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Online teaching and learning

Do you need information and tips about changing from on-campus to online teaching and learning? The University of Gothenburg has a range of digital tools that will allow you to continue teaching when you or your students cannot be physically present on campus.

The switch from campus to online learning can be a considerable challenge, especially if there is little time for preparations. There is seldom an easy way to "translate" a campus-based course design to a digital environment, as each has its own characteristics and requirements. Depending on your specific needs, you will find a list of suggestions and ideas below.

Video conferencing tools to replace physical meetings

Lectures can be delivered via a digital tool for virtual meetings and conferences. We recommend that you use Zoom (read more below).

Using video conferencing tools, you can communicate both orally and visually, share screens, chat, ask questions through an easy polling function, record meetings, and even assign participants to smaller breakout rooms for small-group discussions.


Zoom is a service for virtual meetings and online education. You can chat, use camera/microphone, start breakout sessions, share presentations, record your meeting etc.

Distribute lectures as recordings

If you are looking for an alternative to conducting your lecture live via Zoom or a similar online conferencing tool, you could try recording your lecture and upload your lecture to Canvas. Note: don’t worry about perfection here! It may be entirely sufficient to record the lecture via Zoom using split-screen as you deliver your talk. No need for retakes. Then publish your recording in GU Play (see below) and embed or link to the video in Canvas. Students will be able to look at the video in their own time and you can create a discussion forum in Canvas as a space for subsequent question and discussions. 

GU Play

GU Play is the University’s own video management service. It enables all staff to upload material for viewing and/or broadcasting in other channels. GU Play is also our primary video library and feeds content to several of our other platforms (e.g. gu.se and Canvas).

Read more about GU Play in the Staff Portal

Make recordings in GU Play with Kaltura Capture

Kaltura Capture is a simple, scaled-down tool in GU Play for making screen recordings.

Record a lecture in Kaltura and embed it in Canvas (a quick guide by Damon Barrett)

Kaltura Capture (at the Kaltura Knowledge Center)

Record narration to your Powerpoint slide show

Information at the Microsoft support site:

Record a slide show with narration and slide timings

Filmmaking rooms

Most of the faculties at University of Gothenburg have one or two filmmaking rooms that teachers can reserve. These rooms are planned and equipped so that you can record lectures, interviews and other uncomplicated productions on your own.

Read more about the filmmaking rooms

Communicating with students

With the changing conditions for teaching and learning, it is becoming all the more important to communicate well with students. As classes are being adapted to the new situation, students need clear and reliable informed about the changes to their schedules and the activities they will be expected to engage in. This will also help to establish a sense of security, as many students will be new to e-learning and will need help to understand your expectations.

You may want to consider using the discussions feature in Canvas where students can post questions about your course (see link below). In such a forum, both you and your students can work together to resolve any upcoming questions and concerns.

Use Canvas for online teaching

Read more about discussions, group work and announcements in Canvas

Peer learning

Peer learning is an educational strategy where students learn from each other by exchanging knowledge, ideas and experience. Activities include, for example, student partnerships, discussion seminars, study groups, peer-assessment schemes, collaborative projects and laboratory work.

Read more about peer learning online

Formative activities

Most of the learning you achieve in campus-based contexts is also possible in online environments. When you change channel, however, most processes take longer and the need to check in with student learning often becomes even more important. How to do that might vary with the intended learning, with the type of content, and with the size of the group. The activities can be synchronous (in real time) or asynchronous.

Read more about synchronous formative activities

Read more about asynchronous formative activities

Alternatives to campus-based lab activities

A list of suggestions for methods to replace campus-based lab work, courtesy of Chalmers University of Technology. The suggestions are primarily suitable for the kind of laboratory work that is used to enhance or supplement the learning in a given course, i.e. not for laboratory exercises that form the core of a course.

Alternatives to campus-based lab activities

Hybrid teaching (campus and online at the same time)

Due to Corona, some parts of the University's courses and programs are held as hybrid teaching. This means lectures and seminars where students can participate in the discussion either online or on campus, synchronously.

Read more about hybrid teaching

Page Manager: Olof Siverbo|Last update: 6/28/2023

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