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Hybrid and online education

Here you will find information about the facilities and support available at FSW for recording or streaming lectures, providing hybrid education, or offering lecture notes in advance (flipping the classroom).

The university's larger lecture halls are equipped with fixed Mediasite recording equipment for creating weblectures or livestreaming lectures. Next to being recorded, lectures can be livestreamed (with a 30-60 second delay) to students at home or to a different room in the Pieter de la Court building. 

Request weblectures/livestreams

Weblecture recordings and livestreams are scheduled by SOLO and will start and stop automatically on the given times. SOLO will also take care of the editing and placement of the weblecture/livestream links on Brightspace. 

Does your lecture take place in a room without fixed recording equipment? If this is the case, please look under 'Hybrid education'

To set up a hybrid class (with students participating online and on campus) you will need webcam equipment and one of the video tools of Leiden University. 

Webcam equipment has been pre-installed in all teaching rooms in the Pieter de la Courtbuilding. 

If you need help choosing the right video tool, please consult the Teaching support site with a practical comparison of all the video tools and links to their manuals. You can always contact us via solo@fsw.leidenuniv.nl for further advice.

Videotool instructions

Want to create a meeting or make and process recordings? As a teacher, you are responsible for creating the meeting links on time and for sharing the information with your students.

Read the instructions

More didactical and technical support

In an online webinar or seminar, all students can participate from home. In order to teach a fully online lecture or workgroup, you can use one of Leiden University's video tools: Kaltura Live Room, MS Teams or Zoom.

Need help choosing a video tool? Consult the Teaching support site for a practical comparison of all video tools and links to the manuals.

You can pre-record your lectures and place them online as knowledge clips or podcasts. Students can access these short video or audio clips on Brightspace at a time convenient for them. This can also allow for more in-depth discussions during contact hours.  


For the creation of knowledge clips, podcasts and other AV projects, you can also use the faculty's renovated AV studio in 1B16. Please contact SOLO for more information, for example, about space availability and about SOLO's support in preparation, recording and editing of projects.

Make your own recording

With Kaltura Capture, you can record lectures at home and easily place the videos in your Brightspace course. The software allows you to make a screen recording (of your PowerPoint, for example) and record yourself at the same time. Consult the Kaltura Capture page on the Teaching support site for helpful video tutorials and links to the extensive manuals on this screencast tool.

To create podcasts, Audacity is a proper audio recording tool that can be used both at home and at your university workplace. You can upload the recording on Kaltura and place it in your Brightspace course.

Some tips:

  • Use of a good quality webcam and microphone. For use at the university workplace, SOLO has webcams and USB microphones available for loan (see below: Borrowing a webcam of microphone).
  • Split the lecture material up into shorter clips (6-8 minutes) and focus on one specific topic or concept per .
  • It’s not always necessary to create new content yourself. Explore if there are materials available already that you can reuse in your course. For example, consider MOOCs, TED talks, or open educational materials from your fellow lecturers. 
  • Connect the video clips or the podcasts to a clear task, activity, or assignment so that students can immediately apply the knowledge provided and test their understanding. 
  • Make your video/podcast interactive with the Kaltura Interactive Video feature or the FeedbackFruits Interactive video or Interactive audio tool. This activates the students while watching/listening and lets them check if they have understood the material correctly. As an instructor, you will also gain insight into the knowledge and understanding of the students based on the results and responses in these tools.
  • Always give students the possibility to ask questions, for example through online Q&A sessions organized with one of the video tools or a Brightspace discussion forum.
  • Consult the video toolkit for more tips on creating videos or podcasts for educational purposes.

The SOLO lending pool has been expanded with more webcams and microphones for use in your office at the Pieter de la Courtbuilding. The webcams and microphones are available for 1 day-loan and can be picked up/handed in at the SOLO desk between 9.00-17.00.

  • Book in advance via the Reservation tile in the Helpdesk portal 
  • Pick up or hand in at the SOLO desk (open 9-17h)

Leiden University has created a Code of Conduct for Remote and Hybrid Teaching. It contains important guidelines for participating in an online or hybrid class, for example, about behaviour and privacy. You can point this out to your students in advance.

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