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Digital lectures and seminars

To help you with your digital tuition, we have gathered a few tips on how to best utilize the different tools available at UiT.



Here are some tips for how you can plan and implement live online classes.

Tips before you get started


Think about the following points before you start your live online class. It will help you figure out which tool bests suits your purposes.

  • What is the purpose of the session?
  • How many students will be present?
  • Which tools are at my disposal?

We recommend using the flipped classroom method where applicable. Learn more about what flipped classroom means and how it can be implemented.

You may only use communication services and programs offered by UiT. This is because of laws regarding information security and managing student and employee data. For more information see Informasjonssikkerhet og personvern ved UiT.

Conducting the session


Interactive classes, discussion, tutoring, seminars, and groupwork during class can be done in one of the following programs. All of the options below have options for sound (microphone), video (webcamera), and screen sharing (e.g. PowerPoint).

  • Zoom is excellent for digital classes since it has breakout rooms for group work, polls, and more.
  • Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365. Live meetings are best when combined with the other collaboration tools in Teams.
  • Skype for Business is a tool we at UiT know well. Skype for Business is the only digital meeting tool UiT offers that can be used when discussing sensitive information
  • Tips! If there are more than 10 students attending your live online class, we recommend muting them and that they send in questions in the chat.

A detailed overview of the tools you can use for live online classes can be found here.

If you are planning a lecture (e.g. 2 x 45 minutes) we recommend that you do a screen recording and publish the recording in your Canvas course.

Pre-recorded videos are well suited for presenting academic content. With a recorded lecture, students may access it when their situation allows it and they may also see the lecture several times if necessary.

Tools for screen recording


Screen recordings are a great tool to present your lectures. Video presentations of the subject matter can be used as a base for online lectures. The pre-recorded videos should be distributed through Canvas.

  • Use My Mediasite to make your screen recording and store all kinds of teaching videos for later use.
    • Note! My Mediasite's screen recording program doesn't work on Mac OS Catalina 10.15 at this time. Mac users can make screen recordings in TechSmith Snagit and upload the videos to My Mediasite.
  • Add an audio recording to your PowerPoint
    • Note that if you use the laser pointer in PowerPoint, Mac users will not be able to watch the recording.

If you save your video in Stream, you can make the video interactive with Forms. If you don't need to make an interactive video, we recommend saving your videos in My Mediasite

Recording a video in an auditorium / studio


If you can't create a screen recording, you can record your lecture on campus using one of the following alternatives.

5 tips for better videos


  • Condense content:
    • Don't present too much in PowerPoint
    • Write down key words
    • Talk about the key words
    • Quality before quantity!
  • Split up your content - preferrably in smaller videos (5 minutes or less)
  • Keep the students active
    • Present some questions for reflection.
    • Present som assignments the students can solve
    • Insert these in between the shorter videos
  • Tools:
    • Present some tools for further studies.
    • Books? Video? Online article? 
    • Give the students some usefull sources.
  • Communicate your matter with passion
    • If you're able to convey your enthousiasm for the subject matter, your students will respond better to your presentations.

Alternative tools for recording videos


UiT has several ways to record videos that are not covered in the sections above. If you like one of the following, feel free to use it:

  • Recordings in Canvas work well for short messages, answering questions, or giving feedback on an assignment.
  • Zoom can be used for making recordings. Upload the recording to My Mediasite for publication.
  • Microsoft Teams can also be used for making recordings. The recording will automatically be uploaded to Stream.
  • Skype for Business works well when multiple people need to present in the same video. Upload the recording to My Mediasite for publication.

Do you like to write on a whiteboard when you teach? What do you do when you have to teach online?

Instead of writing on a physical whiteboard or blackboard, you will use an interactive screen or a tablet. Digital handwriting can be a part of a video recording, a live video stream from an auditorium, or a live class in Zoom, Teams or Skype for Business. There are a lot of variations for how this can be done. Which variation you choose will be based on the equipment you have available and which software suits your needs.

First, software. There are a number of programs that can be used for digital handwriting.

  • Everyone at UiT has access to PowerPoint. The advantage with PowerPoint is that you already know how to use it and you can draw on existing PowerPoint presentations. Basically you do not need to start from scratch. If you are teaching in Zoom or Teams, you can share your screen with the PowerPoint presentation and draw on it while you teach. (Se video below for an example.)
  • Zoom and Teams have built-in functions for digital whiteboards. The advantage with these is that you and your students can collaborate and draw on the same whiteboard.

And a few words about the physical device you are writing on.

  • UiT has interactive screens in a number of classrooms. Some are large and are mounted on the wall. Others are normal computer screen sized and are on the lectern. If the room is "Skype-enabled" that means you will be able to connect to an online meeting and use the interactive screen in the classroom as a digital whiteboard in your online meeting. Contact Orakelet about where to find classrooms near you that have interactive screens.
  • Alternatively you can use a tablet or digital drawing board as a digital whiteboard. This is convenient if you have to teach from home. A drawing board connects to your computer and you run the whole meeting on your computer. A tablet can be used to run the whole meeting. Another option is to connect to the online meeting from both your computer and your tablet at the same time. This enables you to use your tablet as a digital whiteboard and your computer for sound, video, chat, etc. (This last option is demonstrated in the video below.)

Contact Orakelet for one-to-one guidance regarding the equipment you have access to and software that suits your needs.

Example videos:

Stopping the spread of infection

Disinfecting touch screens requires special equipment and methods. Cleaning staff will therefore be the ones who disinfect touch screens on campus.

When using a touch screen on campus, you can do the following:

  • Wash your hands first
  • Use a touch pen. Certain kinds of touch screens have their own pens. Don't interact with the touch screen with your finger or hand
  • Wash the touch pen with a wet wipe when you are done


How do your students prepare group assignments when campus is closed? How do they maintain social contact with each other? Studying and social connections are both important! We recommend the following:



Canvas is UiT's chosen Learning Management System. It should be your primary communication channel with your students, so use it to gather and structure the resources they need to be updated on the class.

Every semester we teach courses about Canvas. Here are recordings (in Norwegian) from previous courses:



Would you like some pedagogical principles and theories to help you in planning and implementing your online courses? Here is a list of resources:

  • Learning design
    RESULT uses a model called ASSURE. This model is helpful when you are planning courses and individual classes as it helps you choose appropriate teaching strategies, methods and tools. 
  • Video in higher education
    You might have heard that video is a good tool for teaching. But do you know why and when it is an appropriate tool to use?
  • Flipped classroom
    This model combines the best of synchronous and asynchronous teaching.
  • Learning strategies
    What does the research say about how students learn? Help your students by learning how they learn best.




It is very important for us that you get the support you need when you are planning online classes or making presentations.

Contact Oraklet if you have any issues. Orakelet has an extra support team for digital classes. We answer your questions that have been sent to Orakelet.



The contact persons at the faculties are key personel that can assist in following up how digital tuition is done at the different units, and how the different classes are handled.

The contact persons are:



We are working on translating the Norwegian content, it will be available by the end of the working day March 27.

On this page we have collected information and resources from the University Library which can be useful for planning and arranging digital lectures, seminars, and teaching.

Contact us at post@ub.uit.no if you have questions.

Visit the University Library website



Course reading material


How to find digital material for your course reading list?

-Search Oria to find available resources from the University Library
-Search sources for Open Access material

The University Library always purchases digitally available editions as far as this is possible, but not all resources are digitally available in formats that are suited for libraries. If a resource is not available through Oria, contact the Library or consider whether there are other suitable resources.

Reading lists/Leganto


Leganto is UiT's digital course resource list management system, and is web based tool that provides more integrated course reading lists that are easier to build and maintain, and gives easier access to relevant citations for courses.

Reading lists created in Leganto are integrated into Canvas, easily accessible to students and updated with the Library's collection. Students get direct access to digital resources.

 

The Univeristy Library offers seminars on how to use Leganto ahead of creation deadlines for spring and fall semesters. Dates are published on the help page on Intranett and on the Noticeboard.

 

Students: How to find your course material lists
Employees: Leganto - digital reading list management system  

Purchase requests


The Library buys or requests intra library loans of requested resources. Books and scientific papers are acquired on demand, journal and database subscriptions are assessed against available subscription funds.

Purcahse request? Email us at post@ub.uit.no

Digitalization requests


The University Library offers a digitiation service that in some cases can assist with material for lectures.

Digitisation of course material
The University Library does not have resources for large scale scanning of course material. Lecturers can, however, scan book excerpts and scientific papers, and publish these in Leganto/Canvas, assuming the content complies with the Kopinor agreement for Higher education institutions

The university can assist with advice with and, in some cases, editing of the files. We have created a simple manual for scannig with Xerox multi-function printers.

Through the eBooks On Demand (EOD) service, employees at UiT can request digitisation of older material from the Library's collection that has entered into the public domain. 

Please note that such requests may take some time. Depending on condition, format and copyright, the book in question might be impossible to digitise.

Digitisation requests should be made to samlinger@ub.uit.no. All requests will be considered and answered.

Access to electronic resources


Using VPN

Orakelet has now found a temporary fix for using VPN to access all library services:

1. Start Cisco AnyConnect Secure mobility Client as usual
2. Write server address: vpn.uit.no/bibliotek
3. Click Connect and log on

We urge you to only use this profile to access the library services (databases, e-journals etc.) Please note that it may take 5-10 minutes to connect.

For any technical problems with VPN, contact Orakelet

Open Access literature


How to find an open version of a scientific paper? Use Unpaywall, Open Access Button or Kopernio (registration required). You can add these as extension in your web browser.

Search for open access material in:

  • DOAJ: Quality controlled and peer reviewed Open Access journals. 
  • DOAB: Open access and peer reviewed books from several publishers. 
  • CORE: Openly availble research publications from all over the world, interdisciplinary. 
  • ScienceOpen: Openly available research publications, and interactive tools for researchers. 

On this site, you find a selection of resources recommended by the UNiversity library's subject librarians. Some of them require a VPN connection, while some are Open Access resources. 

Humanities and social sciences


Here you find a selection of digital resources several of which are interdisciplinary. Use a VPN connection to ensure access to the resources.

Ordnett.no is a (Norwegian) language and dictionary service that provides access to several digital dictionaries. Get offline access on mobile devices by downloading the Ordnett app (Android and iOS).

Ethonologue: Languages of the world is a searchable database containing detailed information about all known, living languages of the world. Ethnologue is an active scientific project, and many academics consider it the best and most comprehensive resource on the subject.

Filmakers Library Online contains award-winning documetaries relevant to devereal subjects within the fields of humanities and social sciences. The films in the database present points of view, and historical and present experiences from different cultures and traditions across the globe.

East View gives access to regional Russian newspapers and a selection of journals. The database is relevant for historians, but also for those with a general interest in Russia.

World Scholar: Latin America the Caribbean is a searchable database containing an extensive collection of historical sources about Latin America and the Caribbean, in addition to scientific papers, news articles, maps, statistics, images and more.

BBC has made several history programs available as podcasts, covering many exciting and innovative topics. We especially recommend the series In our time with Melvyn Bragg, one of BBC Radio 4's most successful discussion programs. This program covers history, philosophy, culture, religion, science, and everything in between.

Medicine and health


The following resources are in frequent use among students and employees at the Helsefak/UNN(dept. for health sciences/University hospital). The University Library assists with instruction, if needed. Use a VPN connection to ensure access to the resources.

Knowledge based practice from Helsebiblioteket. (Norwegian only) Here students can learn how to find, assess, and use research based knowledge in practice. There are also examples on how to find relevant search terms, how to search in different databases and check lists for assessing scientific papers.

Anatomy TV from Primal Pictures. Anatomy and physiology database, allows seamless use in lectures and direct links to Canvas. Contains a large amount of films and animations, and a continuously updated section on pathology.

Acland’s video atlas of human anatomy. Anatomy database that uses human bodies donated to science to illustrate anatomy from head to toe.

Thieme teaching assistant anatomy. More than 3000 images of anatomical segments covering the entire human body. These can be annotated with Latin terms, and downloaded for teaching purposes.

Thieme e-book library. Contains 145 books in the format Pocket atlas of... Short and concise information that covers most areas taught at health dept./UH.

Dental Anatomy & 3-D interactive Tooth Atlas-eHuman. 3-D Tooth Atlas is integrated into the curriculum of dental health schools. It is a an educational tool used by the entire international dental health community, including students, faculty members and practitioners.

Help with searching for literature

The University Library has made a handy "self-help" guide on searching for literature.



Information literacy (iKomp)


The free, open and flexible online course iKomp gives an introduction to information literacy.The course is intended for those interested in learning more about:

  • learning strategies
  • how to gather scientific information
  • how to critically evaluate sources
  • how to use other sources in your own work

The course consists of text, videos, activities and quizzes. The final test is a multiple-choice quiz where test takers must achieve 80% correct answers to pass. Many academic communities at UiT have included iKomp as a requirement in courses/programs.

Citations and reference management


Students can ease their reference management by using one of the University Library's example collections. Here students can find information on how to cite in text, how to build a bibliography and fill out field in EndNote references.

EndNote online course


The University Library offers a web based introduction course to EndNote for PC, the course is free and openly accessible. The course is suited for new EndNote users, and for users in need of a refresher. There are no requirements of previous knowledge, but a basic knowledge of MS Word will come in handy.

For further EndNote help, contact us in TopDesk