Taisiya Morozova on Online Learning in Sweden
Master Degree student of the Institute of Mathematics and IT Taisiya Morozova described distance education at Umea University.
For seven months, starting from September 2019, the holder of two scholarships of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Karelia, programmer of the Automation Systems Center of PetrSU Taisiya Morozova has been studying the applied theory of probability in Sweden.
“In Sweden, as in many countries, universities are temporarily closed, yet courses have not been canceled and are now taught online. We study in dormitories, as the campus is closed to students and only teachers have access, even though many of them work from home. I know that some exchange students have already left home. Nevertheless, all my friends and fellow students have stayed here. The dormitory has not changed, as it seems that all my neighbors too have decided to stay.
Sweden uses the Zoom platform for online conferences. I have never used it, yet on March 26 we had our first online lecture so I had to learn quickly and it was easy to master. So far I enjoy this form of studying and it is much better than just reading slides of a presentation as a teacher tells us more than is written on a slide. Besides, it is comfortable to sit in your room and listen to a lecture. Assignments for this course, as usual, will include laboratory works: a task is published on a site, we perform it and write a report on the results. Interestingly enough, we were told to do the assignments in pairs (and even encouraged that it would be better if we did), which is good since collaboration with my group members remains the same.
We communicate with teachers mainly using the University’s Cambro platform.
In my free time, I write my thesis on Analysis of Queuing Systems with Repeated Calls. I work on a paper that we were going to write with my father Evsey Morozov. By the way, now I am reading his book on probability theory Stability analysis of regenerative queueing systems.
Moreover, I look for a Ph.D. position, consider various options of postgraduate studies, and review papers on potential Ph.D. thesis.”