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Recommendations for teachers

On this page you will find recommendations for digital education at KTH, ​established by the First and Second Cycle Education Committee (GU). Digital education is a joint term for campus education and distance education that uses digital tools.

The content of this page is established by the First and Second Cycle Education Committee (GU) .

Adapt the recommendations to your course

Each educational situation is unique and as a teacher you should therefore critically relate to these recommendations and consider how they are, or are not, relevant to your particular course.

Planning digital education

Digital education is a joint term for campus education and distance education that uses digital tools. When you are planning your digital education we recommend the following:

  • Start simple
  • Base your work on knowledge
  • Primarily use the digital tools supported by KTH
  • Use educational support resources
  • Use supplementary teaching methods
  • Use different assessment methods.

Start simple

Start by trying out teaching methods and digital tools that you can use without them feeling too complicated. When you feel comfortable with these, you can then move on and try something new and more complicated methods and tools.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Base your work on knowledge

Teaching methods and digital tools that you are considering have probably already been used and evaluated by many others. Ask colleagues, search the internet, and read literature and articles.

Feel free to educate yourself further with the following resources:

Primarily use the digital tools supported by KTH

For KTH to support digital tools, they must first be approved from the perspective of both security and usage. Contracts with the supplier and a Personal Data Processing Agreement may also be needed depending on the design of the application. Usability is often tested with a pilot test and evaluation in one or more courses. We therefore recommend that you primarily use the digital tools supported by KTH.

You can also use other digital tools that complement KTH’s offerings if you are comfortable with them. In this case, make sure that you follow laws and regulations (e.g. GDPR). You should also be aware that KTH does not provide support for digital tools that are not supported by KTH.

The following digital tools are supported by KTH:

Use educational support resources

KTH has well-developed educational resources and materials, including an intranet with educational material, webinars, personal supervision, and support. If you want assistance on how to develop an aspect described in this document, please contact e-learning@kth.se .

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Use supplementary teaching methods

Different teaching methods and digital tools can be used to encourage learning in different ways. For example, discussion forums can be good for reflection, while scheduled teaching via web meetings can be good for creating continuity and social context.

Avoid basing your course too much on lectures. An alternative might be to record short lectures or create study material and use the time when you meet your students (e.g. in classrooms or via web meeting) for problem solving and discussion.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Use different assessment methods

There are many different ways to conduct assessment and examination. Use as much formative assessment as possible, which means that students should continuously perform and receive feedback on assignments during the course.

Think about whether you can replace, for example, a physical exam with continuing assignments, home exams or oral examination. Often, assessment activities that use digital tools, which are in line with engineering practice, can be created, since much of the work that engineers do today is computerized.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Throughout the course

  • Provide clear instructions
  • Communicate your course layout and expectations to your students
  • Be available for your students
  • Create a social context
  • Encourage students to work together.

Provide clear instructions

It is important that you communicate clearly to your students what is expected of them, what should be done, how and when. Students often feel lonelier in distance studies and need particularly clear instructions, which also avoids misunderstandings.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Communicate your course layout and expectations to your students

Students usually have less experience in digital education as compared to campus courses. Therefore, it is a good idea that you as a teacher explain how the course is organized when the course starts and what students are expected to do to complete the course.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Be available for your students

Distance studies should not be confused with self-studies. At KTH, teachers are expected to schedule lessons on campus or through a web meeting. Be clear to students about how and when teachers and teaching assistants will be available to answer questions. A good idea might be to answer questions in a discussion forum as many students often have similar questions.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Create a social context

A common feedback on digital education is that students and teachers can feel more isolated. Therefore, try to build social presence by encouraging dialogue and creating a sense of belonging between teachers and students as well as between students. An effective way to increase the sense of social presence in web meetings is that both teachers and students use audio and webcam.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Encourage students to work together

Keep in mind that students are an important resource for each other. Encouraging students to help each other and work together contributes to both student learning and facilitates you as a teacher.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Improve for you and your collegues

  • Share your teaching material
  • Reflect and evaluate.

Share your teaching material

KTH is mainly financed by public funds. If your educational material may be of benefit for others, please consider to make it openly available. Remember, as always, that it is important to follow copyright laws.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Reflect and evaluate

Reflect and evaluate both continuously during the course and when the course is completed. Collect evidence that helps you understand how your use of digital tools to support student learning can be further developed. Discuss the course structure with your students, with the team of teachers, and with colleagues.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Contact and support for digital education

Do you have questions or do you want guidance on digital learning?

For general support: it-support@kth.se .

For educational support: e-learning@kth.se  (we reply within two days time).

Other contacts for education

If you have other questions about education at KTH, the information is collected on Contacts for education support at KTH .

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