Flexible Teaching

Thinking about how to best combine on-line and on campus teaching.

When reopening the campus for teaching in September 2020, we are developing a teaching model that meets the following priorities:

  • Reducing the risk of infection and transmission (fewer people on campus and public transport, smaller groups, adhering to the best practice guidelines for reducing infection etc.)
  • Enabling as many students as possible access to campus for interaction with teachers, assistants, labs, equipment and other resources
  • Maximising the quality of the ‘at distance’ learning experience of any student who is not on campus
  • Ensuring that teachers and students who are at-risk can continue to teach and study
  • Enabling flexibility so that teaching can be adapted if necessitated by either a reintroduction or a reduction of restrictions.
How to transform your on-campus teaching to an online or blended format.
Roadmap 2: Exercises (Coming soon)

Moving your exercise sessions from on-campus to partly online involves planning, reviewing instructions & feedback, and creating opportunities for interaction.

Roadmap 3: Projects (Coming soon)

Projects are the hands-on ingredient of many courses and it’s often students’ favorite activity. In addition, group projects may mix students from different sections and with diverse skills.

Roadmap 4: Labs (Coming soon)
The transition to teaching students the skills of experimental work and hands-on labs while respecting physical distancing.

Support and Workshops

Sign up to one of the upcoming workshops to help you plan and implement your teaching strategy for September 2020.

Write us to get additional support: [email protected].


Lecture recording (quick start guide)

— Prepare your lecture material for recording and discover the steps involved in pre-recording your lectures.

Home studio (quick start guide)

— Choose your technical setup and get step by step instructions to configure the tools needed for high quality recordings at home.

Video editing (tutorials)

— Get started with simple video editing to get the best our of your lecture recordings.

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SWITCHtube uploads (quick start guide)

— Discover how to request the creation of a video channel for your course and how to upload your videos for students.

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How to use Moodle to schedule office hours (quick start guide).

— With this simple Moodle activity, you can quickly setup time slots for students to take an appointment for office hours.

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How to use Moodle to get feedback (quick start guide).

— With this Moodle activity students can give you short feedback about how to improve your course.

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Using Piazza to run exercise sessions at EPFL (quick start).

— Learn how to setup and use the Piazza forums for your exercise sessions.

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Using Piazza for Exercise Session Q&A (use case).

— Learn from colleagues how they have sucessfully used Piazza to structure Q&A in a large class.

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Combining pre-recording with a live Q&A session (use case).

— Learn from colleagues’ experience about how to combine pre-recorded lectures with fruitful live Q&A sessions.

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Teaching with an iPad (use case).

— Discover a colleague’s experience when teaching with an iPad and Goodnotes as a blackboard replacement.

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Setting up student group work (use case).

— Discover how a colleague used ZOOM breakout rooms to set up student group work. Use it for example during your lecture for remote students.

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Setting up breakout rooms in ZOOM (quick start guide).

— Breakout rooms allow you to create separate groups in a meeting, e.g. for discussions or problem-solving. Get step-by-step instructions about how to setup breakout rooms in ZOOM.