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On-campus teaching

Education that takes places on campus is also called on-campus teaching. How do you make optimal use of the (often limited) contact hours that you have?

Click on the education forms for tips and tricks.

Lectures can feel like an one-way street of information for students. By building in regular moments of interaction, you can prevent this and help students focus on the lecture.

Tips & tools

  • Ask questions regularly or give an assignment to create interaction. By using tools like Feedbackfruits or Presenterswall it is easier for (the more introverted) students to react. Which means more students will respond and are engaged, not only those on the front row. 
  • Record your lecture so that students can watch it back whenever they want or need to. In some lecture halls recording equipment is build in to record these lectures, in the other cases you can loan a webcamset to record your lecture on campus.
  • Do you teach on location while part of the students is participating online? (This is called hybrid teaching.) Then use the webcamset and Kaltura Live RoomMicrosoft Teams or Zoom. Project one of these tools via the beamer and open your slides in the tool as well. This way the slides are visible for everyone, everyone on location can see the online participants and the online participants can see you as well.

In a working group you want the student to apply the knowledge they gained earlier. Make use of the interaction between students and supervisors that is possible in a working group on campus.

Tips & tools

  • What do you aim for with your working group? There are several activating modes of instruction that you can apply to a working group. Looking for advise about which mode of instruction suits your education? Contact us via seeds@science.leidenuniv.nl 
  • To make the most of the time you have, briefly activate prior knowledge (for example with a short introduction or quiz) and use the rest of the time to get them to work. Avoid transforming the working group into a lecture. 
  • Do you teach on location while part of the students is participating online? (This is called hybrid teaching) Then use the webcamset and Kaltura Live Room or Microsoft Teams. Project one of these tools via the beamer and open your slides in the tool as well. This way the slides are visible for everyone, everyone on location can see the online participants and the only participants can see you as well. Make separate groups online and on location if you want students to collaborate, because this is technically the easiest solution.

The time that students can spend in the lab is very valuable. So it is important that students can get to work quickly. To make optimal use of the limited amount of time, students should know exactly what to do in the lab and therefore be well-prepared. 

Tips & tools

  • Provide assignments beforehand that prepare them on the lab practicals, to ensure that students know exactly what they should do. You can use Labbuddy to make students prepare their research set-up and carry it out in the lab. 
  • (How) do you want your students to keep a labjournal? Make sure that your students know beforehand what this means and how they should do this, especially when it is new to them and if you have specific requirements.
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