Teaching a course

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Should you have any further questions or comments after reading this page, please contact Nivard Koning.

Register a new course

If you want to start a new course some procedures have to be followed to ensure the high quality of the Master’s courses. You have to complete the course description (which includes title, summary, teachers involved, learning outcomes etc.). You can register a new course after consultation with the programme coordinator by sending the completed course description template and assessment matrix to:

Course at the Faculty of Medicine (UMCU)Dr. G. Dilaver, course coordinator T +31 (0)6 27744407
Course at the Faculty of ScienceDr. S. Goubitz, course coordinator T +31 (0)30 2533253

The course coordinators will control the quality of the new course and register the course in OSIRIS, the course catalogue of Utrecht University. You can also contact them if you have any questions concerning the development of a new course.

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Changes in your course

Every year in February (Science faculty) – May (UMCU), the programme coordinators are asked to check the course content and to provide dates for the next academic year. Changes should be adjusted before the start of the academic year according to the Education and Examination Rules. If the course content is not correct, please contact dr. G. Dilaver (UMC Utrecht) or dr. S. Goubitz (Faculty of Science).

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To use Blackboard and OSIRIS you need a Solis-ID. If you work at the Faculty of Science or Veterinary Sciences, you automatically receive a Solis-ID and password when you are appointed at the university. If you work at UMCU, you can arrange a Solis-ID for teachers via the website of the UMC Utrecht.

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It is possible to use OSIRIS as a teacher/supervisor. Depending on your function and Faculty this may vary between having limited insight in a student’s file, to more elaborated rights like registration of marks. Depending on the Faculty where the course is taught, you can contact:

UMCU - you can request an account via the Key-users of Osiris.

Science Faculty - you can request an account from dr. C.J.F. de Wolf.

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Blackboard is a virtual learning environment (VLE). It is used by lecturers as a useful tool to support their teaching online. A VLE has been specifically designed for distance learning. Interactive teaching materials as well as communication tools invite students to actively participate in the learning process. Blackboard offers a wide range of collaboration tools which challenge students to expand their knowledge. Real life learning situations help students to grasp the course contents.

The Blackboard system is accessible to staff and students; you can log in with your Solis-ID and password. The Blackboard server can be found at uu.blackboard.com. There are also user manuals available on how to use Blackboard (in Dutch). Depending on the faculty where the course will be taught you can contact:

Depending on the faculty where the course will be taught you can contact:

UMCU - Get a Solis-ID for teachers via website of the UMC Utrecht. Ask the Blackboard coordinator (Sape van der Werf) to give you designer-rights for your course.
Science Faculty - send an email to Science.Blackboard@uu.nl

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Make reservations for teaching rooms

Depending on the faculty for which the course will be taught, you can make reservations via:

UMCU - e.l.donner@umcutrecht.nl. Contact your programme coordinator for more information.
Science Faculty - the scheduler of your department. More information is available through the student administration of your department.

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Course evaluation

All Master’s courses of the Graduate School of Life Sciences are evaluated using standard evaluation forms. The procedure for Master’s courses is as follows:

  1. The quality assurance officer will contact you (the course coordinator) by email some time before the course is finished. The officer will ask you to critically check the evaluation form and to indicate whether questions need to be changed, removed or added. Furthermore, you will need to indicate the number of participants of the course.
  2. The quality assurance officer will send enough copies of the evaluation forms to you by regular mail. For most courses, the best moment to evaluate the course is right after the final examination. If courses do not have a final examination, it is important to find another moment at the end of the course when all students are present, to have the students fill in the evaluation form.
  3. The course coordinator will let the students fill in the form, collect the evaluation forms, and return them to the quality assurance officer.
  4. The quality assurance officer will process the evaluation forms and make an evaluation report. The officer will send the evaluation report, together with a feedback form, to the course coordinator.
  5. The course coordinator is responsible for distributing the evaluation results amongst the teachers that have participated in the course.
  6. The course coordinator receives the results and is asked to fill in the feedback form and return it to the quality assurance officer. In this way the course coordinator is provided with the opportunity to inform the education committee in advance about potential changes in the course due to the course evaluation.
  7. The education committee carefully looks at the evaluation results and the feedback form, so it is very important that you will out the feedback form!
  8. The course coordinator informs the students who have participated in the course within 6 weeks about the results of the course evaluations and the changes made and measures taken in response to the course evaluation.

The quality assurance officer depends on which Faculty organises the relevant Master’s programme:

UMCU - Andrea Fast.
Science Faculty - Cocky de Wolf.
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences: please contact infobms@umcutrecht.nl or contact the Education Office of your Faculty.

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Detect and deal with plagiarism / Ephorus

Detailed information can be found here.

Register course results

When the course is finished, the grades obtained by the students need to be registered in Osiris. You can do this yourself using Osiris Docent or via the administration desk of the Faculty who registers the course.

UMCU - infobms@umcutrecht.nl
Science Faculty - science.gsls@uu.nl

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Payment for a course

Utrecht University finances Faculties for education based on credits (EC). Payment for courses/projects of which the results (and credits) are registered at another Faculty depends on specific arrangements between those Faculties. Each Faculty divides the money to departments/groups based on its own internal model.

UMCU - prof. dr. H.V.M. van Rijen
Science Faculty - dr. C.J.F de Wolf.
Veterinary Sciences Faculty - Education Office of your Faculty.

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