Learning activites, tools & resources

You can find an overview of possible interesting online learning activities here. This page gives you an overview on how you can organize specific learning activities. Each theme provides information about the kind of learning activities, tools you could use to facilitate the learning activity and additional resources about this activity.

An online based learning environment facilitates students and teachers in digital solutions that enhance the learning experience. The most used online learning environments at the UU and UMCU are the Lifelong Learning platform and BlackBoard.

Several online meetings tools can be used to stay in contact with your students;

MS Teams
MS Teams is suitable for communicating in (live) online education, collective storage of documents and offers several communication options; via chat, video, audio, raise hands feature, sharing screens, polls etc. It can be accessed via a SolisID.

WebEx is available for UMCU teachers only. It can be used for online meetings and offers simular functionalities within this meetings as MS Teams; communication via chat, video, audio, raise hands feature and sharing screens.

Starleaf can be used via a Solisid. It can be used for online meetings and offers simular functionalities within this meetings as MS Teams; communication via chat, video, audio, raise hands feature and sharing screens.

·      Manual on Starleaf: www.manuals.uu.nl/en/handleiding/starleaf-installation


You can use all the online meeting tools that are mentioned in 4.2 to facilitate contact between students as well.

Specifically within Teams you can use the channels to let students discuss in smaller groups. You can also use the Break-out rooms in Teams for that purpose, they will be made available for the organizer of a meeting in the second half of December.

 Extra information:

Lectures can be given via MS Teams (or WebEx/Starleaf). The online attention span is shorter, so make sure to keep it short and to use the chat / raise hands feature to create interaction. You can also use a voting tool/quiz to facilitate interaction.

Knowledge clips
Instead of (live) lectures, you could also decide to record knowledge clips. This fits with the short online attention span and give students the opportunity to learn at their own time and space. Knowledge clips are videos in which the information is divided into logical parts within a limited amount of time (max. between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on the topic). You can use existing materials or record your own clip using a laptop (with screencasting for instance), PowerPoint or MS Teams.

An e-module is a digital learning unit in which interactive elements (such as formative questions) and media (such as pictures or a movie) are included. An e-module can be embedded within a course on the Lifelong learning platform or in Blackboard.

Creating your own e-module is possible with the Rise application. Please contact e-modules@umcutrecht.nl for further explanation.

You can also use Xerte or Grasple.

The above options for acquiring knowledge do not require students to be active participants and are therefore more passive learning activities. However, activating activities will help students process the information on a deeper level and provide opportunities to practice. Think about making your reading materials or videos more interactive by adding questions or discussion topics, giving students assignments (possibly what you would do face-to-face), and/or let students test themselves. Examples of interactive tools:

There are several ways to organize teacher & peer feedback online.

Teacher feedback:

  •      Feedbackfruits Assignment review. This tool is integrated in Blackboard and provides the opportunity to also give feedback on specific parts of a text, instead of just general feedback like in Blackboard.

Peer feedback:

  •       Feedbackfruits Peer review. This tool is integrated in Blackboard and automatically facilitates the entire peer feedback process. Students are notified to hand in their assignments, are automatically assigned to students to give peer feedback to and automatically receive their feedback.
  •       Pitch2Peer. This tool is also integrated in Blackboard and is specifically focused on peer feedback for videos or presentations. This for example can be used as a replacement of face-to-face poster presentations.

Want to know more about (peer) feedback? Join the online Educate-it module on (peer)feedback (log in: https://lll-platform.uu.nl/enrol/signup/?l=feI-7guFXVwk)

Skill education has been marked as a priority to be hosted on campus, but it might be that there is still less time available in the lab compared to the situation before COVID-19. There are several tools that support labwork online. You will find a list with extra information below:

  • Labster: has many virtual stimulation labs that in a normal situation function as a preparation for on campus labwork, but might also be suitable for remote education. The lab can be added to BlackBoard as a plugin (request via educate-itbalie@uu.nl). To see all UU accessible labs [https://www.labster.com/faculty-resources/] use:

            Username: Utrecht

            Password: Utrecht_Labster123

  • Labbuddy: is designed to guide students through their real lab work without using simulations. It provides background information on different techniques and protocols and helps students to build their own experiments in ‘Experiment Designer’. Teacher questions or automatics feedback can be added. The ‘Work Modus’ guides student through the practical lab work, by providing, among others, instruction, videos, manuals, and timers. For more information please contact Janine Geerling.



There are limited possibilities to assess your students on campus, which means that most part of the testing will need to take place online.

For BMS teachers, more information about the opportunities for (digital) assessment can be find here (In Dutch).

For BETA teachers, more information can be found here.

Want to know more about (digital) assesment? Have a look at one of the following links:

If your assessment will require online proctoring, find out more information here.