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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/sites/339/2019/01/voorbereiding-praktica-leerlijn-DHV.mp4 Enjoy!

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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.

11 April 2019

Sharing, following and signing up for projects on KonJoin

Do you want one platform to provide your students with insight in all thesis possibilities? Do you want to see what the current (research) projects are outside of your own discipline? Or do you want to find motivated students who want to help you review your educational design? KonJoin is a platform on which teachers, researchers and students can share projects. With a SolisID you can view all shared projects, follow the ones your interested in, but also sign up to contribute to a project. This way, the ‘demand and supply’ of (research) projects are brought together and a university wide overview is created of all projects. You can apply filters to search for specific faculties or types of projects – for example bachelor-, master- or co-creation projects. For students it is clear which projects are currently active, to which projects they can contribute and in what way. If you’re interested in, or want more information about KonJoin, feel free to take a look at the Educate-it toolguide, the platform itself, or contact Educate-it via educate-itbalie@uu.nl.

9 April 2019

May is Engaging education month

To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. May is the month of the engaging education.  Research* reveals that when a teaching method increases how involved a student is (meaning the student is more ‘engaged’ in constructing knowledge), students achieve better academic outcomes. As a teacher, would you like your students to come to class well-prepared? Would like to see more interaction in your classroom? Would you like to connect to your students? Do you get the sense your message might not be coming across? Educate-it offers teachers a broad range of IT tools for their various learning objectives. These tools have already proven their value in education and Educate-it is happy to instruct and support anyone who wants to start using them. In Engaging Education, students actively engage with the subject matter, doing things like connecting what they’re learning to what they already know, actively and deliberately practicing certain skills and applying their knowledge to problem-solving exercises. Engaged students tend to process subject matter better and are better equipped to engage in deep learning during classroom hours. Engaging exercises that make sense in the context of your course keep your students involved and invested. Teachers interested in learning about engaging education and the best ways to use it 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 Educate-it theme page. Are you interested in engaging education 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. Next month, our theme will be Knowledge clips. 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. *) Many studies into the effectiveness of engaging education have been performed and included in large meta-analyses and reviews. In general, these studies show that teaching methods that actively engage students with their own learning process lead to better academic outcomes. It is important to remember, however, that engaging teaching methods vary greatly, and so might the academic outcomes they lead to.  (Chi & Wylie, 2014; Freeman et al.,2014).

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2 May 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.

14 May 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 May 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)

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