Period 5 and 6 teachers

Taking your course online

We will update this page with new suggestions and recommendations as we roll into period 5 and 6. The information provided here is complementary to the support you receive in your own faculty or programme. Share your knowledge with other, and ask your colleagues for input and feedback – there is a wealth of knowledge available within the UM learning and teaching community, this is the time to tap into it!

Keep calm and carry online

Switching from small-scale, interactive offline education to doing most or all of the course work online sounds like a daunting task. While many things will be different, do not forget what you have and know already: a clear idea about the purpose and the content of your course; tasks or assignments that students can work with, off or online; goals and expectations about assessment; and many tools you have been using all along, such as email and EleUM.

So, before you set yourself to the task of redesigning your course into an online format, we recommend your start with considering a few issues that are not about tools and online environments, but about you and your course.

 Zoom or MediaSite?

  • For online tutorial and similar synchronous sessions with students please use web conferencing tool Zoom
  • For recording lectures, please use MediaSite. *MacOS Catalina users can use Zoom for recording purposes, but only with permission.


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

Which tools fit your course design?

The Maastricht University Library has developed a tool for identifying online tools that fit the design of your course. The Tool Wheel helps you find tools and provides information about how they work, and where they can be found. Many of these tools are available through EleUM, so readily at your disposal.

Further reading

There are many resources available online about e-learning and online education. Here is a small selection that you may find helpful:

To help you with your first steps teaching online, have a look at this introduction: How to be a better online teacher. Many organisations are currently struggling with the question of how to move their education online in a hurry. In Dutch, under Surf Communities.

  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.