Developing and teaching an online course

Online and blended education offers the possibility to add active learning methods to your course, or develop a new elective course that can be followed by students abroad. Online courses offer students more flexibility in planning their programme. For more information you can contact Anne-Petra Rozendal. Even if you do not have clear ideas yet, it is possible to share your thoughts or questions in an informal consult.

As a GSLS Master programme coordinator or teacher you can initiate a request for the development of an online or blended course. The request needs to be submitted to Anne-Petra Rozendal. She will schedule a meeting to discuss the request. If necessary, Harold van Rijen (Master courses) or Saskia Ebeling (PhD courses) can be invited.

The requirements will be discussed using a course plan form, which includes course topics, target groups, learning objectives, assessment methods and ECTs. The availability of content experts (colleagues who are experts in the topics of the course), the global planning, plan of approach and the implementation will be determined as well.

The course plan has to be approved by Harold van Rijen for Master courses and by Saskia Ebeling for PhD courses.

Upon approval, a course project team will be established to design and develop the course.

In the course design phase, the project team (teacher/content expert(s),  educationalist/instructional designer) will formulate the learning objectives of the course in detail. A course structure will be designed, and based on the learning objectives, decisions are made on the right learning activities and the to be developed course materials (e.g. recorded lectures, assignments, texts, slides, cases). The team ascertains the assessment methods as well (e.g. participation in discussions, final assignment, online exam). More general information about designing a course can be found here.

In the course development phase, all course materials will be developed by the teacher/content experts. This includes slides, texts, assignments, recording lectures et cetera. Assessment tasks can be designed in several ways, for example: a test, an essay, or an assignment. Here you can find more information about the use of the assessment matrix and the assessment panel. The instructional designer will build the course in the online learning environment.

Master courses will be reviewed by the involved master programme coordinator.

To register a new Master course and communicate the course description in Osiris and in the GSLS Study Guide, the Filecourse format has to be filled in. Go here for more detailed information or contact Nivard Koning for Biomedical Sciences and Hans Luijendijk for the Faculty of Science.

To register a new PhD course contact the PhD Course Centre.

The course information will be included in the GSLS Study Guide course list and Osiris course catalogue so UU Master students can register for the course.  Students from other Dutch universities must be registered in Osiris as ‘contractant’. International Master students have to pay a course fee. For more information about enrolment of international students contact Anne-Petra Rozendal. For online PhD courses, participants can go to the PhD Course Centre for information, registration and payment.

Two weeks before the course starts, students are admitted to the online course environment.

In the teaching phase, the course will be online and available for students. The course will be taught by you or a colleague teacher. You have to be present in the course environment on a daily basis to answer questions about the content and give feedback on assignments.

After the completion of the course, UU students receive ECTs in Osiris. External participants will receive a UU certificate.

When the course has ended, the grades obtained by UU/GSLS Master students need to be registered in Osiris. You can do this yourself using Osiris Docent or via the administration desk of the faculty who register the course. Master students from other Dutch universities are entitled to ECTs as well. You can register their grades in Osiris. They also receive a certificate with ECTs.

International participants will only receive a certificate. The certificates must be signed by Gönül Dilaver.

Osiris administration:
UMCU - infobms@umcutrecht.nl
Science Faculty: science.gsls@uu.nl

For more information go to Registering course results.

At the end of the course, students fill in the online GSLS evaluation form (for online and blended courses). This form is embedded in the online course. The evaluation report has to  be sent to the Educational Committee. The results will be discussed and - when necessary - adjustments will be made for the next edition of the course.