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Remote teaching, testing and assessing

We support you as much as possible with remote teaching, testing and assessing.

Tips and tools

For tips and tools about online teaching, see the Remote Teaching website. Here you can learn how to record a video lecture and share this with your students through the Kaltura video platform and how to make your teaching interactive – despite the distance. The information is divided into topics, but you can also search for keywords. There is also an FAQ.

The information on the site will be supplemented and updated over the coming period. Make sure to visit regularly to see the latest tips & tricks.

Don't use Zoom

Leiden University does not permit the use of Zoom. This is because there are privacy risks that are currently being investigated. Zoom sells or shares personal data with third parties. An option such as Attendee Attention Tracking is also a risk. The University has safer alternatives, such as Kaltura LiveRoom and Microsoft Teams.

If you are invited to a meeting by someone outside the University, for instance, please observe the following guidelines:   

  • Set the cookie settings in your browser to minimal/essential to avoid tracking cookies.
  • Do not record meetings.
  • Do not use the download option and do not share documents or files through the video conferencing tool.
  • Always use a password for meetings.
  • Set audio and video to mute as a default and only switch them on when you are participating in a meeting.
  • As a host do not enable attention tracking.

Need help?

If you can't find an answer on the remote teaching website, faculty education support staff are available to answer questions via email: 


If you still have questions, use the Remote Teaching Tile in the Helpdesk to get in touch with the Remote Teaching Support Team. With urgent questions, call 071 527 8888.

Switching to remote teaching will require a huge effort from everyone and will take some getting used to. We therefore don't want to burden you, our staff, with such a major change again in the near future.

We hope that this decision will give you peace of mind. If the government relaxes its corona measures, we don't rule out the possibility of reintroducing certain forms of face-to-face teaching or assessment. In principle, however, remote teaching will be the guiding principle for all our degree programmes and courses for the rest of this academic year.

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