Roadmap to flexible education

The roadmap is a convenient and interactive text to consult in preparation for (online) education. The roadmap covers three phases of course design: preparation, delivery, and final assessment. It covers topics such as media, structuring tutorials, assessment, student communities, and hybrid models of education. It guides you through nine essential questions to ask when designing a course. Each question comes with tips, suggestions, and additional resources. Click on the visual below to start your interactive roadmap journey. Or scroll down to download the PDF. You can also download the lesson plan.

PDF Roadmap

Making a remote teaching plan is a bit different from what you might be used to. But spending some extra time on preparation, delivery, and final assessment allows you to create a more sustainable program that can serve you for several years. Based on these three phases, there are a few things to keep in mind (for a more detailed guide please look at the Roadmap).

What should I know and learn before adapting my course?

What should my students know and learn from my course?

  • Make yourself familiar with what has already been decided by your faculty, institute, or educational directors about tools, methods, and procedures.
  • Identify your educational objectives. You might have to restructure your existing course so we advise you to go back to the core, what is the educational objective of the course?
  • Brush up on your didactic knowledge.

Which course elements can I re-use or adapt for flexible learning?

  • It can be really helpful to start a group with fellow teachers to work on the redesign together, so you can exchange best practices and ideas.
  • Find out if there is existing content available from previous years, or if there are other open educational resources (OER) that can be used. This will save you precious time. You can find more information on the Using Open Educational Resources page on this website.

How do I efficiently and effectively structure an (online) lecture or tutorial?

  • Acquaint yourself with the main considerations regarding remote teaching. If you take these into account you have all the ingredients to build a strong plan.
  • Find out where you can go for support. You can check out the Support page on this website if you are uncertain whom to contact.
  • Prepare your (live)classes using the Tips & tricks on this page.

How will I assess my students during the course?

  • Find out which options you have for digital examination and look up any related instructions provided by your faculty or institute.
  • Let the roadmap to flexible education guide you through the steps of the design process. By answering the questions in the roadmap, you’ll find yourself sketching out your remote teaching program fast and efficiently.
  • Have a look at the Formats & activities and Tools page on this website. Identify which would be relevant for your course and objectives.
  • Communicate your plan to your students. You can set up a communication plan to stay in touch and facilitate contact throughout the remote teaching programme. You can find more information on the Connect with Students page on this website.
  • Execute your plan. If you encounter any problems, contact the Support at your Faculty, the Helpdesk, or check out the FAQ on this website.
  • Test your setup as if it is the real session (ask someone to help with a dry run and test everything, including the technical aspects).
  • Make sure you have some back up from faculty support.
  • Explain to participants what they can expect of the session and the lecturers/hosts/moderators (could be done using a set-up slide). (for example, how long will it last and what will the session look like).
  • Tell the participants what is expected of them (active or passive participation, how to answer questions, etc.).
  • Include a set-up slide (for example, how to deal with technical difficulties and what you expect from your students).
  • Keep in mind that not all students have the same access to basic conditions (like high speed internet or a quiet place).