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: 

29 January 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! The MOOCs will start on February 10, 2021. Sign up for free now! Next to these two MOOCs you can register for one of the five other MOOCs of Utrecht University.

18 December 2020

Sign up for the Strengthen-Your-Education-Week (online): 1 February - 5 February 2021

It's time for another edition of the Strengthen-Your-Education-Week! The programme is finalised and offers UU teachers a wide range of online sessions develop and strengthen their education: there are webinars, inspiration sessions with students and teachers and workshops. The Strengthen-Your-Education-Week is organised by the partners in the Centre for Academic Teaching. Are you looking for ways to develop and strengthen your education? Are you struggling with online and distance learning issues and would you like advice from experts, fellow teachers and students? Then sign up for one or more sessions in the Strengthen-Your-Education-Week from January 1st until February 4th 2022! Click here for the programme and sign up:

18 December 2020

Adjusted opening times Teaching Support

During the Christmas holidays the opening hours of Teaching support have been adjusted: - Until December 23rd: regular opening hours - December 24th till January 1st: counter closed - 4 January to 8 January: open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info: go to