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22 December 2021

Strenghten-Your-Education-Week 31 January until 4 February

The eighth edition of the Strenghten-Your-Education-Week is coming up again! On this page, you will find the complete programme of the week with information about the different workshops. Do you see an interesting workshop or session but are you unable to attend at that time? If so, we may be able to provide you with individual advice or support. Please contact Teaching Support. Are you interested in following a number of workshops during this week? Register here for your chosen workshops! More information

2 November 2021

Student think tank: UU students brainstorm about educational innovation!

How do you involve students in education and educational innovation? Including the perspective of students in the design and innovation of education is very important. After all, education is for the student. That's why Educate-it has developed a student think tank: a programme in which students can give input on educational innovation projects during four sessions that Educate-it is currently carrying out within the UU. In return, they can gain new knowledge and skills. This autumn, the second edition was completed. Below is an interview with Aleid de Jong, project leader of the think tank and participants Dagmar Bon (both pictured) and Sanne de Mooij. Aleid, tell us, how did the student think tank come about?The think tank originated from Educate-it's student engagement project, in which we are looking for ways to involve students in educational innovation. There are various ways of involving students in educational innovation, and one very specific way of doing that is by having them give input for educational innovation projects that are currently being carried out within the UU. In this way, students can really think along about the further development of these projects. To ensure that students could provide targeted input, during the think tank sessions they were first provided with the background and context of one specific project. Subsequently, they could provide feedback on this by means of assignments. Sanne, why did you want to participate in this?I have always enjoyed being involved in thinking about the possible changes within education. I was a master's student at UU and due to corona I only visited the university twice, so for me it was also an additional way to connect with the university and fellow students. Dagmar, how did you experience the meetings?Fun! It gave an extra dimension to my study background in Educational Sciences because it provided me with an opportunity to also apply my knowledge in practice. Besides that, I found it interesting to think about the same topic with students from other disciplines, this provides many new insights. What do you hope will be taken away from the think tank meetings?Sanne: Once, we talked about modularization, where you as a student can choose the subjects that are covered in your study programme. A student from Liberal Arts & Sciences was present at the think tank and modularization is already partly happening within that study programme. During the think tank session, where we mainly saw the advantages of modularization, this student indicated that it is important to keep an eye on the connection between students, because there is much less of a fixed group of fellow students because of the unique composition of the courses. I thought this was an important point and I hope that this will be taken into consideration when modularization will occur more. Do you recommend it to other students to participate in a future edition?Yes, definitely! I found the practical approach to cases very interesting and getting to know students from other educational backgrounds was very enriching, also for your network. Aleid, what do you take away from these meetings for the next think tank?Based on the advice of last year's participants, I am going to try to offer the meetings more blended, so that students can read up on the topic prior to the session and then during the session we will have more time for group assignments and joint discussions of those topics. What is your appeal to students reading this who are also thinking about participating?Of course, education has been undergoing tremendous change over the past year and a half, with the online aspect taking center stage. Every student has their own unique experience with this and we are very curious to hear about those experiences! So do you want to have your say? Then sign up at teachingsupport@uu.nl for the next edition and contribute to developing the education of the future.

11 October 2021

Continuous training hybrid education

Questions about hybrid teaching? Drop by during a walk-in The first teaching term is well under way and teachers are finding their way around the classrooms. Some find it easier than others. Because there are still many questions about the set-up for hybrid education, we offer extra training sessions. It will feel very uncomfortable if you don’t know what to do when you're in front of a classroom full of students and a number of remote students are also taking part. Some preparation is recommended. It is not difficult, but it does not happen automatically either. Training moments Would you like to practice in a hybrid classroom and hear more about the possibilities? Then come along to one of the walk-in training sessions. These will be organised in October and November on Monday afternoons from 13.00 to 17.00 hours and on Thursday afternoons from 13.00 to 17.00 hours in room 1.042 at Bolognalaan 101. During these walk-in sessions, you can receive an explanation and try out the system for yourself. There will be colleagues present who can give both a technical explanation (AV driving licence) and didactic advice. Registration and more information Registration for the walk-in sessions is not necessary. Do none of these moments suit you? Please contact teachingsupport@uu.nl   for an appointment at another time.

26 April 2021

Follow open online courses (MOOCs) at Utrecht University!

Do you want to learn more about the importance of equality for democratic societies? Or are you interested in how recent societal and technological developments have changed the work of professionals? Then sign up for the upcoming sessions of the MOOCs Inequality and Democracy and Professionalism in an era of change at Utrecht University! You can sign up for free until May 4 2021. Next to these two MOOCs you can register for one of the five other MOOCs of Utrecht University.

15 April 2021

Save-the-date Strengthen-Your-Education-Week

Have you ever participated in the Strengthen-Your-Education-Week? Twice a year, we offer UU teachers a week full of workshops and lectures aimed at strengthening their teaching. The past two editions were successfully organized online, with many interesting and well-visited lectures and workshops. The summer edition will take place online from Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July 2021. Pre-register now for the Strengthen-Your-Education-Week. As soon as the programme is finalized we will let you know via email. New: provide a session or input for Strengthen Your Education Week! In this upcoming edition, we want to offer teachers the opportunity to contribute directly to the programme of the Strengthen-Your-Education-Week for the first time. We encourage all teachers to suggest topics for sessions, or sign up to host a session themselves.  Do you think the programme should feature a particular topic? Or would you like to share your teaching experiences with colleagues as a workshop leader? Then please contact us! Examples of a session you could host: a lecture, a round table discussion, an inspiration session, an interview, and so on. If you would like to host a session, please send us a draft text of no more than 200 words by Friday, April 30, in which you describe the content and purpose of your session (this does not have to be in detail yet). Rough ideas for sessions are also welcome! We will then develop the session together. Please note: if we receive too many contributions we will need to make a selection. 

15 April 2021

Education innovation think tank started: students contribute ideas to education projects

How do you involve students in education and educational innovation? Including the perspective of students in the design and innovation of education is very important. After all, education is for the student.  That's why Educate-it has developed a student think tank: a training programme in which students can give input on educational innovation projects that are currently being carried out within the UU. In return, they can gain new knowledge and skills. On April 14, the Education Innovation Think Tank started for the second time, this year with 13 participating students. Over a period of three months (from April to June 2021), four sessions will delve into various educational projects currently underway within the university, such as Learning analytics, Distance Education, Flexibilization of Education and Student Mobility, and Supporting Teachers in Innovating Education. The students think about the education of the future and the further development of the projects. During the sessions, students are first provided with the background and context of a project. This then allows them to provide targeted and valuable input on the project. The project leader incorporates this input into the project plan so that the student perspective really gets a place in the project discussed. The motivation of the participating students, who voluntarily take part in this training program, ranges from thinking about how education can be kept fun and accessible for both current and future students to learning how you get from idea to implementation. Collaborating across educational and faculty boundaries and actively contributing to promoting and safeguarding the quality of academic education are also considered important.