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Online education at FGW - support & guidelines

On this page, you will find information on remote education for lecturers of the Faculty of Humanities.

Keep an eye on this webpage, we will regularly update it with useful information, invitations and answers to questions we are gradually collecting.
Please note that this page is an addition to Remote Teaching website of Leiden University



When: Thursday 6 August 11:00-13:00 Where: Kaltura Live Room (you will reveice the link after signing up) This interactive online workshop will teach you how to use Remindo, the test application of our faculty, to set up weekly assignments. Weekly assignments keep your students engaged with the material at home and can also serve as great practice material for students to study for exams.    During the workshop you will learn how to set up a question bank and how to generate your test using your question bank. You will then be able to practice and apply what you have learned during break-out sessions. 

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Options for on-campus teaching will be expanded next semester. One of these options will likely be a form of hybrid education, where some classes will be provided online and on campus simultaneously. This means that students who are unable to come to university will still be able to attend classes. 

ECOLe is working on setting up support for hybrid education for the next semester. We will inform you as soon as the plans for hybrid education at our faculty are finalised. 

Do you want to start preparing your course for next semester now? Check out this roadmap by ICLON on how to set up flexible education. The roadmap covers 3 phases of course design: preparation, delivery, and final assessment. It covers topics such as media, structuring tutorials, assessment, student communities, and hybrid models of education.

We have compiled a list of actions on How to set up online assessments with Blackboard and Turnitins that help you to set up the exams as safely as possible, including the Declaration of Originality.

This document is also available on the right.

At the present time, online proctoring is being used University wide in around 13% of the exams. Most students are unfamiliar with this form of invigilation and we are seeing that it is causing some disquiet among students. They are concerned about privacy or whether their exam results will be negatively impacted by the pressure they experience. To dispel this disquiet, or - even better - to prevent it, and to give them a better understanding of online proctoring, at the beginning of May an email was sent to students on this subject. Teaching staff may find it useful to refer students to this email. 
Please also see the communication guidelines for the use of proctoring on the right (pdf, Dutch).

Exams with open essay-type questions can be set up in Blackboard, using Turnitin. ECOLe can help you with this. Please send us your questions by e-mail well in advance! However, if you choose to configure the exams yourself, please remember to at least include the Declaration of Originality  which is required by the Faculty Board. Please also do this if you choose an alternative exam format, even if you send the questions by email.
We have compiled a list of actions on How to set up online assessments with Blackboard and Turnitins that help you to set up the exams as safely as possible.

uMail has been updated to a new software environment. Due to this update, any automatic forwarding from a student’s uMail account to their personal account is no longer active. This means any email messages you send via Blackboard or Brightspace, for example, are not automatically sent to their personal email account. This might hinder communications with your students as they may not be aware of this issue. Please inform them on the actions they need to take to re-activate the forward, for example during a lecture. You can refer to this guide

Extra security step

From 22 April, you will no longer be able to sign into Teams, Office 365, OneDrive and Skype for Business with your ULCN account alone, but will need to go through an extra security step. You will have to verify your identity with Microsoft Authenticator. 

Follow the instructions on the university website.

Declaration of originality

To make students extra aware of our rules regarding fraud and plagiarism, a statement of originality has been made for students (see document on the right, also in Dutch). 
The statement helps to confirm and strengthen the standard that applies at our university. Students make tests and assignments themselves, without plagiarism. By including the statement in the test, the student is reminded that he or she should not cheat, but also that other students should not do so. Behavioral research shows that endorsing a statement of originality just before an exam or assignment works best. Also included in the statement is the fact that students realize that fraud may also harm other students. It is recommended to make students aware of this outside the assessment and to point out their responsibility in this respect.

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