last minute changes to the schedule, so you should check for updates before you leave home or when you get to Umeå.Close
As a new student, you need to activate your user account approximately two weeks prior to the term start in order to, for instance:
If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the term start.
I want to activate my user account (Umu-id)
For exchange students
If you are an exchange student, you will receive information on arrival about how to activate your account.
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If you are having problems activating your account or logging in, please contact our Servicedesk. You will find answers to common questions, and can submit enquiries.
When you are on Campus Umeå, Umeå Arts Campus or Campus Örnsköldsvik, you will need a UmU card. The card has the following functions:
About one week after you have activated your user account, you will receive an e-mail about how to apply for the UmU card. It will be send to your student e-mail account (firstname.lastname@example.org), so remember to test logging in to confirm that it works.
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There are three student unions at Umeå University:
They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.Close
The website for current students has all sorts of information about services, support, legal and practical matters at Umeå University. You can sign in to the Cambro and Moodle learning platforms, and to Portalen (where you will find personal services such as your student e-mail, University Library services and where you can create study certificates, apply for a degree and change your temporary address). You can also sign in directly to your student e-mail account from here.