Developing and teaching an online course

Online and blended education offers the possibility to add active learning methods to your course, or develop a new elective course that can be followed by students abroad. Online courses offer students more flexibility in planning their programme. For more information you can contact the online/blended learning coordinator Anne-Petra Rozendal and share your educational questions. Even if you do not have clear ideas yet, it is possible to share your thoughts or questions in an informal consult.

As a Master programme coordinator or teacher of a Master/PhD course you can initiate a request for the development of an online or blended course. The request needs to be submitted to Anne-Petra Rozendal. She will schedule a meeting to discuss the request. If necessary, Harold van Rijen (Master courses) or Saskia Ebeling (PhD courses) can be invited. 

The requirements will be discussed, for example course topics, target groups, learning objectives, assessment methods and ECTs. The availability of content experts (colleagues who are experts in the topics of the course), the global planning, plan of approach and the implementation will be determined as well. 

The intake is followed by an appointment with an instructional designer of Elevate, the UU/UMCU e-learning platform. 

A course plan includes all decisions about the development and teaching of the course. An Elevate instructional designer will support you and your colleagues while writing the course plan. The course plan has to be approved by the Master programme coordinator (in case of a Master course). The associated budget should be approved by Anne-Petra Rozendal for Master courses and by Saskia Ebeling for PhD courses.

Upon approval, a course project team will be established to design and develop the course.

In the course design phase, the project team (content expert(s) and Elevate’s instructional designer) will formulate the learning objectives of the course in detail. A course structure will be designed, and based on the learning objectives, decisions are made on the right learning methods and the to be developed course materials (e.g. recorded lectures, assignments, texts, slides, cases). The team ascertains the assessment methods as well (e.g. participation in discussions, final assignment, online exam). 

More general information about designing a course can be found here.

In the course development phase all course materials will be developed by the content experts. This includes slides, texts, assignments, recording lectures et cetera. Assessment tasks can be designed in several ways, for example: a test, an essay, an assignment. Here you can find more information about the use of the assessment matrix and the assessment panel. 

The Elevate instructional designer will build the course in the online learning environment.

Master courses will be reviewed by the involved master programme coordinatorGönül Dilaver (course coordinator Biomedical Sciences) or Shirrinka Goubitz (course coordinator Faculty of Science) needs to be informed about the new online course by the master programme coordinator. 

To register a new Master course and communicate the course description in Osiris and in the GSLS Study Guide, the course format has to be filled in. Go to Teaching a course (course description) for more detailed information or contact Nivard Koning for Biomedical Sciences and Hans Luijendijk for the Faculty of Science.

To register a new PhD course contact the PhD Course Centre. For more detailed information go to PhD – Teaching a course.

The participant’s recruitment procedure will be managed by you and your department. The course information will be included in the GSLS Study Guide course list and Osiris course catalogue so students can register for the course. Students from other Dutch universities must be registered in Osiris as 'contractant'. For external Master students, the course information and enrolment procedure will be provided on GSLS/online courses. You can send the course information and a request for an enrolment link to Anne-Petra Rozendal. Two weeks before the course starts, you send the list of participants (Excel) to your Elevate contact person.

For online PhD courses, participants can go to the PhD Course Centre for information, registration and payment.

In the teaching phase, the course will be online and available for students. The course will be taught by you or a colleague teacher. You have to be present in the course environment during the course on a daily basis to answer questions about the content and give feedback on assignments. The course will be moderated by Elevate or by a moderator of the Center for Education and Training (monitoring the participation and progress of the students, stimulating the learning process, answering questions about technical and organisational matters).

After the completion of the course, students receive ECTs in Osiris. External participants will receive a UU certificate.

When the course has ended, the grades obtained by UU/GSLS Master students need to be registered in Osiris. You can do this yourself using Osiris Docent or via the administration desk of the faculty who register the course. Master students from other Dutch universities are entitled to ECTs as well. You can register their grades in Osiris. 

UMCU - infobms@umcutrecht.nl
Science Faculty - science.gsls@uu.nl

For more information go to Registering course results.

After meeting the course requirements, students from other Dutch universities and external participants will recieve a certificate. You can adjust the certificate. The certificate must be signed by Gönül Dilaver (course coordinator Biomedical Sciences) or Shirrinka Goubitz (course coordinator Faculty of Science).

At the end of the course, students fill in the online GSLS evaluation form (for online and blended courses). This form is included in the online course. The evaluation report will be sent to you and the Educational Committee by the Elevate contact person.The results will be discussed and - when necessary - adjustments will be made for the next edition of the course.

Are you interested in developing and teaching an online or blended course? Please contact Anne-Petra Rozendal for more information.
Examples of existing online / blended courses can be found here.