In Finnish higher education, 4.4% of students have been diagnosed as having dyslexia (Finnish Student Health Service 2016). Reading is slow for people with dyslexia due to difficulties in perceiving and mentally processing the sounds of words and text.
Individual study arrangements
Should the student, due to an impairment restricting his/her ability to study or other health condition, be unable to complete courses as provided in the curriculum or on the course, the school is obligated to take reasonable measures to organise an alternative mode of completing the study attainment. Such students are required to demonstrate the same level of knowledge and skills as the other students. (Aalto University General Regulations on Teaching and Studying, section 24)
Students may need individual study arrangements for various reasons. This toolkit provides you with additional information on what kinds of individual study arrangements students may need and why. The measures for making individual study arrangements are in practice flexible, individual solutions to course teaching, examinations and working methods. The teacher assesses and defines the specific implementation based on the intended learning outcomes of the course.
Granting individual study arrangements
Instructions to students
If you need individual study arrangements, proceed as follows:
- Contact the learning services staff for your programme and arrange a meeting.
- Bring to the meeting a statement of your condition signed by a doctor, psychologist or other expert.
- The meeting will consider what arrangements you need and for which period of time. The arrangements granted will be recorded in a certificate for individual study arrangements, which will be valid in all the Aalto schools.
- You can show the certificate for individual study arrangements to your teachers and examination organisers and agree on the arrangements needed. You should contact the teacher about your needs as soon as possible, either in the first meeting of a course or upon registering for the course examination at the latest.
- Should problems arise, contact the person who provided the certificate.
Information for teachers
Individual study arrangements are granted to the student only when the student verifies his or her need by presenting a certificate for individual study arrangements, which is valid in the whole Aalto.
The right to individual study arrangements is granted by the Learning Services of the student’s school. The student must verify his or her need for individual study arrangements by presenting a statement by a doctor or other relevant professional. The right to individual study arrangements may be granted for a fixed term or for the entire duration of studies.
The recommendation on individual study arrangements specifies the arrangements agreed upon but includes no data concerning health as defined in the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Details of the student’s health status are disclosed only to the person in charge of granting the right to individual study arrangements. The contact details of the person in charge will be included in the certificate.
The student must communicate his or her need for individual study arrangements to the teacher as soon as possible. Students will be given further advice on the practicalities of individual study arrangements when the certificate is being written.
The right to individual study arrangements is secret information. (Act on the Openness of Government Activities 621/1999, section 24, subsection 1, paragraph 25)
Secret information is information that may be disclosed only to those for whom access to it is necessary for justified reasons. This means that a student’s right to individual study arrangements may be disclosed only to the course teacher and when needed, those Aalto staff members who are involved in arranging or assessing the final examination.
Should you have any problems, please contact the Learning Services and manager of academic affairs of the student’s school. You can also consult the Aalto study psychologists in the matter as necessary.
Accessible coursebook service is intended for students who are unable or have difficulties to read standard printed books and who have enrolled as attending for the academic year. The service is provided by Aalto Learning Centre in cooperation with Celia, national center for accessible literature and publishing in Finland.
This toolkit will give you more information on the following:
Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder may present in students as a difficulty concentrating, making mistakes of ‘carelessness’ , or encountering hurdles to independent study.
Of mental disorders, particularly depression is common with young adults. With mental disorders, it is important to listen to one’s own feelings and remember to reserve sufficient time for recovering from the strain of studies.
Anxiety means a state where a person is feeling restless and worried. Short-term anxiety and performance anxiety are very common and natural phenomena. Anxiety disorders refer to situations where feelings of anxiety are long-term and disproportionate to the situation.
The study psychologists at Aalto University offer counselling and support for learning, motivation, self-regulation, study skills, coping with stress and career choice.
The Aalto University pedagogical training offers you a possibility to familiarise yourself with teaching, learning and educational development. The training program (25 cr) consists of four core courses: A! Peda Intro, Learning and teaching in higher education, Course design, and Teaching practice.
Diversity and accessibility are the guiding principles of equality at Aalto University. Accessibility refers to convenience of use and access to education, research and related support services regardless of the diverse qualities of individuals.
The Aalto Code of Conduct summarises the principles of fair play and integrity that govern our activities and sets out guidelines for the kind of behaviour that we expect of each other. It is based on Aalto’s values and establishes a common operational culture.