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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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News

14 May 2019

June is Knowledge Clip month

To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. June is the month of the Knowledge clips. A knowledge clip is a short, 5 or 10-minute video explaining a single, specific subject. In preparation for classes, students watch knowledge clips online and complete any included assignments. This means they arrive at their lecture, tutorial or practical well-prepared to participate. This frees up classroom time for in-depth exploration of the subject matter. Using knowledge clips in education increases the motivation of students, they are given (even more) responsibility for their own study process (any time, any place). Once recorded, knowledge clips can be shared and reused by teachers within courses, within curriculums, throughout UU or even with the outside world. 3,000 knowledge clips were used in the 2017/2018 academic year. 1,000 were freshly recorded this year, and 2,000 were reused and/or repurposed existing recordings. Teachers interested in learning about knowledge clips and the best ways to use them in education will be invited to take part in various workshops, online trainings and other activities such as Meet the Expert and Open Studio. A comprehensive list of our offerings can be found on the Educate-it theme page. Are you interested in knowledge clips but too busy right now to take part in any of our activities? Naturally, the online training courses are available year-round and you can always get in touch with us to get the support you need. Educate-it Academy Educate-it has collected all its courses, tools and resources for teacher development and student involvement into one place to make it more accessible. From now on, all of it can found on Educate-it Academy. Teachers looking to enhance their teaching will see themed overviews of our online trainings, workshops, tools and background information. The Academy Circle consists of six themes, all relevant to teachers in their daily practice: Engaging education, Knowledge clips, Collaboration, Assessment, (Peer) feedback and Skills. Here, you will find many valuable resources. The circle also contains three overarching themes: Enhance your teaching with blended learning, Engage your students and Study your teaching.

14 May 2019

Utrecht University launches new MOOC 'Professionalism in an era of change'

On May 13 2019 Utrecht University has launched a new MOOC  ‘Professionalism in an era of change’. The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offers a retrospective and prospective view of the changing work of professionals in modern neoliberal society. You can find the MOOC on Coursera. The course offers an overview of how information technology, the rise of managerialism, and societal, cultural and demographic changes have affected the work of professionals and how this forces them to respond. In addition to an in-depth understanding of these challenges, a roadmap is set for a different perspective, a paradigm shift and a way forward. Researchers of the interdisciplinary research focus area ‘Professional Performance’ of Utrecht University have developed the MOOC, lead by Nicole Mastenbroek, coordinator of the focus area.  The course consists of web lectures, interviews, case studies and articles. By means of peer-reviewed assignments, participants are invited to apply the offered knowledge directly in their own work environment. The scope of the course changes from a macro to a micro perspective, from a sociological and historical view on societal developments to the perspective on change of the individual professional. We hope that the participants in this course will develop a broader understanding of the work of and interaction with professionals. The MOOC went live on May 13 2019 and can be found on Coursera, platform for free online courses worldwide. With its MOOCs, Utrecht University intends to promote the University and its strategic themes internationally, to create expertise in new forms of education, and to make education more widely available. This is also why Educate-it facilitates these MOOCs, each of which is connected to one of the university’s strategic themes or focus areas.

18 April 2019

Save the date: Strengthen-your-education-week 1 to 5 July 2019

Do you want to end the academic year in an inspiring way? Come to the strengthen-your-education-week to enrich, simplify or deepen your education. There is also plenty of room for relaxing and entertainment. The week starts on 1 July with a diverse offer aimed at improving and innovating your education: numerous workshops, lunch meetings and tailor-made advice organized by the partners of the Centre for Academic Teaching. Educate-it, Educational Consultancy & Professional Development, the Teaching & Learning Lab and the teachers community TAUU together provide a diverse range of courses at different locations of our university. Work on your education in a very concrete way or come for inspiration! Break out of the Escape Room with your colleagues, receive help with improving tests, meet other teachers or relax during one of the lunches or massages. The program takes place at various locations in the city center, the UCU campus, the Utrecht Science Park and online. All teachers from Utrecht University are welcome! Make a note of week no. 27 (1 to 5 July) 2019 in your diary! Would you like to be notified as soon as the program is known? Or do you have ideas for a subject for a workshop or discussion session? Let us know via this form.

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Events

18 June 2019

Workshop Meet the expert - Kennisclips

Dit inloopspreekuur is speciaal bedoeld voor alle collega’s die net of al lang met video in het onderwijs werken, maar ergens tegenaan lopen of hier vragen over hebben. Tijdens dit spreekuur kun je met Marjolein Haagsman, een expert op het gebied van educatieve video’s, zoeken naar oplossingen en ideeën om je eigen onderwijs verder te verbeteren.  Marjolein gebruikt als docent video’s in de opleiding Biologie en promoveert daarnaast onder andere op het inzetten van (interactieve) educatieve video’s

1 July 2019

Strengthen-your-education-week

Do you want to end the academic year in an inspiring way? Come to the strengthen-your-education-week to enrich, simplify or deepen your education. There is also plenty of room for relaxing and entertainment. The week starts on 1 July with a diverse offer aimed at improving and innovating your education: numerous workshops, lunch meetings and tailor-made advice organized by the partners of the Centre for Academic Teaching. Educate-it, Educational Consultancy & Professional Development, the Teaching & Learning Lab and the teachers community TAUU together provide a diverse range of courses at different locations of our university. Work on your education in a very concrete way or come for inspiration! Break out of the Escape Room with your colleagues, receive help with improving tests, meet other teachers or relax during one of the lunches or massages. The program takes place at various locations in the city center, the UCU campus, the Utrecht Science Park and online. All teachers from Utrecht University are welcome! Make a note of week no. 27 (1 to 5 July) 2019 in your diary! Would you like to be notified as soon as the program is known? Or do you have ideas for a subject for a workshop or discussion session? Let us know via this 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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