29 November 2016

How do I make a good knowledge clip? Take the e-module

How do I make a good knowledge clip? What’s important to know when you get started with knowledge clips? How and where can Utrecht University support you in creating your own knowledge clips? These and other questions are answered in the e-module about knowledge clips, which is now online available to all UU staff. Knowledge clips are short video presentations that explain a single specific subject. They are one of a number of blended learning tools you can incorporate into your teaching practice. You can create your own knowledge clips or download existing clips from the internet. These modules cover all the do’s and don’ts of creating knowledge clips and using them in your teaching. The module also discusses how you should present yourself in front of the camera and what makes a good story. This module is available, free of charge, on the Educate-it site for all teachers and teaching assistants who make knowledge clips.  

13 November 2016

Learn to perform digital assessments with Remindo

Are you planning to start performing digital assessments? Are you interested in learning about Remindo and the many advantages of digital assessment? Come and take part in our workshop! You’ll familiarise yourself with the Remindo assessment software and experiment with writing questions and assembling and grading exams. Bring a few sample questions along! It doesn’t matter whether they’re open questions or multiple choice. If you do bring a multiple choice question, you’ll be able to browse through the available question types to find the best fit. Play around with using images and learn how to put together a hot-spot question or graphical connection question. After this workshop, you’ll be ready to start using Remindo! You can register on this page.

1 November 2016

Use of Educate-it tools in education on the rise

At the request of teachers, Educate-it offers a selection of online tools for educational innovation. An increasing number of teachers has started experimenting with these tools and is using them to innovate their teaching and incorporate Blended Learning. That’s why Educate-it recently extended the licences on the tools listed below, ensuring they will be available to teachers throughout the coming academic year. This year, Educate-it will continue to conduct research into the use of these tools and into the experiences of the teachers and students who use them. Does the use of these tools truly add value to blended education? Only the tools that do have their licences extended.   More interaction before and during lectures and seminars with PresentersWall Voting tool PresentersWall was once again widely used throughout this past academic year by both teachers (500) and students (125) to create more interaction during face-to-face teaching time. And the number of users is still climbing. PresentersWall was evaluated last year with a survey among students in a number of courses. The evaluation revealed that students found PresentersWall to be engaging, fun and meaningful. It helped them work on the subject matter more actively and to better understand their lectures. If you’re curious about what possible, why not visit Educate-it PresentersWall?   Scalable Learning Using Scalable Learning, you can enrich your knowledge clips with questions, assignments and (peer) feedback. In their evaluation of the tool, teachers described it as very user-friendly and announced their intention to make even more use of the tool in their teaching. One of the findings from the teacher focus group was that teachers noticed their students were coming to class with a better understanding of the subject matter so that time in the classroom could be used for more in-depth treatment of the subject matter. Teachers were also pleased to find that they could tell which parts of the subject matter their students were struggling with, which empowered them to use classroom time to address those specific issues. If you’re curious about the possibilities of Scalable Learning, visit Educate-it Scalable Learning.   Practicing communication skills with TrainTool TrainTool is currently being used to train interview techniques, presentation skills and communication skills in a variety of scenarios. There’s a TrainTool app as well now, so students can use their mobile devices to practice their skills online. An evaluation among teachers showed that those of them that used this tool in their teaching practice saw clear added value to the teaching process and were pleased with how user-friendly the tool is and with the quality of support from Educate-it. Students were asked how competent they felt at interview techniques before and after using TrainTool. Before the course, students felt barely to averagely competent at the various aspects of conducting interviews, such as deep questioning, phrasing questions, summarising, listening and showing empathy. After using TrainTool, they feel significantly more competent, feel more confident about their interviewing skills and appreciate the importance of interviewing. If this tool intrigues you, visit Educate-it TrainTool to learn more.   Creating E-modules with Xerte Ten teachers at UU currently use Xerte to create e-modules. One of those teachers is Gert Folkers, a teacher at Chemistry: ‘Xerte is a development tool where you can create slides containing text, video, images and/or questions with just a few keystrokes. An e-module is a bunch of those slides combined and is easy to offer to students. I would definitely recommend Xerte to my colleagues! It’s easy to use and easy to incorporate into your teaching.’ If you’re interested in the possibilities, visit Educate-it Xerte.   Do you have any questions about innovating your education? Would you like support in doing so? Contact Educate-it or come visit us at the Educate-it desk in the University Library de Uithof, a place for teachers and students to turn with all of their questions about blended learning, online tools or anything else involving Educate-it.

31 October 2016

Blending your teaching practice

Are you considering blending your teaching practice? Come get inspired at our workshop! You will get started on (re)designing your course right there in the workshop. You’ll learn how blended learning reinforces the Utrecht model of education. You’ll decide which parts of your teaching practice would benefit most from blended learning and sample all of the IT tools available to you as a teacher at UU. Afterwards, you’ll come away with a plan to (re)design your teaching and you’ll know which IT tool (or tools) you want to explore further. Register here

11 October 2016

“Voting tools activate our students” – Utz Weitzel

6 June 2016

Educate-it organises large-scale teacher survey on educational innovation

Starting June 6th, all UU teachers will be asked to evaluate Educate-it, the educational innovation programme. Even teachers who’ve never heard of the programme will be asked to complete the online survey. This will help Educate-it to better meet teachers’ needs in future.   What is Educate-it? The University-wide Educate-it programme, running from 2014 through 2017, supports teachers as they adapt their teaching to the education of the future. Educate-it helps teachers innovate and blend their teaching practices. Many IT tools are available that can engage students and overcome obstacles to good teaching. Interim evaluation Because Educate-it values teachers’ experiences and hopes to optimise its activities based on those experiences, programme manager Jan Haarhuis is investing heavily in interim evaluations. He has invited advisors from both USG Consultancy and O&T to develop a survey which will catalogue how teachers regard educational innovation in general and the Educate-it programme in particular. Input from teachers will be used to improve the programme’s teacher development activities, to decide which tools will continue to be supported, and to explore what more Educate-it can do to support teachers as they implement IT in their teaching. Invitation lost in the mail? If you haven’t received an email containing a link to the survey (yet), please go to the newsitem on intranet. Completing the survey will take about 10 minutes. To learn more about the survey, contact Sebastiaan Steenman of USG Consultancy ( or Renske de Kleijn of O&T ( To learn more about how Educate-it can help you enhance your teaching, contact Educate-it.