Teaching your course

Students register in Osiris in advance for the course. The course coordinator receives the list of registrations and email addresses of the students from the administration (infoBMS@umcutrecht.nl ).

The key-user of the Lifelong Learning platform creates a sign-up link of the course. Students can register themselves for the course via this link.

Send an email with the sign-up link to the students before the course starts. You can use the text below.
 

Dear student, 

You are enrolled in the course [name course] which will start [start date]. The course is hosted on the Lifelong Learning platform and you can login and register for the course and platform using your Solis-ID via this link [sign up link].

After registration you can change your profile and settings and, for example, add a photo to further personalize your profile-page. 

For content-related questions about the course you can email me [name and email teacher]. 

For platform-related technical questions you can email the support team ( lllplatform-support@uu.nl)

Enjoy the course, 

Kind regards, 

A difference between Blackboard and the Lifelong Learning platform is the possibility of interaction between students. You can attach a place for discussion in each learning activity and also use a discussion forum as a learning activity. This great feature does require some other teacher skills, namely moderation skills. Here are some general tips to get you started: 

• Cleary communicate if you (or a student assistant) will read and interact in the discussion forums. Our advice would be to do so, so that you keep informed about what is happening between students and between students and the content. Be clear on the amount of time you will check the messages. Will this be every day or once a week for example. 
 
• Just like face-2-face education, the success of an online course depends on the students. Some groups are very interactive online and others find it harder to react on each other and only do so if the interaction is mandatory. It is possible to make it mandatory to open a discussion topic or to have to react to 2 discussion topics before the activity is switched to complete. You can choose these settings yourself, depending on the amount of students. It might feel a bit forced, but your dependency on group interactivity lessens significantly.
 
• Send a weekly message (or twice a week) through News. Don't make the message too long, but update the students on relevant information, deadlines and give general feedback on how they are progressing. You can consider referring to a comment of a student to show them that you are reading everything and they are not only talking to their peers. It will keep the students more engaged during the course.
 
• This depends on the design of your course, but most courses work better if the students invest time in the course multiple times a week. Tell them they can't do everything in one sitting in the weekend. Most courses depend on interaction between students during the week. Setting deadlines during the week can help with this. 

For more moderation suggestions see this training course How to design my education on the Lifelong Learning platform.

Technical problems may occur during the course, for example problems with registering, starting up a video or submitting assignments or giving peer feedback.

You can send an email to lllplatform-support@uu.nl for direct help and support.

When evaluating an online course, a digital evaluation form is used. The link to this form is created by the quality assurance department and sent to the course coordinator.

This link can be included in the course environment at the end of the course so that students can fill out the form directly online.

Once the course and assessment procedure has been completed, the course including user data (participation in discussion forums, submitted products, etc.) will be archived. A copy of the course will be made as next edition. Archiving and copying of the course is done by a key-user of the Lifelong Learning platform.

Before the course starts again, adjustments can be made to the course based on evaluation results or based on educational or technological innovations.