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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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14 October 2019

Versterk-je-onderwijs-week. Reserveer 27 t/m 30 januari 2020 vast in je agenda!

Begin juli werd de eerste Versterk-je-onderwijs-week georganiseerd. Docenten waren enthousiast: “I discovered new interesting things and I came back to work with inspiration and new ideas”; “Inspirerend en de moeite waard. Het heeft me concrete ideeën opgeleverd.” De week werd zo goed ontvangen, dat besloten is om dit initiatief uit te breiden en voort te zetten. In januari 2020 wordt daarom de volgende ‘wintereditie’ georganiseerd. Dus heb je ook behoefte aan inspiratie en tijd om je onderwijs te versterken? Zet deze week dan alvast in je agenda. Programma Partners van het CAT, waaronder Educate-it, Onderwijsadvies & Training, het Teaching & Learning Lab en de docentencommunity TAUU bieden workshops, lezingen en webinars aan, waarin jij je kan laten inspireren of kunt werken aan verdieping en versterking van je eigen onderwijs. Werk heel concreet aan je onderwijs of kom voor good practices! Ga met mededocenten in gesprek over activerende onderwijsvormen, verbeter de kwaliteit van je (digitale) tentamens of verbeter je skills om studentenonderzoek te begeleiden. Ook is er volop ruimte voor de nodige ontspanning. Locatie Het programma vindt plaats op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, de UCU-campus, het Utrecht Science Park en ook online. Alle docenten van de Universiteit Utrecht zijn welkom en deelname is gratis! Laat van je horen Heb je een idee voor een onderwerp voor een workshop of rondetafelgesprek om in het programma op te nemen? Wil je op de hoogte blijven wanneer het programma bekend is en je je kan inschrijven? Laat het ons via dit formulier weten!

14 October 2019

November 2019 is Skills month

Skills, like communication, academic or lab skills, are incorporated in many teaching courses. For students, practicing these skills is an important part of the programme and vital preparation for their careers. By using online tools teachers can help all of their students to practice these skills. That is why Educate-it organises the month of the Skills. With these tools, students can practice their skills digitally in a secure and familiar environment, as often as they want or need. Students receive the feedback they need to develop their skills from the tool itself or digitally from their teachers and peers. This provides students an important opportunity to practice their skills before they have to use them in their classes or careers. Offer for teachers Teachers interested in learning about skills and the best ways to use them in education will be invited to take part in various workshops and IT tools. A comprehensive list of our offerings can be found on the Month of the Skills page. Are you interested in skills but too busy right now to take part in any of our activities? The next Month of the Skills is in April 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 Knowledge clips.

30 September 2019

Autumn Festival and Design-thinking sessions

Come to the Teaching & Learning Lab Autumn Festival on Friday, November 22, 2019 in Utrecht. This fourth Autumn Festival is for everyone who feels involved in innovation and improvement of secondary and higher education. Take part in workshops, making and listening sessions on activating work forms, blended learning and active learning spaces. Solve an educational puzzle box and experience how to use it in your teaching or make one yourself.

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14 October 2019

Workshop Engaging education

In this workshop, you will look for ways to engage your students. More engaged students tend to absorb subject matter better and more quickly, which frees up time for in-depth treatments in the classroom. The way to make that happen is by flipping the classroom. The first part of the workshop will focus on the teaching methods you can implement in your course. We will also examine how your classroom and online teaching interact with each other. That’s why you will spend the second part of the workshop working with a tool to organise your teaching effectively. You’ll have a choice of Xerte, FeedbackFruits 2.0 (interactive document) or Scalable Learning. When you come to the workshop, please bring a laptop and the learning objectives for your course. If you don’t have the use of a laptop, please email ahead: dp.educate-it@uu.nl. 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.

14 October 2019

Students create assesmentquestions using Peerwise

  PeerWise encourages students to actively engage with the subject matter by writing their own exam questions and sharing those with each other. This workshop features a small demo, after which you will start using PeerWise right away, coming to grips with all it has to offer. If you prefer the workshop in English, please contact dp.educate-it@uu.nl for a personal appointment.

16 October 2019

Interaction in your course using votingtools

Do you want more interaction with your students in class? Do you doubt whether your message is landing with them? If so, a voting tool may be just the thing! Voting tools allow you to quiz your students in class, all at once, instantly. Your students will respond to your questions on their phones and laptops. You then decide how to share their answers with the group. This workshop covers the why, the when and the how of using voting tools. We will also discuss what voting tools are available, which of them are supported by Utrecht University and how each one differs from the others. You will get to pick a tool and explore all of its features, then look for ways to use it in your own courses. You’ll create questions in this workshop that you’ll be able to use in class the very next day! 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.

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