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Online education academic year 2020-2021

How will it work and how should you prepare?

For some courses, small-group, non-mandatory tutorials will be organised on Roeterseiland Campus, but for the time being, generally speaking, all students will do their studying online. Our online education will be interactive and varied, so you can enjoy studying remotely too.

  • Online education: how should you behave, what is expected of you?

    Just like with on-campus education, online education requires you to actively engage in the learning process. Challenge yourself, push your boundaries, don't be afraid to ask questions and to have a discussion. Prepare yourself well and get actively involved. Interaction with your lecturer and fellow students during lectures and tutorials makes studying more enjoyable and increases your chances of study success.

    We also expect everyone to treat each other with respect in online education. We must therefore observe the following code of conduct and do's and don'ts.

    Code of conduct

    • Attend and actively participate in all lectures; building knowledge together is easier.
    • Create a safe learning environment: ‘What happens in the classroom, stays in the classroom’.
    • Respect each other and accept others as they are. Everyone must be able to make mistakes and express their opinion.
    • Take action if you or someone else is bullied – address the matter directly or ask a study adviser for help.
    • Follow these rules in your interactions with others outside of lectures as well.

    Do's and Don'ts

    • Turn your camera on – this will help your lecturers get their message across and will allow you to connect virtually with your fellow students.
    • Mute your microphone and only turn it on if you want to say something.
    • Raise your virtual hand if you have a question.
    • Think about your (virtual) background, for privacy reasons.
    • Don’t secretly video or take photos of your fellow students or lecturers.
    • Behave as you would in a lecture on campus.
    I found that the recordings of the lectures worked really well. It’s useful to be able to look back from time to time.
  • Online study: how do you do it?

    To help you learn how to study effectively from home, we’ve created a Studying from home page containing tips, learning strategies and (online) workshops.

    What do you need?

    Laptop and wifi

    To take online courses and keep in touch with your fellow students and your lecturers, good facilities are crucial: you will need a decent laptop with a camera and a secure, reliable Wi-Fi connection.

    Simple, secure digital collaboration

    UvA provides students with a simple, secure way to collaborate online using a package of cloud facilities.

    Course information in Canvas

    You will find all the information you need on your courses in the digital learning environment Canvas.

  • Attending a lecture or studying on campus

    We value the activities organised on Roeterseiland Campus, since contact between students and lecturers and among students themselves is and remains extremely important. As soon as we are allowed to do so, we will organise more activities on campus in addition to online education. Attending these activities is optional - you can follow all your courses online if you wish.

    Going to the campus?

    If you have a lecture on campus or you have booked a study space, you will want to know what measures have been put in place and what is expected of you. For example always have your student ID card with you so you can check in and out of UvA buildings. Make sure you read the Studying safely on Roeterseiland Campus page carefully.

  • Studying is more than just taking courses and sitting exams

    It is about discussing, learning to think, digging deeper and daring to ask questions. This allows you to develop a critical mindset with useful skills that will help you advance in your professional life. Studying is also about:

    • being an active member of the academic community
    • feeling at home at the university
    • building and maintaining relationships with your fellow students and lecturers.

    Social mentors for first-year students

    Starting university life is a major step for first-year students. So, to help you get to know your fellow students and familiarise yourself with the academic community, all first-year Bachelor’s students will be assigned to a social mentor group comprising 15-20 students. Social mentors will help you find your way around the campus, make contacts and meet your fellow students, online and, where possible, offline too.

    Master Connect Programme

    Master’s students can sign up for the Master Connect Programme. This programme will help you make social contacts outside of the (digital) lecture room, expand your network and increase your knowledge of the job market. The programme is supervised by alumni and covers a wide range of topics, such as your views on your Master’s programme and how you are finding online education.

    Feeling at home at the university

    Feeling at home means different things to different people. It is a personal feeling that you can share with others. Getting to know each other, sharing great experiences, academic and otherwise, having someone to turn to if you encounter difficulties – this all plays a part in helping you to feel at home. This is why contact between students and lecturers and among students themselves is so important.

    We offer a wide range of academic, practical and social activities which you can take part in, both within and outside of your degree programme. Study Associations, student associations and sport clubs are also a great way for you to meet and share enjoyable experiences with your fellow students.

Hybrid Learning Theatre
In our Hybrid Learning Theatre, teachers can give live lectures to all their students. Students following the lectures at home are projected on a large Zoom wall, while a small group of students is physically present. This Hybrid Learning Theatre is one of the initiatives of Economics and Business, to keep the connection between lecturers and students, and to have an opportunity to make online education more interactive.


Do you have any questions? Please contact the Education Desk.