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19 July 2019

Open and Online Education 2020 call for proposals opened

A new call for proposals for the Open and Online Education stimulus package has been opened. Open and online education provides opportunities to innovate teaching, improve the quality of education and boost academic outcomes. That is why the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (ECS) is making funding available both for experiments with online education and for initiatives using open course materials. The submission deadline for your project proposal is 16 December 2019. Format: 2 tracks The current Open and Online Education stimulus package consist of two tracks: online education and open course materials. SURF is in charge of supervising the projects and sharing knowledge with the entirety of higher education. Online education track: ‘Interaction and feedback’ Within this track, grants are available for either redesigning current educational offerings or developing new online education. A theme has been introduced to focus the projects and to encourage the collaborative development of knowledge. The theme for this year’s proposals is the online guidance of students in online education. A maximum of 700,000 euros in grant money will be available in this round. Each project can apply for a grant of no more than 100,000 euros. There is no lower limit; Small projects are welcome. The project must at least match the amount in its grant application with resources of its own. Projects should run for between 12 and 24 months. Submitted projects must start between 1 May and 1 September 2020. Open course material track Within this track, grants are available for experimentation with reusing existing and open course materials within communities of teachers. This will stimulate teacher collaboration across institutional borders to create and (re)use high-quality collections of open course materials. By working together, they can increase the quality of these materials and make more efficient use of their time. A maximum of 700,000 euros in grant money will be available in this round. Each project can apply for a grant no greater than 175,000 euros. To ensure that the project results will be broadly applicable, each application must be submitted by no fewer than 2 different institutions of higher learning. The project must at least match the amount in its grant application with means of its own. Projects should run for between 12 and 24 months. Project submitters can choose a start date anywhere between 1 May and 1 September 2020. Information and submitting a proposal If you are interested in submitting a proposal, it is important that you follow UU’s internal procedure (see appendix) to get support and the signed letter of the Executive Board. Please inform Educate-it (Educate-it@uu.nl) when you intend to submit your proposal. Educate-it can also assist with drafting your proposal if you wish. You can find more information about this stimulus package on the SURF website. Those applying for a grant will be personally responsible for submitting their proposal including all the relevant documentation (signed letter from the Executive Board, any additional letters of intent, budget) through www.dus-i.nl. Additional information about submitting a project proposal, the procedures and the assessment criteria about the Open and Online Education stimulus package can be found the SURF-website. Information Online Education Track 2020 Information Open Course Materials Track 2020  You can also find links to previously approved projects (in Dutch).

19 July 2019

September 2019 is (Peer) feedback month

Feedback is an important part of the educational process. It shows students where they are in the learning process and what they need to improve. For that reason Educate-it organises this September the (peer) feedback month. Do you as a teacher want to get started with assessing written assignments? Do you want your students to offer each other well-structured feedback on assignments? Or an online environment in which students can place pitches? Teachers interested in learning about (peer) feedback and the best ways to use them in education will be invited to take part in various workshops, online trainings and IT tools. A comprehensive list of our offerings can be found on the Educate-it (Peer) feedback month page. Good feedback bridges the gap between the student’s current level of ability and the level they need to achieve. For feedback to be effective, it must be aligned with the course’s learning objectives and it must motivate students to strive for the ability level that is expected of them. With peer feedback, students receive most of their feedback from their classmates. Are you interested in knowledge clips but too busy right now to take part in any of our activities? There will be another Month of the (Peer) feedback in February 2020. 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 Skills.

17 June 2019

Sign up for the Educate-it Summer Course

Do you already have ideas about how to design your courses in next academic year? Start the summer in a good, fun, and useful way with your colleagues and strengthen your teaching through the Educate-it Summer Course. The summer course is one of the activities within the Strenghen-your-education-week. Twice a year Educate-it provides a Summer or Winter Course. PROGRAMME The first part is all about inspiration: explore the possibilities of blended learning through concrete examples and experiences of fellow teachers. The second part is a customized programme. You will explore the tools and discover how to make use of them. Curious about the experiences of other teachers who have already participated? In evaluations they say: "Good that the first day gives you ideas that you can try out on the second day". And: “Many practical examples. Inspiring ”. Or watch this video. Sign up NOW! Sign up!

11 June 2019

Program online: come to the strengthen-your-education-week

On 1 July, the strengthen-your-education-week will start with a diverse and wide range of activities aimed at improving and innovating your education. The programme is now online with numerous workshops, lunch meetings and tailor-made advice, organised by the partners of the Centre for Academic Teaching. The programme is of interest to all UU teachers, whether you give a few lectures, supervise one thesis a year or coordinate multiple courses. What are you going to choose: a round table discussion on formative assessment, a network walk, a teacher lunch or the entire Educate-it Summercourse on blended learning? And how about a professional consultation with an educational expert? These activities are spread over different university sites. Take a look and register for one or more of the 46 activities!

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.