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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maastricht University has implemented several measures in relation to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Main UM page  >>

Here we address FPN specific information: an overview of the current state of affairs (this page) and a list of frequently asked questions.


Current UM measures (in short)

• No attendance requirement in period 4, 5 and 6.
• All UM buildings are closed for students
• Staff: only access with UM-card, no reception desks
• FPN: all teaching, examinations and resits will be offered online in periods 4, 5 and 6

Full overview on Maastrichtuniversity.nl >>

Take note of the UM updates

Please take note of the information on Maastrichtuniversity.nl.
Main page on COVID-19
Frequently asked questions
Previous updates


Previous FPN updates

Important updates are send out via email and posted on the Student Portal.
FPN update 01, 13 March 2020, 09:22 CET
FPN update 03 "Research", 16 March 2020, 16:03 CET
FPN update 04 "Internships and Exchanges", 18 March 2020 13:15 CET.
FPN update 05 'Buildings and conferencing' (Staff only) 20 March 2020

Contact and support

General questions? Contact the SSC.
   Mon-Fri: 08.30–17.00
   +31 43 388 5388 

FPN specific questions? Contact AskPsy.
    Mon,Tue & Thu 10:30 -14:00, Fr. 10:30 -12:30.
    AskPsy.nl/contact    +31 43 388 4020
   Buildings are closed for students.

Having problems using a distance learning tool?
   Student support will be available soon via    https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/online-education-um



All teaching and examinations will be offered online in periods 4, 5 and 6. Attendance is not required in these periods.






Last year's recordings will be made available, some additional recordings will be made.  Always check the course announcements.

● IPN1026 'Perception': last year's recordings will be added.
● IPN2025 'Consciousness': No last year's recordings. 1 new response lecture expected.
● IPN2026 'Man and Machine': No last year's recordings. 1 new online session expected.
● IPN3008 'Statistics III': last year's recordings, 2 new response lectures expected.
● IPN3011 'Methods of Cognitive Neuroscience': last year's recordings will be added.

1-year Master

1-year Master has no  courses in period 4.

Research Master / Forensic Master

Teaching staff will create lectures or offer alternatives. Keep an eye on the announcements.




All courses will provide instructions on how to study, sometimes providing information on the study material and in some cases offering additional material. Always check the course announcements.

1-year Master

1-year Master has no courses in period 4.

Research Master / Forensic Master

See the announcements in the course.



The deadline for the final version of the thesis remains unchanged: 17 April 2020. Tip: The P4 exams and P2/P3 resits take place in June. This means that there are no FPN educational activities scheduled activites for 3rd year bachelor students between 30 March and 12 April, which gives you time for the Bachelor thesis.



UM released a policy regarding internships and exchanges, you can find it in FPN update 4.

Contact your first supervisor to discuss alternative options for your MA thesis research projects.  See the FPN FAQ for students for several internship related questions and answers.


The limit on points obtained via online studies is abolished. This means that you can participate in online studies as much as you like.

3rd year students
If you plan to graduate this academic year (ends 31-08-2020), not having all SONA points will not hinder your graduation. However, try to do your best to obtain the needed points also to help those fellow (master) students who run online studies for their Master thesis.

If you plan to graduate in a later academic year, the reseach participation obligation remains unchanged.

1st and 2nd year students
The reseach participation obligation remains unchanged. Tip: if you obtain 15 points in your first year, you will get a bonus of 5 points.



Period 4 exams moved to the week of 8 June 2020.

Prognosis for other exams:
   Period 5 and 6 exams: all examinations will be offered online in periods 5 and 6.

Research Master / Forensic Master

Period 4 exams still scheduled for 30 March – 3 April 2020, but most likely as an online exam or through a home assignment.

Prognosis for other exams:
   Period 5 and 6 exams: all examinations will be offered online in periods 5 and 6.

RESITS also called '2nd exam'

Resits for courses of period 2 and 3 resits have been postponed to 15-19 June.

Prognosis for other resits:
   Resits for courses of period 4, 5 and 6: all resits will be offered online in periods 4, 5 and 6.


Incoming exchange students

At the moment, is not clear if the planned exchanges (autumn 2020) can proceed. Please check the UM webpage 'Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)' and this page regularly for updates.



Staff (general)

We understand that not everyone has experience when it comes to online teaching. It takes effort to transform your courses from offline to online in a meaningful way. This process has to be accelerated now, which can be a daunting task as well as an exciting challenge. Support is available from your own faculty and from the university library.

University Library support:

FPN support:
    Mon-Fri 10:00 -16:00
    +31 43 388 4009



MyMediasite is preferred platform to distribute lectures and other video material.  There are several ways to get your lecture available on MyMediasite. If you do not want to use the Mediasite distribution platform, or want to use other tools than described below, support may be restricted.


► Re-use an existing recording.

This will be the default in the bachelor programma. If there are existing recordings of your course, you will be contacted about them. Use the discussion board for questions and answers about the lecture.

► Record a new lecture

Use one of the options below to record a lecture. Use the discussion board (enabled by default) for questions and answers about the lecture.

◉ Record a new lecture via the MyMediasite Desktop Recorder.
Benefits: this tool creates and distributes your recording.
Disadvantages: Requires one time installation. Not for Apple OSX Catalina.
          More information >>

◉ Record a new lecture in a UM lecture hall.
Benefits: fast, no additional steps needed. Requires appointment (video-fpn@maas..).

◉ Record a new lecture via the recording option of powerpoint.
   Upload the powerpoint-recording to MyMediasite.
       Explainer video (external) >>



As a result of the sudden measures, several courses offered additional reading material, instead of online tutorial groups. For period 5, we intend to offer tutorial sessions online. As with the sessions 'in real life', we will employ student tutors to structure these meetings.


Realtime communication tools

- Video: Use blackboard collaborate to create an online video conferencing session.
Advantages: build into EleUM. Many features.
   Explainer video >>      Advanced settings >>

- Video:  Available soon: use online platform 'Zoom'.
Advantages: easy. Image quality can be better.

We recommend against using other conferencing tools. They might not be in compliance with the GDPR and/or the UM might not have a data processing agreement with these companies.


Add blended learning tools

Additional blended learning tools can enhance your online meeting. 
Examples (external link) >>

See 'Online education information for tutors' for more information.


Update history

28-03-2020 13:15: added BA thesis. Clearified research participation obligation.
18-03-2020 21:45
- Info on internships and exchanges
15-03-2020 22:20 - added 'All UM buildings will be closed to students' from UM update 12 (17:30h)
15-03-2020 22:17 - IPN3011 will als use last years' recordings.
15-03-2020 12:52 - Changed measures 'Teaching activities in period 5 (and possibly 6) will be moved online as far as possible.'
14-04-2020 20:15 - Student and staff info published.
12-03-2020 21:07 - Changed. 'UM will only be offering distance learing'
12-03-2020 20:39 - Page added.

Last modified: Sat, 28/03/2020 - 13:16

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