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Less education will take place on location and more will take place remotely (online). This means that the use of the online learning environment will be changed or expanded. Examples of online learning environments are the Lifelong Learning-platform (for more information please contact Anne-Petra Rozendal), BlackBoard, MS Teams and others like Feedback, Fruits, Xerte and Grasple. Educate-it offers extensive information about platforms and tools.



MS Teams (max. 250 participants, raise hands and chat function, 9 screens visible at the same time) via SolisID, WebEx (max. 200 participants, Webex Events expansion possible), Starleaf (more screens in view, no interaction possibilities).

Extra information:

-    Manual MS Teams (

-    Webinar on MS Teams (

-    Instruction on Webex (

-    Voting tool/ quiz for interaction

  • MS Teams Poll during your meeting
  • Mentimeter (presenters pace, audience pace)


Peer-feedback, group assignments

-        Educate-it module on (peer)feedback (log in:

-        Overview of good practices student-student interaction (follows)

Lecture through MS Team although not recommended when there is no interaction due to online attention span. 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.

Extra information:

-    Existing materials: Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) [] offers educational videos on commonly used techniques and methods.

-    Educate-it module on video (log in:

-    PowerPoint recording (without being visible as a teacher):

The options underneath 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 normally also would do), and/or let students test themselves.

-        FeedbackFruits interactive document and video (integratable with BlackBoard)

-        Assignments in Blackboard

-        Self testing: Mentimeter, quizzes in online Learning environments, Remindo

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 To see all UU accessible labs [] use:

o   Username: Utrecht

o   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.

Extra information:

-        Educate-it module on (digital) assessment (log in: