Teachers' Guide | Graduate School of Life Sciences


In the teaching phase, the course will be taught by the course coordinator or a colleague teacher. The course coordinator has to be available during the course, as a contact person for the students (for example for questions about the content or the assignment).

A course is assessed by the examiner (a staff member of Utrecht University or University Medical Center Utrecht). Often the course coordinators themselves are the examiners. More information about assessment can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations.

Students with extra time

During your exam there might be students that are entitled to extra time. To qualify for this, students need to have a contract issued by the academic counsellor. Students that are entitled to extra time can be viewed in OSIRIS Supervisor(all contracts will be visible there as of April 1st, 2021). Additionally, GSLS students always receive a copy of the contract so in case the course examiner has no access to OSIRIS Supervisor, students can be asked to provide their contract directly to the examiner. 

Students outside of the GSLS may not have a received a contract. In this case OSIRIS Supervisor needs to be used to determine whether the student qualifies. If you have no access to OSIRIS Supervisor the academic counsellor can perform this check.

Digital assessment

Courses can make use of digital assessment in case of written exams. Digital assessment can improve the quality of your exams, allow you to use your time more effectively and efficiently, and remove possible bias in the grading procedure (see anonymous grading below). For digital assessment the UMCU makes use of TestVision and the UU makes use of Remindo.

For Biomedical Sciences teachers, more information about the opportunities for digital assessment in TestVision is available online (in Dutch) or you can contact doo-testvision@umcutrecht.nl.

For Biosciences teachers, more information about digital assessment in Remindo is available.

Anonymous grading

The GSLS makes use of anonymous grading for all exams taken in Remindo and TestVision. Anonymous grading means that during the grading of open questions, the grader will be unable to identify the student. This will result in a more unbiased grading procedure. The grader will be able to choose to grade per question or per student, as per usual. Once the grading process is finished the grader can still see which student gave which answer.

Anonymous grading can be turned off upon request.

Online proctoring

When making use of digital assessment, online proctoring can be requested as a special provision, in case of force majeure.

More information

Want to know more about (digital) assesment? Have a look at one of the following links: