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Share your experiences of online teaching. Register for the University webinar

Thanks to the corona crisis, you as a lecturer at Leiden University now have over three months experience of remote teaching. If you would like to share your experiences with other lecturers at the University and join in the workshops, register for the webinar on digital teaching and learning in times of corona on 7 July.

‘I want to talk about the pressure cooker that is the corona crisis and the years-long transformation process that this has expedited.’ These are the words of Public Health lecturer Jeroen de Wilde from the Faculty of Medicine/LUMC. He is one of the staff members who will talk about his experiences of digital teaching and learning in a testimonial and workshop. De Wilde’s words express the accepted wisdom about the sudden, forced transition to digital teaching. The webinar ‘Digital teaching and learning in times of corona’ will look for the nuances.

Education Day

The webinar will replace the annual Education Day, which was going to be held at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs this year. It is the initiative of the departments that deal with teaching at all levels: the Vision on Teaching and Learning project team in collaboaration with the Centre for Innovation, ICLON and Leiden Teachers Academy. The webinar will be in English.

During the opening, Vice-Rector Hester Bijl will talk about her experience and vision of digital teaching and learning.


The webinar also gives you the opportunity to look in more depth at a specific topic. The lecturers have chosen to base their workshops on personal experience so that, although they specialise in a particular discipline, their workshop will be accessible to other lecturers. The workshops will begin with a personal testimonial. There will then be time for questions and discussion.

A survey of lecturers helped decide the topics.

  • Egbert Koops, law: Online multiple choice testing: yes, no, maybe?
    Online testing is tricky because of the large risk of fraud. Within limits, multiple choice testing may provide a way forward. We constructed a 600+ question database to make randomised multiple choice testing possible. Each student is provided with an unique assignment of 30 MC questions. We received good guidance from ICLON on several statistical questions.
  • Frank Takes, computer science: Interaction & Engagement
    Online teaching can pose challenges when it comes to gauging student interest. 
  • Jan Sleutels, philosophy: How online teaching affects the learning experience. Results from two surveys among students.
    Learn from colleagues how you can get students to actively engage with online lectures.
  • Madeleine Hosli, international relatioins: ‘Internships Cancelled due to Covid-19 -- Let us Write a Book Instead!’
    This session focuses on how a challenge in the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy programme this spring – with many international internships cancelled or postponed – was met by introducing, at short notice, an alternative 10-EC module for students affected by travel bans and internship cancellations. The ‘course’ consists of a collective project, under the supervision of the lecturer, with all participating students writing a chapter for a collective edited volume titled ‘The Future of Multilateralism’. Students also manage the contact with publishers, interview practitioners on current challenges they are facing in their organisation and edit the volume before submission.
  • Jeroen de Wilde, public health: ‘How-to Feedbackfruits Peer review & Interactive Video’
    Feedbackfruits has all kinds of tools that enable activating asynchronous education. For example, with Fbf Interactive Video, you can play screencasts or knowledge clips in which you can set quiz questions during playback. FbF Peer review has many setting options where students can give feedback on each other’s products. Medical students use it to give structured feedback on recordings of (simulated) doctor-patient consultations of themselves and other students. This session will demonstrate what the possibilities are and how you can easily set up these tools.
  • Robert van ‘t Sant, SOZ: From Blackboard to Brightspace: Which online learning tools can I use in my Brightspace course?
    Which tooling will be available to you once you start teaching in Brightspace in September? We will tell you what we did to create a better experience for students and will demo several tools that can be used to create more engagement in your course. There will be room for questions on Brightspace too. 
  • Esther Kentin, law: Moot Court online
    Changing to personal online teaching for large numbers of students requires effective organisation and planning. Leadership, teamwork and some braveness are essential as well as connectedness with students.
  • Remco Breuker, Korean Studies: The do’s and especially the don’t of podcasting in long-distance learning.


Registration is now closed. If you have registered, you will receive a link to the session on 6 July around 3 p.m. via email.



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