Teaching principles

Now that teaching activities on VU Amsterdam’s campus have come to a standstill and restrictions have been placed on work placements and fieldwork projects, we are looking at ways of enabling teaching activities to continue as much as possible.

Our aim is to minimize:
the degree to which individual students fall behind schedule in their studies and the number of students who fall behind in their studies.

General questions and VU Amsterdam policy
Consult this page for general questions and VU Amsterdam policy.

Faculty of Science principles
Below are the faculty principles; for the different types of teaching, please refer to the separate pages. Each page contains a guide.

The purpose of the guides is to help you reorganize your teaching and to state, where necessary, the guidelines you should observe in doing so. The Examination Board has approved the memorandum on alternative assessment options. When reorganizing your courses and tests for Periods 5 and 6, you may use this guide as a starting point for alternative testing methods. Inform students at the start of the period how they will be taught and assessed. No additional request to the Examination Board will then be necessary.

Our faculty’s principles
1. Reorganize lessons that can be given online so that they are given online until the summer, including online testing. More information about alternative assessment methods is on this page. When reorganizing your lessons, make sure that the learning objectives can still be attained. More information on online proctoring is on this page.

2. For other teaching methods, consult the following PDF documents:
Work placements
Bachelor’s final projects

3. As soon as teaching activities can be resumed on campus:
practicals have priority;
for Master’s research projects on campus, observe similar guidelines as those for PhD projects (and other research).

On Monday March 23, a new central information point for online education and alternative forms for exams was launched : Online Education. This information point supports teachers in the transition to online education and replaces the information below.

They will host a daily online consultation hour, every working day (starting Tuesday 17 March) from 12:00-13:00 online.

For further questions please contact onderwijsbeleid.beta@vu.nl.

Bachelor-before-master rule

Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting on their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘BSc-before-MSc rule’. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay. There has been examined how an exception to this BSc-before-MSc rule can be made possible for Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that, under certain conditions, students who are lacking credits for no more than a few courses (including their bachelor project for prospective master students), will still be able to start their (pre)Master’s at VU Amsterdam next year. This is a one-off measure. The missing credits must be completed during the 2020-2021 academic year, in other words no later than August 31 2021.

Students can find the specific conditions for starting a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Science on the relevant master programme page or for a Premaster’s programme on the relevant premaster programme page.

Blended learning for the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021

We advise all lecturers to design their education blended for the first semester next year. In this way we are best prepared for the uncertainty when we can start teaching on campus again. Do you need advice or do you have any questions? Please contact iH2LS.beta@vu.nl 
Read also: A blended course in 6 slides

Guide to decision-making powers for changes to courses

In response to the measures in place to combat the coronavirus, changes have to be made to the form and content of many of our courses. The purpose of this guide is to give you a clearer idea of the decision-making powers at play and the steps (if any) that need to be taken in relation to the Examination Board, Academic and Examination Regulations, and Directors of Studies as a result of the changes.

Guide for communication regarding coronavirus measures for education

During this coronavirus crisis, lots of measures and procedures are being developed. Updates and other information on these matters are published on an almost daily basis by various bodies. We believe providing everyone at the faculty with all the available information is extremely important, but of course we want to avoid inundating everyone with emails. Students also need the right information at the right time, so they can keep an overview.

This guide is intended to provide an insight into the various subjects of communication and who is responsible for which steps in the process of information provision.

Integrity statement

View the integrity statement here.