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18 April 2019

Save the date: Strengthen-your-education-week 1 to 5 July 2019

Do you want to end the academic year in an inspiring way? Come to the strengthen-your-education-week to enrich, simplify or deepen your education. There is also plenty of room for relaxing and entertainment. The week starts on 1 July with a diverse offer aimed at improving and innovating your education: numerous workshops, lunch meetings and tailor-made advice organized by the partners of the Centre for Academic Teaching. Educate-it, Educational Consultancy & Professional Development, the Teaching & Learning Lab and the teachers community TAUU together provide a diverse range of courses at different locations of our university. Work on your education in a very concrete way or come for inspiration! Break out of the Escape Room with your colleagues, receive help with improving tests, meet other teachers or relax during one of the lunches or massages. The program takes place at various locations in the city center, the UCU campus, the Utrecht Science Park and online. All teachers from Utrecht University are welcome! Make a note of week no. 27 (1 to 5 July) 2019 in your diary! Would you like to be notified as soon as the program is known? Or do you have ideas for a subject for a workshop or discussion session? Let us know via this form.

11 April 2019

Sharing, following and signing up for projects on KonJoin

Do you want one platform to provide your students with insight in all thesis possibilities? Do you want to see what the current (research) projects are outside of your own discipline? Or do you want to find motivated students who want to help you review your educational design? KonJoin is a platform on which teachers, researchers and students can share projects. With a SolisID you can view all shared projects, follow the ones your interested in, but also sign up to contribute to a project. This way, the ‘demand and supply’ of (research) projects are brought together and a university wide overview is created of all projects. You can apply filters to search for specific faculties or types of projects – for example bachelor-, master- or co-creation projects. For students it is clear which projects are currently active, to which projects they can contribute and in what way. If you’re interested in, or want more information about KonJoin, feel free to take a look at the Educate-it toolguide, the platform itself, or contact Educate-it via educate-itbalie@uu.nl.

9 April 2019

May is Engaging education month

To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. May is the month of the engaging education.  Research* reveals that when a teaching method increases how involved a student is (meaning the student is more ‘engaged’ in constructing knowledge), students achieve better academic outcomes. As a teacher, would you like your students to come to class well-prepared? Would like to see more interaction in your classroom? Would you like to connect to your students? Do you get the sense your message might not be coming across? Educate-it offers teachers a broad range of IT tools for their various learning objectives. These tools have already proven their value in education and Educate-it is happy to instruct and support anyone who wants to start using them. In Engaging Education, students actively engage with the subject matter, doing things like connecting what they’re learning to what they already know, actively and deliberately practicing certain skills and applying their knowledge to problem-solving exercises. Engaged students tend to process subject matter better and are better equipped to engage in deep learning during classroom hours. Engaging exercises that make sense in the context of your course keep your students involved and invested. Teachers interested in learning about engaging education and the best ways to use it 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 engaging education 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. Next month, our theme will be Knowledge clips. 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. *) Many studies into the effectiveness of engaging education have been performed and included in large meta-analyses and reviews. In general, these studies show that teaching methods that actively engage students with their own learning process lead to better academic outcomes. It is important to remember, however, that engaging teaching methods vary greatly, and so might the academic outcomes they lead to.  (Chi & Wylie, 2014; Freeman et al.,2014).

25 March 2019

Make you statistic education more activating with Grasple

With the tool Grasple a teacher can easily make a (statistics) e-module. The tool contains a large database of modules and exercises regarding subjects of statistics. A teacher can also create their own modules and exercises. Students are able to practice independently with the subjects – for example as preparation for face-to-face education. The existing modules are activatively designed, so students are stimulated to complete the exercises. This makes it possible for face-to-face education to elapse more efficiently and makes sure that there remains more time in class to focus on the more difficult subjects. It is always possible to ask Educate-it for support or commentation if you are interested. Contact us at fbinnovatietools@uu.nl. Grasple-day Are you interested in the possibilities of Grasple? There is a Grasple-day on the 4th of April in our Teaching and Learning Lab (Buys Ballotgebouw, room 3.19). Teachers of several universities will explicate how they have used Grasple in their education. It starts at 13.30 and ends at 17.00 with drinks. You can sign-up through this link. For more information you can contact us through fbinnovatietools@uu.nl. For more information on Grasple check out the Educate-it site or www.grasple.com Or read this article on how Grasple is used within the UU.  “To me, Grasple means user friendliness, overview and fun - because of the interaction!” – Charlotte Rietbergen - Assistant Professor at Utrecht University “I’ll be honest, we were skeptical at first. But a year later, Grasple showed us exactly what we were looking for: the ability to create and reuse materials and adapt them to match our educational vision.” – Kirsten Namesnik - Instructor/Lecturer at Utrecht University “I really like working with Grasple! I like that I can practice and immediately see how I am doing. Too bad we don’t use this in my other courses.” – Student at Utrecht University  

14 March 2019

New infographics showing Educate-it results for February 2019

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.

12 March 2019

April is Skills month

To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. April 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? 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.