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Faculty of Science task forces for remote education and practicals

19 March 2020

Now direct education is no longer possible, lecturers are hard at work looking for alternatives to teach from home for the rest of the academic year. Various departments of Leiden University have stepped in to offer advice and technical support. But teaching science courses online may result in specific problems. That is why two task forces have been installed at the Faculty of  Science.

Remote education

The Faculty of Science remote education task force has been set up to support and advise teachers in the transition to remote education. Lecturers can ask questions about how they can, for example, adapt working methods or which work forms are suitable for their own education. The taskforce consists of Marjo de Graauw (LACDR), Felienne Hermans and Frank Takes (both LIACS), all of whom have broad experience in education innovation. Anne-Martine Gielis,  Science ICT & Education coordinator, supports the team. The task force can be contacted through seeds@science.leidenuniv.nl. Information such as tips & tricks, FAQs and best practices are also provided at the intranet page (login using ULCN).

The task force complements the central team set up by the university. Lecturers can turn to them for more general questions, by contacting  c4iremoteteaching@SEA.leidenuniv.nl, or via the website Remote teaching.

Education in laboratories and practicals

Now that students can no longer visit the campus, education in laboratories and practicals in their usual forms are also no longer possible. How can study programmes and lecturers deal with this, provided that the learning goals for the programmes are still met? A new task force will address these difficult questions in the coming weeks. This group consists of Koenraad Schalm, Marcellus Ubbink and Han de Winde and is supported by Maarten Bergwerff of Science Education and Student Affairs. As soon as the task force comes up with advice, this will be shared within the Faculty.

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