A milestone: This academic year, more digital assessments will be performed at Educatorium than written ones. 1,490 digital assessments have already been performed by students a total of 132,748 times.
All the faculties are showing a steady rise in digital assessments. These digital assessments automatically yield analytics. This provides teachers with feedback on the quality of their tests, making it much easier to improve. Teachers have also indicated on surveys that digital assessments contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of their teaching. Digital assessment has also spread assessments out over the academic block and make better use of the faculty’s own class and exam rooms. This in turn means we don’t need as many off-site rooms. Compared to the previous academic year, the number of students that was tested in an off-site room has dropped by 27%. We’re also seeing a steady increase in the number of times knowledge clips are being re-used. This means that the investments made by the teachers who went to the trouble of recording those clips are now bearing fruit. Besides digital assessment and knowledge clips, a further 1,100 teachers have used tools for digital assessment and 900 more have used them to make their teaching more engaging. These Educate-it results and many more appear on this infographic.
Here is a selection of our results expressed in numbers:
- Over the course of 18 editions of the Summer and Winter Courses, 331 teachers voluntarily started integrating blended learning into their teaching. A further 600 participants took part in one of 80 workshops to learn about specific IT tools that might strengthen their teaching.
- Educate-its didactic advisors conducted advisory interviews with 588 teachers. Since April of 2019, a further 589 have been assisted at the Educate-it support desk.
- In order to promote Educate-it among teachers who have doubts about educational innovation and to encourage them to enhance their own teaching, Educate-it has launched one 12-month and 5 single-month campaigns. A longitudinal study among UU teachers showed that 82% are familiar with Educate-it, up from 74% the year before. 63% of teachers indicate that they believe Educate-it is lowering the barrier to innovation in education.
- Educate-it has posted 609 vlogs and has 420 followers. A further 126 promos and animation have been created and uploaded to YouTube, where they were watched 21, 670 times.
- Since September 2017, the Educate-it site has been visiting over 23,000 times.
- 4,000 student surveys from 93 innovated courses using 14 different tools reveal that students feel they engaged with the subject matter more actively.
- The Educate-it programme attracted publicity by organising a blended LERU conference, with 500 people from 45 countries in the online section and 93 participants from 16 countries showing up to the event in Utrecht. Many more programme presentations have been performed for companies and (inter)national institutes of higher learning.
- Valorisation has also been a priority. The blended modules developed at Educate-it have been used at the Universities of Milan and Parsi (Sorbonne). Our reach is now world-wide, thanks to our contributions to an international course on teaching Dutch as a foreign language and a symposium on Veterinary Medicine for 230 participants from 18 countries.