Principles and tips for remote teaching

During a webinar on 7 April 2020, Eric Welp, adviser at Kennisnet, presented how remote testing is organised in the Netherlands during the Covid-19 crisis. More than 30 participants, including representatives from Ministries and related organisations across Europe, joined the webinar.

Current situation in the Netherlands

Schools in the Netherlands are closed since 16 March, and national tests have been cancelled. Some tests for graduate students are still taking place at school. Schools are very innovative, but not always successful, and a lot of work has been done. Schools mainly use Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Classroom.

"We are used to hearing that teaching will not change if assessment does not change. We will see in a few months how we judge the role of assessment in this particular situation. We need to think about new learning goals to be fixed, clarify the purpose of assessment, and reach a new consensus on the role and place of assessment in education."
Patricia Wastiau, Principal Adviser for Research and Innovation, European Schoolnet

Guidance on testing in times of remote teaching

Kennisnet provided guidelines to schools on how to test their students, organising tests in a way that respect social distancing rules, through formative and video tests.

Principles and tips for remote testing include:

  • Test students in small groups (not more than 10 students)
  • Inform students in advance on what is expected from them and what they are assessed on
  • The students must be familiar with, and have practiced, the test form
  • They should also know that they may be checked for plagiarism afterwards
  • Clear agreements between the school, parents and students are necessary, also as regards to GDPR and cheating or fraud

Guidelines on assessment and other resources