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For many students, starting university involves new contexts to navigate and new expectations about taking personal responsibility for their own planning and motivation. In recent years, there have also put greater demands on students to find their way around digital study environments. Even those attending campus-based teaching sessions spend a lot of their time in front of a computer.
There are many different ways to adapt your teaching in order to make it easier for students in the beginning, but it is far from a given that lecturers have time to help their students to improve general study skills.
That is why we have created the website Your digital study environment – campusonline.lu.se/en/, where students can get up-to-date information about all the digital tools they are expected to use at Lund University – such as Canvas, Zoom and Inspera to name just a few – alongside concrete tips for how to study in digital and hybrid classrooms. Consider pointing your students our way, and perhaps you will also get fewer questions which are not related to the content of your courses.
Tips! Direct your students to campusonline
Here are some concrete suggestions about where to direct your students on Your digital study environment – campusonline.lu.se/en/.
- If you find it tedious talking to a series of black rectangles on Zoom, point them to the article Five reasons to turn the camera on.
- Do you want your students to make their oral presentations more interactive? Tell them about the articles on Padlet and Mentimeter.
- Maybe you would like your students to use their group rooms on Canvas to have discussions and share files. Show them the page about Canvas where they can get a quick overview and, if necessary, refer them to the relevant section in the student guide for more information.
- Would you like your students to give each other feedback? We have a page called Giving and receiving feedback all about this.
- Perhaps there is a lot of digital course literature to cover and you would like your students to think about how to best read on screens? Let them know about The dos and don’ts of reading course literature digitally.
A slightly more ambitious suggestion might be to ask your students to write a non-graded, but compulsory, reflection on their own digital study techniques, using our articles as their starting point. Then, by enabling them to give each other feedback on those reflections, you can create a habit of knowledge-sharing and cooperation within the group.
There is also a form on the website you can use to let us know what kinds of articles you would like to see. Encourage your students to send in their thoughts or send us a suggestion yourself.
The website is available in Swedish and English
Your digital study environment – campusonline.lu.se/en/
Din digitala studiemiljö – campusonline.lu.se
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