Replacing a lecture

Academic education is largely designed around giving lectures in addition to working in groups and practicum settings that naturally play an important role. If a lecture is to be replaced with remote teaching, two options are feasible:

  1. Digitising the lecture.

  2. Replacing the lecture with activities that achieve the same goals.

When making choices, it is important to consider the following points:

  • What is the purpose of the lecture?

  • Are more or fewer than 100 students attending the lectures at the same time?

  • Is interaction necessary during all parts of the lecture? If so, is it essential that it be synchronous / simultaneous interaction?

  • Is it essential that the knowledge transfer takes place through a lecture, or are other formats also a possibility?

The answers to these questions will help determine which format is most suitable as a replacement for the current lecture. The most important thing is that the lecture is not copied and pasted into the digital world.

First considerations 

  1. Avoid digitising the lectures by simply copy pasting

  2. It is recommended to shorten the work

  3. Possibility to reach large groups

  4. Alternate between interactive sessions and just sending information

  5. Recording and playback is possible


While there are numerous formats, options and combinations of these, we will cover a handful here that are either already available within the university or require very little preparation time.

  • Flipped classroom
    By using the flipped classroom principle, it can be ensured that the “shared time” online is of greater added value. Students gain knowledge independently and during, for example, an online workgroup or a form of collaborative learning, that way knowledge is best applied. For example, the lecture is no longer the centre of gravity of the programme.

  • Question Time
    Question time can be used to replace a Q&A lecture or to supplement a flipped classroom or video. During question time, students can log in to an online environment (such as Kaltura Liveroom) and ask their questions. For large groups, questions can be collected in advance.

  • Knowledge clips
    Knowledge clips are videos explaining a particular concept or theory. You can record these clips yourself using the video toolkit, but it is certainly advisable to look for existing material on, for example, Coursera, Futurelearn or YouTube. You can also use these clips for future campus education.

  • Live webinar
    It is possible to accommodate a lecture with a maximum of 100 students online using Kaltura Liveroom. A webinar offers the possibility to interact with students, to work in smaller groups and to give a presentation. The webinar can also be recorded.

  • Record lectures
    When more than 100 students have to follow the content of a lecture, you can opt to record the lecture.

Considerations and Educational Implementation 

  • An important aspect to consider is the length of the lecture. The usual two times 45 minutes are too long to complete online. Splitting and / or shortening is recommended.

  • Because it is more difficult to maintain focus in an online setting (for both student and teacher), it is advisable to use a variety of formats and activities.

  • In all cases where synchronous communication takes place, it is advisable to make someone responsible as a moderator to manage the conversations and discussions.

  • A webinar offers many features and benefits, but keep in mind that this is a complex technology that can demand a lot from both hardware and the internet connection.

  • In order to share Kaltura guidelines with students during an online lecture, a PowerPoint template can be found at the bottom of this page.

Related Tools

Supported tools by Leiden University

Kaltura Liveroom

Kaltura Capture

Other tools

Create a screen recording

Create audio recording / podcast

Record a powerpoint narration

Check the current status of Kaltura Live Room at