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Teaching tools

The tools listed below are available for you to use in your teaching. Several of them will be familiar with you.

Tools for online lectures

This overview shows the tools you can use in your online classes.

This tool is suitable for online classes of both smaller and larger groups of students (max. 350). For groups between 200-350 students, a Large Live Room can be requested by sending an email to ecole@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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MS Teams is a versatile program. You can use Teams for online meetings with coworkers or weekly online lectures with your students. Teams is mainly useful to hold meetings in smaller groups or with individual students. This will allow you to keep in contact with your students in a less formal manner. Teams is also a useful tool for students to work together, for example in sub-channels in your team.

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Are you looking to host an online event with a high number of participants? Teams Live Events may be an option. This tool within Teams gives you the possibility to organise webinars for up to 10,000 people. Here you can give your presentation while participants can ask questions in the chat. For Live Events you will always need a moderator to keep an eye on what to display on screen.

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Zoom is another tool for online teaching. Note: You are not allowed to use Zoom for anything other than educational purposes. Also don't use Zoom when sharing sensitive information in your lectures. Zoom can be used for groups of up to 1,000 participants.

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Video & Audio tools

Use the programs below to make sure that your students engage with course materials outside of class. Tips for making your own videos can be found in the video toolkit. Tips for creating your own podcast can be found here.

Kaltura Capture can be used to record (short) weblectures. This can be done either to replace a lecture or as an addition to your lectures. Record short videos that students are to watch to prepare for a lecture, for example. See weblectures and knowledge clips for more information. Kaltura Capture allows you to record your screen, webcam footage, and audio all at the same time. Note that editing options for these recordings are limited to cutting and trimming only.

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Videos made or uploaded in the Kaltura Video Portal can be converted to interactive video quizzes. It is up to you at which point in a video you want to stop and have the students answer a question on the discussed materials.

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Audacity is a free audio-editing software tool you can use to record podcasts. Through podcasts you can communicate information with students in an accessible way. Audacity offers more options to edit your podcast than Kaltura Captura and allows you to remove any background noise if needed.

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Through SonoBus you can host an online audio meeting and record it with high audio quality. This is ideal for synchronous podcasts with multiple speakers without them having to be in the same location. It is also possible to use the application alongside Teams or Zoom so you can see each other. The application is free but the network connection is not encrypted. Make sure to set up a password for audio meetings and do not share sensitive information during a meeting through speech or the SonoBus chat. We highly recommend using headphones to prevent any echoing voices.

Interactive education

Take a look at the collection of active learning methods that you can use during lectures in order to encourage active participation in your classes.

Increase interaction using the online voting tool PresentersWallGive interactive presentations where students actively engage with the material by answering questions or polls on the spot using their phones. 

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FeedbackFruits is a tool you can use to have students discuss texts online. You can also add questions to a text which students are required to answer before they can continue reading. This tool can be useful as preparation for lectures. FeedbackFruits is accessible through Brightspace.

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How do you motivate students to actively engage with the course materials outside of class? There are several online tools available to encourage self-study. 

Ellips was created for use in speech, listening and writing skills education. Through Ellips you can develop semi-adaptive modules to have students engage with the course materials in an interactive way. Explain materials and then provide assignments: multiple choice (where one or more answers are correct), fill-in the blanks, transcription practice, and voice-recording assignments. Students are automatically given more assignments on topics that they have not yet mastered. 

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Rise allows you to set up an e-learning module. The program offers a plethora of possibilities to showcase your course materials in an inviting and organised design, and also allows you to add interactive assignments, such as quizzes, flashcards, infographics and more.

Example: This module for active learning methods was made in Rise.

Contact ECOLe if you want to use Rise

With formative examinations, students take (small) tests or assignments to either test their knowledge or prepare them for lectures. These tests can be offered through Brightspace (Quizzes, Turnitin, Pitch2peer) or Remindo. Want to know more about these tools? Look at the page on digital examination tools.

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