Tips for online didactics


Placemat online didactics

Many lecturers in higher education have experienced for themselves it’s not easy to teach online. Certainly not when forced by the pressure of a pandemic to make an abrupt switch. That’s why, as the Professional development zone, we’ve decided to accelerate the development of our testing ground for online didactics, which was planned to be launched at the end of this year. We’re now ready to show the first result of our research: the Online Didactics handout.

In recent weeks, we’ve worked hard on our “foundation for active and inspiring online education”. An interesting process, as it’s not easy to provide a uniform piece of advice on the wide range of educational contexts we represent. Nevertheless, we believe we’ve succeeded in creating a product our colleagues can identify with and can use immediately. It provides valuable insights into the basics of online didactics.

Due to the success of our earlier handout Digital Peer Feedback, we have decided to offer this product as a handout once again. This way, we hope to offer lecturers a handy overview of the various elements of online didactics and to help them improve their online education. The handout will also be the starting point for the testing grounds we will develop later this year. These testing grounds will be experiments of professionalisation approaches that we will test and evaluate with research. The testing grounds will be designed around four themes: peer feedback, online didactics, learning analytics, and formative testing.

We look forward to the results of these testing grounds. Do you want to participate in a testing ground through the Acceleration Plan? Let us know at and we will contact you as soon as possible. Do you want to get started yourself? Download the Online Didactics handout here.

Egbert Neels

Zone member Professional development
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