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Use existing knowledge and support

Do not overly complicate your planning for your course with digital elements, start simple and supported by existing knowledge. KTH has many support resources and quality-assured digital tools that are there for you to use! Research what your colleagues are using for different teaching and assessment methods to see if you can use some combination of them in your course.

These recommendations apply to digital education at KTH, that is, campus education or distance education that uses digital tools. The recommendations on this page is established by the First and Second Cycle Education Committee (GU) at KTH .

  • Start simple
  • Base your work on knowledge
  • Primarily use the digital tools supported by KTH
  • Make use of KTH's educational support resources
  • Combine complementary teaching methods
  • Explore different assessment methods.

Adapt the recommendations to your course

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

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. On the KTH intranet you can also find inspiring course rooms that teachers at KTH have created for real courses.

Feel free to educate yourself further with the following resources:

Primarily use the digital tools supported by KTH

All digital tools that KTH offers are quality assured by being approved from a safety and usage perspective. You can feel secure that all relevant agreements and personal data processing agreements are written with the supplier. You also know that the usability has been tested and evaluated, often with a pilot test in one or more active courses.

If you want to supplement KTH's range with other digital tools, you need to quality-assure them yourself, even if the tool is free to use. You need to ensure that the tools meet all legal requirements and regulations, for example for GDPR. You should also be aware that KTH only provides support for digital tools supported by KTH

The following digital tools are supported by KTH:

Make use of KTH's educational support resources

KTH has well-developed educational resources and materials, including an intranet with educational material, webinars, personal supervision, and support. The support is there to be used, so feel free to use it diligently.

Here you will find the educational support resources:

Combine complementary 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 and use the time when you meet your students 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, you use digital tools to create assessment activities that are more in line with engineering practice, since much of the work that engineers do today is computerized.

Feel free to make use of the following resources:

Related reading

You as a teacher can use the following checklist to ensure that you have remembered all the preparations of your course room in Canvas: Before the start of the course – checklist for Canvas .

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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