Period 4 teachers

These are basic guidelines offered to you from the central level. More information and assistance may be available at your faculty. 

Our focus is on period 4 and the upcoming assessment within existing course designs. 

A. Setting priorities

Before you start exploring your online teaching options, we recommend you first set your priorities for the remainder of period 4.

  1. Check the intended learning outcomes of your course.
  2. Determine how much of the final assessment material of your course was not covered prior to the lock-down of UM.
  3. Determine what students are likely to have completed ahead of their final assessment (e.g. outlines for papers, reading, preparing presentations).
  4. Based on 1-3, decide what the best form of final assessment for your course may be.
    See B. Forms of assessment
  5. Determine what students need to be able to do to be ready for that assessment.
    See C. Format for learning and teaching


Contact our helpdesk!
We will update this site regularly in the coming days and weeks. If you need help creating online lectures or tutorial meetings, you can contact our helpdesk via Helpdesk-onlinelearning[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl. It’s open seven days a week from 10.00 - 22.00 hrs. 

  Also read some initial experiences of your fellow teachers

B. Forms of assessment

There are many providers that offer solutions for online assessment. There are, however, many issues at stake when you take group assessment online, such as plagiarism and privacy. Infringement upon UM, national or European regulations and legislation may cause many problems that cannot be foreseen now. Therefore, we strongly advise against the use of these solutions. Do not enter into contracts nor use ‘free’ tools for online assessment, other than the ones currently in use by UM. We continue to work on alternatives and will inform the UM community as soon as new possibilities for large-scale, online assessment are available.

Paper/essay: make sure expectations and grading criteria are available for your students on EleUM. For individual supervision, you can communicate with your students via mail.

Take-home exams: shift the emphasis from assessing factual knowledge to assessing the ability to reflect critically on the subject matter. For more information and suggestions, see:   Take-Home Exams Hints and Tips.

Large groups: essay questions or multiple choice: UM is currently reviewing options for online essay or multiple-choice exams for large groups of students. As soon as these become available, you will be informed. This may not be before the end of period 4.

Presentations: presentations by individual students or small groups of students can be shared via Blackboard Collaborate ( download the manual), LifeSize Cloud ( download the manual) en MyMediaSite.

Oral exams: online meetings in small groups are easy to organize, so oral examination may also be an option, particularly in smaller courses and other educational modules. For suggestions and sample guidelines, see the protocol for oral examination developed by SBE.

C. Formats for learning and teaching


Group work: if group work is essential during this final stage of the period, you can choose between “synchronous” or “asynchronous” group work in EleUM.

  • Synchronous work, in which all students participate in a live session, which can be shared via:
    • Blackboard Collaborate ( download the manual)
    • LifeSize Cloud ( download the manual)
    • MyMediaSite (you may encounter difficulties given the available bandwidth). 
    • The online conferencing tool Zoom, available in EleUM ( please read the terms of use). For meetings with colleagues, use LifeSizeGo or LifeSizeCloud. 


  • Asynchronous group work is also possible in several format on EleUM; for more information see this manual: Asynchronous Online PBL Tutor

Lab work: alternatives for lab work and other practical work forms will be decided on within programmes or faculties.

If you have never accessed the UM network from home before, you will have to set up a “VPN” connection first. Here is a manual.

  Please note!

Your students have limited to no access to printers! Don’t ask student to submit work in hard copy, nor give them assignments that require them to print documents. For feedback and marking purposes, recommend your students to submit their work in formats that allow for easy commenting and ‘track changes’, such as Word.