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FAQ for Students

Please also check the OGEM webpage for online learning.
OGEM (Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching)

Common Questions

How will we be graded? What is the new pass/fail system?

How will we be graded? What is the new pass/fail system?

You can find detailed information about the grading from the university web pages available at 2019-2020 Academic Year Spring Term Course Assessment Regulations Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the frequently asked questions web page: FAQ (as of May 20, 2020, the English web page is not updated, but the Turkish web page has answer to some frequently asked questions)

Will there be any face to face lectures/labs for the 2019-2 Spring Semester?

Will there be any face to face lectures/labs for the 2019-2 Spring Semester?

Short answer No. Even if we have an "Intensive Summer Month Academic Calendar for Spring Semester", it will also be carried by distance learning.

With all this pandemic news, what is the point in studying?
How do you expect us to study?

With all this pandemic news, what is the point in studying?
How do you expect us to study?

Yes, we do expect you to study, even though the world is going through difficult times. Besides the people that are actually curing patients in hospitals, trying to understand the virus and developping drugs, there is not much we can do except than practicing social distancing so as to slow down the spread of the illness.

We all have the responsibility to take care of our physical health as well as our mental health. Spending all day in our homes and worrying about COVID-19 will have negative effects on your mental health. You should find other things to think about. Unfortunately, social distancing that we should all exercise eliminates social gatherings as an option. Continuing to study on your courses is an option, an option which will have benefits also for your future. Don't forget that these days will pass.

I have really bad thoughts, I feel really depressed, what should I do?

I have really bad thoughts, I feel really depressed, what should I do?

Keep in (distant) touch with your friends, family and instructors. Remember that these days will pass.

If you think you need more professional help, visit AYNA Dinleme Noktası. You can post your concerns in the forum and professionals will reply.

Even if the web site is in Turkish, you can post in English in the forum. They will reply in English.



Online Learning

What can I do to learn online more effectively?

What can I do to learn online more effectively?

There are many tips available online: Click for one such resource

In summary

  1. Make a study schedule and follow it. In order to be able to follow you schedule, it should be realistic, It should contain sufficient breaks to rest, allow for other activities like exercising, connecting with your friends, spending time with your family, etc.
  2. Create a dedicated working space. This space should be used for studying only, and not for any other activity (the dinner table or your bed are not suitable places to become study areas). If it is not possible to dedicate an area, have some dedicated items (like a table lamp, a book of an attractive color that you place on your table when you study). You should use these only when you are studying and not anytime else. Your brain, and people around you, will soon learn that when you are in that area, or have that item in your table, you are studying and you should not be distracted by anything else. Be consistant in your habit.
  3. Don't get disappointed if you can not study effectively right away. It takes time to chage habbits. You will have better and worse days. Try to go back to your study practices.
  4. Take notes watching your lecture videos. Watching videos (also your instructor in inclass lecture) can get boring. Students tend to use their hands to play with other object while passively watching videos. This will distract you. Taking notes (even if you do not use them afterwords) will keep your hands (and also brain) busy with the material that you are studying, preventing distraction
  5. After you watch a video, study lectures notes, etc. provided by your lecturer, write what you have learned in a paper/explain it aloud to a wall (yes, a wall. or a mug, or your cat, or ...) this will help you realize what you have learned and what you have not learned. Review topics that you have not learned.
  6. Exercise and don't sit in your chair studying for hours and hours. Your brain needs oxygen and nutriants to function properly. Exercising increases blood circulation and helps you brain to work better. While your are studying, give regular breaks to exercise (if nothing else, you can walk in your walking place for 5 minutes)
  7. Have a regular sleep schedule. One of the important factors in studying is how much you remember what you have studied to be used later (retention) when you need them. There are studies that indicate that a significant portion of the transfer of information to the long term memory (which allows you to remember things that you have learned long ago) happen while you are sleeping. Deprieving yourself from sleep to study is a contradiction: you can not learn new information and retain them by deprieving youself from what helps you retain that information.
  8. Keep in (distant) touch. In these days, we should all exercise social distancing. That does not mean that you can not keep in touch with your friends, your family, your instructor. Follow the online (synchronous or asynchronous) discussions. Contact your instructor if you are stuck. We might not be having in class lecture, or in office office hours, but we, as your instructors, are still here to help you in your studies.

Also, OGEM-Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching is willing to assist you in your studies during these days. You can contact them through their e-mail address ogem@metu.edu.tr. Follow their web page for their advices on how to handle the current situation.

I don't have the necessary infrastructure to access online material. What can I do?

I don't have the necessary infrastructure to access online material. What can I do?

There are various ongoing fund raising campaigns currently

  • The campaign by AdımODTÜ
  • The campaign organized by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. If you are a physics students and would like to benefit from the campaign organized by the faculty of arts and sciences, please fill this Form.

We don't know the extent of the needs of the students, and we don't know how much would be donated to the campaigns. But we are doing our best to meets your needs as much as possible.

I came home when the lectures were suspended. I can not study at home because of siblings/sickness/etc. What can I do?

I came home when the lectures were suspended. I can not study at home because of siblings/sickness/etc. What can I do?

At a meeting by YÖK on March 31, 2020, it is decided that students who can not continue online education can request a leave of absence. In such a case, this semester will not be counted towards the maximum number of semester before which the students have to graduate.

This also includes assistants. If the assistants request a leave of absence, the leave will be given for the studentship, but their assistantship will continue.

Note that if you receive any scholarships, the regulations of your scholarship might imply the if you request a leave of absence, you scholarship might also be suspended. Make sure that you check with the scholarship providor about what will happen with you scholarship if you request a leave of absence.

Quote from the letter from YÖK:

"Yükseköğretim kurumlarında önlisans, lisans ve lisansüstü düzeyde kayıtlı olup öğrenim gören öğrencilerin, kayıtlı oldukları yükseköğretim kurumlarından talep etmeleri halinde 2019-2020 eğitim öğretim yılı bahar döneminde kayıtlarının dondurulmasına ve kayıt dondurulan sürenin azami süreden sayılmamasına"


Exams

How and when will the written exams be given?

How and when will the written exams be given?

YÖK has decided that there will not be any face to face lectures in the spring semester, and requested the universities to organize their schedule. Based on the e-mail from METU rectorate sent on March 30, 2020, the midterms (if any) should also be done online. For the final, the possible choices (left to the instructor of the course) is to either do it online during the normal academic period, or do in in class at the beginning of an "Intensive period". The quote from the e-mail of the rectorate is below:

"We have been receiving questions from our instructors who are still planning to complete their courses within the “Normal Term Academic Calendar” regarding the mid-term and final exams. The instructors who can complete their courses within the Normal Term Academic Calendar are expected to hold their mid-terms using the digital facilities; and the final exams can also be held via digital facilities during the Normal Term Academic Calendar if the instructors find it suitable. For those instructors who think the use of digital facilities to hold Final Exams is not appropriate, we are planning to set aside a few days at the beginning of the “Intensive Period Academic Calendar” to hold exams. The Final exams for the “Intensive Period Academic Calendar”, which is expected to extend into the summer months, are planned to be held at the end of the academic calendar."

How can you prevent cheating if the exams will be online?
Won't it be unfair?

How can you prevent cheating if the exams will be online?
Won't it be unfair?

This is one of the most soft spots of online assesment. There is not fool proof means of eliminating cheating even in in class exams. Having an online exam makes it even worse. But there are means of making cheating harder even for online exams. Look at the corresponding question in the FAQ for Instructurs here.

Will there be take-home exams substituting for the written exams?

Will there be take-home exams substituting for the written exams?

Short answer: not necessarily. See also the answer to the question How and when will the written exams be given?.

However, instructors of a particular course may opt to assign take-home exams during the online period and may specify a weight for these toward your final grade.

Will there be a summer school?

Will there be a summer school?

We don't know. Many things depend on how this epidemic will evolve, and when it can be taken under control. It is still possible to have a summer school, and it is also possible that we will not have any summer school this year.


University & Campus Life

Can I use Department's facilities now

Can I use Department's facilities now

No. University campus is almost deserted. Common areas, including all classrooms and study areas are all closed and locked. Please avoid traveling and visiting the campus.