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Month of Engaging Education


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?

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
  • applying their knowledge to problem-solving exercises

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.

  • 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.

The effectiveness of engaging education has been the subject of much research. These studies mostly compare traditional curriculums (with traditional lectures) to curriculums that employ more engaging teaching methods. Freeman et al. (2014) compared many of these comparative studies. They studied the effect of engaging education in different disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, psychology) and what they found is that, in general, engaging learning environments lead to better performance and fewer students failing their courses. It is important to note that the studies in the meta-analysis varied significantly in terms of how intensively and how often engaging teaching methods were implemented. For more on that, see the article by Chi and Wylie (2014), which contains an overview of studies that compare different engaging teaching methods. The results reveal 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.

In summary, 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.

How can Educate-it help?


Take the blended training course - This consists of an online section and in-person workshops. You can also choose to take part only in the online part, or only in the workshop(s).

Do a workshop

Take the online training course - This online training course is all about the dos and don'ts of using engaging education. You'll learn what engaging education is, how to use it most effectively and what to look out for if you start using engaging education in your course. Go to the training course.

Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom

From now on, teachers can teach in the new Active Learning Classroom (ALC) at the Bolognalaan 101. Research shows that the same course with activating teaching methods leads to better results in an ALC than in a traditional room. This is because an ALC provokes different behavior from both the teacher and the students. Click here for more info or view the video. Faculty of Science, Geo and FSW have the first booking right for this room. For Semester 1, other faculties may request the room after June 16. This can be done by sending a request to j.vanwinden@uu.nl. Before the first use, a short 10-minute instruction about the room follows.

Or visit the Educate-it Academy

Educational Tools

  • Vyond
    Vyond is an online application to create animations.
  • PathXL
     makes digital microscopy possible by offering coupes online.
  • FeedbackFruits
    FeedbackFruits is an online learning environment in which interaction is stimulated by discussion, (peer) feedback and knowledge exchange.
  • Feedbackfruits 2.0 (interactive video interactive document)
    Feedbackfruits 2.0 has developed the previous application into plug-ins which can be used in Blackboard.
  • PeerWise
    In Peerwise students are responsible for creating test questions. These questions can be shared, and students can give each other feedback.
  • Xerte
    XerteOnline Toolkits (XOT) is an e-learning development tool with which you can develop interactive modules.
  • Scalable Learning
    Scalable Learning is an online platform that you can use to publish knowledgeclips (or web-lectures) online.
  • Mediasite
    MyMediasiteallows you to record knowledge clips. Knowledge clips are videos of about 5 minutes that explain difficult subjects.
  • Peergrade
    Peergrade is an online platform for giving and receiving (peer) feedback.
  • Grasple
    Grasple is an online platform for statistics. Grasply is aimed at students with difficulty with numbers and mathematics.

Talk it through – Discuss your plans with a didactic advisor for targeted advice or a custom solution.

Visit the Academy circle – For some background information on knowledge clips, click on knowledge clips in the circle.

There's more to us than engaging education!

Have you been inspired, but are you mostly interested in what we can offer besides engaging education?

This month the following workshops will take place:

Or check out the rest of our offerings


Questions? Looking for support? Contact Educate-it.

Is now not a good time? There’s another Month of engaging education coming in May 2019.

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