DTU Teaching at a distance

Due to the Corona-virus-situation and the closing down of DTU, it is necessary to convert our traditional face-to-face-teaching to teaching at a distance.

First, find a step-by-step guide for how you can transform f2f-teaching to teaching at a distance. Use this guide as inspiration.

Second, you will find some examples of what you can plan for your students instead of the face-to-face activity

Step-by-step guide

Step 1

Go over the overall learning objectives for your course. For each scheduled face-to-face teaching session, formulate a couple of major learning objectives. Communicate these to the students.

Step 2

For each scheduled face-to-face teaching session, design a number of learning activities for students to do instead.

Find a list of activities below for inspiration.

Step 3

Formulate detailed instructions (including deadlines) for your students –what do you expect them to do when.

You might want to formulate both individual and group tasks. Furthermore, it is very useful to design peer-feedback activities and loops.

Step 4

Make resources available for your students. If you have recorded teaching sessions, recommended online videos (by yourself or other lectures), quizzes, guides – make these resources available for students on DTU Learn.

Step 5

Make an announcement (or a short video or a screencast) to explain the new way of teaching at a distance. Upload the message to DTU Learn.

Example of a structured scheme to show your students what you expect and when


Activity no






Read literature


Write a brief synthesis of the text

Post your synthesis in the dedicated forum at DTU Learn no later than 2 o’clock



Read and comment at least two fellow students synthesis (individually)

Two online comments

Post your comments no later than 3 o’clock



Calculated exercises 1-4 (find the exercises in the textbook, p. xx-yy)

(Group exercise)

A draft for the answers of exercises 1-4

Upload your answers at DTU Learn no later than 4 o’clock



Peer feedback (individually)

Give peer-feedback on another groups answers on exercises 1-4. Use Peergrade iO

Deadline for feedback is yy.mm.dd at 12 o’clock



Revise answers to exercises 1-4 (group work)

Upload the groups revised answers to exercises 1-4

Deadline for feedback is yy.mm.dd at 12 o’clock

Concrete examples of learning activities you can use, for your inspiration

I had planned lectures and assignments

You can ask students to

  • Watch a video of the relevant subject – maybe find a good video for them - and use this to help in their assignments
  • Hand in assignments and give feedback using peergrade
  • Develop and give your students a case to work on with all the important learning objectives imbedded. Let them hand in responses and reflections to the case, either in groups or individually


I had planned laboratory work for my students

You can ask students to

  • Develop a flow-diagram of the important steps in the laboratory flow
  • Give your students a case with laboratory data they have to analyze and after a few days give them additional data they need to use. You can also let them ask for data along the way
  • Ask them to hand in lab-assignments, flow-diagrams, case descriptions
  • Let students analyze important parameters in the laboratory set-up; what happens if this parameter is too weak, too old, polluted, aso


I had planned project work for my students

You can ask your students to

  • Continue their group work on-line, being very explicit as to what you expect from each student and each group
  • Set in milestones for handing in parts of the written product. Give your students the possibility to receive feedback on what they hand in
  • Let groups review each other, using eg. peergrade


I had planned a field trip

You have to cancel this for the time being, but if possible, the field trip is postponed to a later date in the spring


IN BRIEF, here is a summary of some learning activities that you may want to use

Learning activities for students to do at a distance:

  1. Read texts (in textbooks or online articles) and write brief summaries of texts. Students can post their summaries online at DTU Learn. Students can read and comment two fellow students’ summaries or students can give peer feedback on fellow students summaries (in Peergrad iO), then student can revise and repost their summaries.
  2. Read texts (in textbooks or online articles) and formulate 1-3 questions to the texts. Students can post their questions online at DTU Learn. Students can give answers on fellow students’ questions. If no students have answers to specific questions, the teacher might offer an answer.
  3. Find texts (online) on a topic or subject matter. Post and present the texts for fellow students at DTU Learn. Comment fellow students’ texts.
  4. Do assignments. Calculate, write, design/draw something. Students can submit assignments at DTU Learn and give peer-feedback on fellow students’ submissions.
  5. Take quizzes in order to test own knowledge.
  6. Make quizzes in order to gain an in-depth understanding of material.
  7. Make instructional videos or PowerPoint-presentations on a subject.
  8. Write reports in groups and give peer-feedback on other groups draft-reports, revise and re-submit drafts and a final report.