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30 November 2018

December is Skills month

To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. December is the month of the Skills. Many academic programmes incorporate communication, academic or lab skills, teaching things like delivering bad news, performing captivating presentations or experimenting on precious materials. For students, practicing these skills is an important part of the programme and vital preparation for their careers. Teachers can use online tools to help their students practice. Educate-it helps those teachers. With these tools, students can practice their skills digitally in a secure and familiar environment, as often as they want or need. Students receive the feedback they need to develop their skills from the tool itself or digitally from their teachers and peers. This provides students an important opportunity to practice their skills before they have to use them in their classes or careers. Teachers interested in learning about skills and the best ways to use them in education will be invited to take part in various workshops and IT tools. A comprehensive list of our offerings can be found on the Educate-it theme page. Are you interested in skills but too busy right now to take part in any of our activities? There will be another Month of the skills in April 2019. 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 Engaging education. 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.

12 November 2018

Sign up for the Winter course 2019!

Do you already have ideas about how to design your courses in next academic year? Start the winter in a good, fun, and useful way with your colleagues and strengthen your teaching through the Educate-it Winter course. Programme The first day on January 29 is all about inspiration: get to know the possibilities of blended learning through concrete examples and experiences of fellow teachers. The second day on January 31 is tailored to your preferences. You will explore the tools further and learn how to use them. SIGN-UP For more information click here

7 November 2018

Sticky Campus @Utrecht University

From November 12th till November 28th: Sticky Campus @Utrecht University Meet the Sticky Campus! It's a mobile room for education in which online cooperation is central. The Educate-it project Future Learning Spaces invited the Sticky Campus for 3 weeks at the campus of Utrecht University. You can just walk in, or join the programme by attending one of the workshops! Location: Victor J. Koningsbergergebouw Room 2.24 For more information please send an e-mail to Jasper van Winden (A more extensive overview is given on our Dutch page)

1 November 2018

November is (Peer) feedback month

  To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. November is the month of the (Peer) feedback. 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. 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. 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 theme page. 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 March 2019. 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. 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.

30 October 2018

New infographic of Educate-it results

The number of teachers enhancing their teaching with digital tools and blended design has seen another steep increase this past academic year. Nearly 900 teachers used digital tools to make their teaching more engaging and over 850 teachers performed digital assessments. With an average of 3.3 on a 5-point scale, students indicate that they learn more in their courses because of these developments. That’s the result of 3,100 student surveys from 68 courses that used a total of 13 different digital education tools. The number of digital assessments has gone up from 726 last year to 1,162 this year, an increase that is reflected across all the faculties. This brings the percentage of digital assessments up from 31% to over 45%. The number of recorded knowledge clips has increased slightly to 1,100. Besides those fresh recordings, a further 1,900 knowledge clips from previous years were reused, bringing the total number of knowledge clips used in teaching to 3,000. Once recorded, knowledge clips can be reused multiple times, often yielding an impressive return on time invested. These and other Educate-it results are all arranged in this infographic. A selection of those results expressed in numbers: Across 14 editions of the summer and winter course, over 250 teachers have voluntarily started blending their teaching. A further 526 participants in 65 workshops have been introduced to specific IT tools they can use to enrich their teaching. Recorded knowledge clips and lectures were viewed a total of 850,000 times over the past academic year. Educate-it produced 104 animations and promotional videos, which were watched a total of 35,212 times. Educate-it involves students in its activities through various forums to ensure that educational changes align with students and their needs. For instance, 7 students worked in 2 groups to develop their own courses and there was a co-creation course where students worked with their teachers to improve the quality of their education. A number of faculties experimented with educational innovations like digital microscopy, serious gaming, augmented reality and VR. Educate-it also contributed significantly to the development of an escape room in which teachers were playfully introduced to educational tools.

2 October 2018

October is knowledge clip month

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. October’s theme: knowledge clips To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. October is the month of the knowledge clip. Teachers interested in learning about recording 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. A knowledge clip is a short, 5 to 10-minute video explaining a single, specific subject. In preparation for their classroom interactions, students view the knowledge clip online and complete any linked or embedded assignments. This ensures that they arrive at their next lecture, tutorial or practical well prepared. This in turn frees up classroom time for more in-depth exploration of the subject matter. 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 Knowledge Clip in February 2019. 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 Feedback.