Many students struggle with issues that can lead to alarming behaviour (for example suicidal tendencies, aggression or radicalization). This can lead to dangerous situations, for the student or for his or her surroundings.

In higher education institutions, teachers are amongst the first ones that can notice signs of alarming behaviour in students. However, teachers do not always know how to interpret these signs or how to act on them, which can lead to students receiving necessary aid too late, or not at all.

Recognizing and acting on signals of alarming behaviour

To help teachers and other professionals recognize these signals as well as offer them perspective on how to act, the programme Safe and Open Higher Education has developed the e-learning alarming behaviour. Another aspect of the e-learning is that teachers and other professionals possess only one of the many pieces of the puzzle concerning alarming behaviour. This means that in order to see the complete picture, all of the puzzle-pieces should be put together.

Structure of the e-learning

The e-learning consists of six modules, with a combined duration of about two hours to take in all the material. The introductory module is followed by three modules in which you will see three cases of students that are displaying alarming behaviour and the way teachers deal with those students. The three forms of alarming behaviour that are covered are: suicidal tendencies, aggression and radicalization.

The fifth module is more theoretical and shows the so called Pathway to Violence, a model that describes all the steps a person goes through before committing an act of violence.

The sixth and final module offers instructions on how to download and modify the e-learning, so that you can use in any way you see fit.