Why remote teaching?
In line with advice from the Dutch government and the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Leiden University is shaping and organising the ‘1.5-metre university’. Updates regarding these measures can be found on the Corona Virus Updates page on the university website. At the moment this means that small scale research, seminars, and exams will be allowed when necessary but working remote will stay the norm. This includes remote teaching; a form of education with little to no physical gatherings, sometimes called Blended Learning.
From emergency remote teaching to durable remote teaching
Making the sudden switch to remote teaching has been burdensome, especially for those working with a programme that had been completely offline before. There was little to no time to properly (re)design existing courses and make them suitable for remote teaching. Since it is still uncertain when these measurements will no longer be necessary and blended learning teaching methods will stay relevant and valuable even after, it is worth investing in remote teaching. With the first rushed remote teaching phase behind us, we are now ready to go from ‘emergency remote teaching’ to more sustainable remote education.
The benefits of remote teaching
Fortunately, remote teaching also has its merits. It gives us the chance to review, change or let go of educational methods and explore new ones. It offers new opportunities for student interaction while helping them develop their academic skills. And the tools that can be used for remote teaching often feature the option to automate tasks and support students during their learning process.
When designing a didactically strong remote teaching program, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. On this website, you will find all the information you need to get started.