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   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.

11 March 2021

Until 1 July, temporary extra support for lecturers

Until 1 July 2021, temporary extra student assistants are available to provide support to lecturers in giving and setting up education, setting up tooling, as moderators for the chat, making a knowledge clip in the DIY studio and other basic tasks.  Can you use extra support when giving or preparing your education? An assistant who keeps an eye on the chat when you are teaching? Or an online tool that you can use directly in your online/hybrid/blended education? We have recruited and trained student assistants for these and similar basic tasks. They are available immediately. Interested? Then apply now by filling in the attached form. We will then contact you quickly to see how we can best help you. The support is coordinated by Teaching Support. Corona jobs subsidy scheme The temporary support was made possible by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science's Corona Jobs subsidy scheme, which made money available to higher education to offset the high workload in the corona era. The sudden transition to online education has been extremely difficult for lecturers. To support them and ease their workload, the Centre for Academic Teaching and its partners are using this temporary financial support to make student assistants available who can provide practical support for lecturers in giving and preparing (online) education, setting up tooling, moderating chats and creating knowledge clips in the DIY studio for example. Thus, a specific student assistant is not recruited for every teacher request.  Support via Teaching Support Do you want to redesign your teaching or do you have another didactic question? CAT and its partners will also support you. Mail your question to Teaching Support.

5 February 2021


Utrecht University offers several MOOCs: Massive Online Open Courses. These allow you to explore scientific subjects from the comfort of your own home. As the name implies, these courses are free and open to everyone. On 10 February Utrecht University launches a new MOOC: The Exposome - cracking the science about what makes us sick. Exposome research requires transdisciplinary approaches. Therefore, this MOOC will be of interest to current and prospective students and researchers in the fields of public health, environmental health, life sciences, clinical medicine, geosciences, humanities, and social and behavioural sciences. Join us and sign up!  The exposome: a wild ideaWhat are the causes of disease? We know that most diseases result from a combination of genes and environment (nature and nurture). Our genes alone do not determine our fate. For most complex diseases, externalities - environmental factors in the broad sense - are more important. This includes our living and working environments, diet, social support and stress, pollution, and exposure to infectious agents. Exposome research is about discovering the non-genetic drivers of health and disease. Derived from the term exposure, the Exposome represents the totality of exposures we face throughout our lifetime. It also represents the biological responses that arise from external exposures. Join our experts in this 6-week courseIn this MOOC researchers from Utrecht University and/or the NWO Gravitation programme Exposome-NL will offer their expertise. Amongst others Roel Vermeulen, Virissa Lenters and Daniel Oberski will introduce you to the exposome concept; why it’s important; how we measure the exposome; and the data sciences steps needed to establish associations with health outcomes. This course will conclude with reflections on what is needed to advance this nascent and transformative field of research. Each course week contains at least one lecture or interview video, some reading, a discussion assignment and a short quiz to test your own knowledge. In the last course week you will make a final assignment where you apply all the knowledge you’ve obtained in this course. Also, you will provide at least one of your fellow learners with feedback on their assignment. Can’t wait to get started? You might want to check out this story before the MOOC starts: