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What do students think about educational innovation? What do they like about it? What are they still hoping to see? And what is it like for teachers to innovate their education? The Educate-it student and teacher vloggers will take you on a ride through their world and show you their experiences with educational innovation. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and come along for the ride! Meet our vloggers! https://youtu.be/y5n6rXeEB0k Docentenvlogs https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLznWbzM78QuF_agL9nmJtRl8gj6ChwLoS Leonie Heres-van Rossum Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance  Teacher Governance and Organisational Sciences https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiEQfRlLd4hez3IojbkxK9r-D5cLhYTgR Evianne van der Kruk Faculty of Sciences Teacher of Pharmacy https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLZN70QSr7QFzGdr53ivAT7OWzbpa5UKG Jasper van Winden Faculty of Science Teacher course: Scientist in Advice   Educate-itvlogs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeKDLhr3ves&list=PLaxRaYHfTqIAJ9x9XtyiY91uJmQ3uSWf2   Studentvlogs https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvYO-xZ2KHN5CB2gWOxevEGhEJPov4rLk Nikki Keuper Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences Studies in Utrecht https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv0lI5WfhasSf86L0Q8GgUOrzZ763zM9I Naomi Okoto Faculty Law, Economics, and Governance Studies in Utrecht https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhZkeFKtiPFztr8MomthQpE8MzEcvl_Vv  Hugo Hegeman Faculty Law, Economics, and Governance Studies in Lisbon Previous vloggers https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLm2ZlfWIqangdTnnKGSBAJ6dIj3gSlSPo Lisa Adriaansen Faculty of Medicine Studies in Utrecht https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG6vv2gfjubHV0gES6_LvanSjmcPAh_Zs Lisa Rzepka Faculty Social Sciences Studies in Australia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cc8sqDEpHw&list=PL84wHVjJFlA-f2Zvx0EebdvuBoIsh48N_ Anahi Saravia Herrera                         University College Utrecht Studies in Utrecht https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5vJKPuzKxXKNL1ITw82VSxlQUyTZJy-J Sebastien Packer Faculty Law, Economics, and Governance Exchange student from Canada to Utrecht

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Educational innovation is helping laboratory animals - Benedikte Sam

As the faculty contact for Educate-it at Veterinary Medicine, I get to work with a colleague from the Chair of Quality Promotion at my faculty to organise an Education Sandwich meeting each month. We aim to inform and inspire teachers with recent developments in the fields of education and educational science. These meetings draw a crowd. Three recently developed e-modules were presented at the most recent meeting, whose common thread was that they each contributed to a reduction in animal testing (a priority at our faculty). All three also enabled our students to prepare thoroughly for their practicals: an essential element of becoming a vet. The first module was developed by colleagues involved with the 3R-center, a group dedicated to Replacing, Reducing and Refining testing on animals. The module is available to externals as well as our own students and is directed at improving awareness and knowledge of humane termination in people who work with laboratory animals professionally. The end of this presentation transitioned smoothly into a discussion of the ‘Behaviour and Handling’ self-study module, which helps students prepare for practicals on various species of animals. Students get to see ahead of time what kinds of behaviours they should expect, what procedure they will learn and how to perform that procedure properly. This frees up time in the practical for students to actually practice. A module that ties into that nicely is ‘Clinical Diagnostics, Cat’. The behaviour of cats makes using them as (educational) laboratory animals fairly complex, not least because they are especially susceptible to stress. To allow students to still practice what they need while using as few cats as possible, three measures were implemented: Students can prepare for clinical teaching sessions involving cats at home, using the new e-learning module on clinical diagnostics. That module contains theory, practice, and many videos and exercises. During practicals, the more distressing procedures will no longer be performed on live cats, but on dummy animals (called ‘fluffy cats’), so that students can practice basic procedures under the auspices of the teacher. These fluffy cats are also used for the so-called station exams in the bachelor’s degree programme. Students can prove they possess the required skills and expertise to pass their exam using the dummy. It is inspiring to see how actively teachers are innovating their teaching. And our students share that excitement, since the modules allow them to review and practice as often as they like. I make myself useful to teachers by helping them procure funds and whatever (educational, technical or practical) support they require. I also connect teachers interested in starting similar projects. Obviously, my ‘Education Sandwich’ meetings also provide teachers a platform for sharing their educational accomplishments and developments. Future editions have already been scheduled and will address very different subjects: January 22nd: Chantal Duijn will talk about her doctoral research into EPA’s in veterinary education. February 5th: Ruurd Jorritsma will address sideways entry into the Farm Animals and Veterinary Public Health master’s degree programme. In closing, I would like to share that our students are also developing courses, such as our didactics elective. A teacher had asked them for help: How do I get students to show up for practicals properly prepared? Here’s what they came up with: https://educate-it.uu.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/voorbereiding-praktica-leerlijn-DHV.mp4 Enjoy!

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19 July 2019

Open and Online Education 2020 call for proposals opened

A new call for proposals for the Open and Online Education stimulus package has been opened. Open and online education provides opportunities to innovate teaching, improve the quality of education and boost academic outcomes. That is why the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (ECS) is making funding available both for experiments with online education and for initiatives using open course materials. The submission deadline for your project proposal is 16 December 2019. Format: 2 tracks The current Open and Online Education stimulus package consist of two tracks: online education and open course materials. SURF is in charge of supervising the projects and sharing knowledge with the entirety of higher education. Online education track: ‘Interaction and feedback’ Within this track, grants are available for either redesigning current educational offerings or developing new online education. A theme has been introduced to focus the projects and to encourage the collaborative development of knowledge. The theme for this year’s proposals is the online guidance of students in online education. A maximum of 700,000 euros in grant money will be available in this round. Each project can apply for a grant of no more than 100,000 euros. There is no lower limit; Small projects are welcome. The project must at least match the amount in its grant application with resources of its own. Projects should run for between 12 and 24 months. Submitted projects must start between 1 May and 1 September 2020. Open course material track Within this track, grants are available for experimentation with reusing existing and open course materials within communities of teachers. This will stimulate teacher collaboration across institutional borders to create and (re)use high-quality collections of open course materials. By working together, they can increase the quality of these materials and make more efficient use of their time. A maximum of 700,000 euros in grant money will be available in this round. Each project can apply for a grant no greater than 175,000 euros. To ensure that the project results will be broadly applicable, each application must be submitted by no fewer than 2 different institutions of higher learning. The project must at least match the amount in its grant application with means of its own. Projects should run for between 12 and 24 months. Project submitters can choose a start date anywhere between 1 May and 1 September 2020. Information and submitting a proposal If you are interested in submitting a proposal, it is important that you follow UU’s internal procedure (see appendix) to get support and the signed letter of the Executive Board. Please inform Educate-it (Educate-it@uu.nl) when you intend to submit your proposal. Educate-it can also assist with drafting your proposal if you wish. You can find more information about this stimulus package on the SURF website. Those applying for a grant will be personally responsible for submitting their proposal including all the relevant documentation (signed letter from the Executive Board, any additional letters of intent, budget) through www.dus-i.nl. Additional information about submitting a project proposal, the procedures and the assessment criteria about the Open and Online Education stimulus package can be found the SURF-website. Information Online Education Track 2020 Information Open Course Materials Track 2020  You can also find links to previously approved projects (in Dutch).

19 July 2019

September 2019 is (Peer) feedback month

Feedback is an important part of the educational process. It shows students where they are in the learning process and what they need to improve. For that reason Educate-it organises this September the (peer) feedback month. Do you as a teacher want to get started with assessing written assignments? Do you want your students to offer each other well-structured feedback on assignments? Or an online environment in which students can place pitches? Teachers interested in learning about (peer) feedback and the best ways to use them in education will be invited to take part in various workshops, online trainings and IT tools. A comprehensive list of our offerings can be found on the Educate-it (Peer) feedback month page. Good feedback bridges the gap between the student’s current level of ability and the level they need to achieve. For feedback to be effective, it must be aligned with the course’s learning objectives and it must motivate students to strive for the ability level that is expected of them. With peer feedback, students receive most of their feedback from their classmates. Are you interested in knowledge clips but too busy right now to take part in any of our activities? There will be another Month of the (Peer) feedback in February 2020. Naturally, the online training courses are available year-round and you can always get in touch with us to get the support you need. Next month, our theme will be Skills.

17 June 2019

Sign up for the Educate-it Summer Course

Do you already have ideas about how to design your courses in next academic year? Start the summer in a good, fun, and useful way with your colleagues and strengthen your teaching through the Educate-it Summer Course. The summer course is one of the activities within the Strenghen-your-education-week. Twice a year Educate-it provides a Summer or Winter Course. PROGRAMME The first part is all about inspiration: explore the possibilities of blended learning through concrete examples and experiences of fellow teachers. The second part is a customized programme. You will explore the tools and discover how to make use of them. Curious about the experiences of other teachers who have already participated? In evaluations they say: "Good that the first day gives you ideas that you can try out on the second day". And: “Many practical examples. Inspiring ”. Or watch this video. Sign up NOW! Sign up!

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12 September 2019

Workshop Effective Digital Assessment

This workshop will offer some rules of thumb for composing a good exam and good (open or closed) exam questions. As an exercise, we will critically examine your past exam questions, looking for ways to improve them and learn how to write even better questions in future. We will also get our hands dirty: you’ll learn how to transfer your exam questions into Remindo and use them to compose an assessment. You’ll also learn how to re-use your questions in later assessments. By working this way, you will start to build a database of questions and answers that will benefit you for years to come. You will be working on your own questions in the workshop. Bring one of your past (summative or formative) assessments with you! You will also need to bring your own laptop. The workshop is usually conducted in Dutch. If you’d prefer to take it in English, please email dp.educate-it@uu.nl for a personal appointment.

26 September 2019

Workshops Analysing a Remindo assessment

Have you performed digital assessments with Remindo before? Would you like to analyse how that went? Then this is the workshop for you. We will answer the following questions: What does analysis in Remindo look like? How do you interpret what it tells you (P, Rir, Rit, Cronbach’s alpha)? What do you do when your students perform very poorly on the assessment? How do you handle questions that either everyone gets or everyone misses? Can you remove questions? Accept ‘wrong’ multiple- choice answers? How do you evaluate the quality of your questions? (This workshop is given in Dutch by default, if you want a workshop in English please say so in the registration form)

21 November 2019

Teaching & Learning Lab Autumn Festival

For everyone involved in improving secondary and higher education: put the TLL Autumn Festival 2019 in your agenda. The Autumn Festival will take place on Thursday afternoon, November 21, 2019, on the campus of Utrecht University. More information about the program will be announced later in the spring. Do you want to be kept informed? Let us know via teachinglearninglab@uu.nl or subscribe to our newsletter. See an impression of the Autumn Festival 2018.

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