23 October 2020

Time to sign up for the open online courses (MOOCs) at Utrecht University!

Dive in the paradoxical world of the world’s food problem and the interrelated themes of food shortage and healthy choices. Or learn more about child development from an interdisciplinary approach. Sign up for the upcoming sessions of the MOOCs Unravelling solutions for Future Food problems and Understanding child development: from synapse to society at Utrecht University! The MOOCs will start on November 2th.  Sign up for free now! Next to these two MOOCs you can register for one of the five other MOOCs of Utrecht University.

23 October 2020

Webinars and Q&A's for lecturers

In the coming months, the Centre for Academic Teaching and partners will again organise several webinars and online Q&A's for lecturers. This offer is in line with the demand from lecturers. Among other things, there will be webinars on online assessment, interaction with students and the use of MS Teams. Missed a webinar/Q&A? You can check this pageto view them back. If you are unable to attend this session, we may be able to provide you with individual advice or support. Please contact Teaching Support for this. You can find all tips and sessions on remote teaching here. Information on the UU website Contact teaching support 2 november - Lunchbite: THERMOS project Datum en tijd: maandag 2 november, 12.45-13.15 uur Voertaal: NL/EN Meld je aan! Online via MS Teams This month in the lunchbite: Marieke van der Schaaf and Lars de Vreugd will present the learning analytics dashboard which they developed to help students with study behavior and study progress. In these strange times of online education it can be difficult to create a learning environment that provides students with optimum support. The THERMOS-project aims to contribute to creating such an environment, by providing students at UU with insight and actionable feedback on their study behavior and progress. Students fill out a questionnaire within a learning analytics dashboard, about motivation, engagement and groupwork skills. By providing a visual representation of their self-assessment scores, students gain insight in which aspects of study behavior are strong and which could improve. If a student wants to improve or work on an aspect, follow-up activities are provided within the dashboard to do so. This academic year a pilot will be run within several study programs (e.g. Educational sciences, Biomedical sciences and Information sciences).  Do you want to hear more about this subject or do you have ideas about the teacher role in study behavior of the students? Please join Marieke and Lars in this webinar! 3 november - Q&A MS Teams: how do you deploy MS Teams for your teaching? Date and time: Tuesday 3 november, 10.00 - 11.00 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here! Online via MS Teams Lecturers are supported with the design and implementation of online education. In this session we will answer your questions about MS Teams. Do you need practical and didactical tips regarding Teams, or are you curious about experiences of colleagues? This session takes the form of a question hour and takes place on 3 November. MS Teams expert Lana Hoekstra(Educate-it) and an educational advisor (Educational Consultancy & Professional Development) will be present to answer questions about Teams. These can be technical questions (how do I break out in break-out rooms) or more didactic questions (how do I stimulate interaction in a working group in MS Teams). 5 november - Webinar: Giving feedback to students and organising peer feedback Date and time: Thursday 5 november, 10.00 - 11.30 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here! Online via MS Teams  Lecturers can get support with designing and implementing online education. This session will focus on giving your students feedback and organising student peer  feedback. What are ways to do this online or in a hybrid education situation? In this webinar, you will design a (peer) feedback process that fits your own educational situation. You will learn how to apply (digital) feedback effectively and how to use it to optimise the learning process of students. In other words, it is all about using (peer) feedback to achieve your own educational goals. In addition, attention is paid to the practical and technical side and digital (peer) feedback tools supported by Educate-it are explained. This webinar is provided by educational advisors Nanette Verhulsand Annet van der Riet. 10 november - Webinar: Remote testing Date and time: Tuesday 10 November, 13.30 - 14.00 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here!  Online via MS Teams  Remote testing: how do you do it? What possibilities are there? Educational advisors and experts from Educational Consultancy & Professional Development (O&T) and Educate-it are ready to provide you with didactic and practical information and answer your questions. Any questions that cannot be answered directly, we will take them with us and sort them out for you. 12 november - How do you provide an efficient online seminar? Date and time: Thursday 12 November, 11.00 - 12.30 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here!  Online via MS Teams  During this webinar we will discuss various elements with which you can make an online seminar run smoothly. How do you organise a good introduction, how do you stimulate interaction with your students and what kind of working methods are suitable for an online session? In this webinar you will work with interactive assignments and you will be given the tools to create an efficient online seminar. 12 november - Webinar: Letting students create knowledge clips as a test Date and time: Thursday 12 November, 15.30 - 17.00 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here! Online via MS Teams Lecturers are supported with the design and implementation of online education. This session focuses on one way to increase the interaction with and involvement of students, namely  student generated knowledge clips. In this webinar two courses are highlighted in which the written test has been replaced by knowledge clips. In addition, do's and don'ts are discussed and attention is paid to the assessment of these knowledge clips. This webinar is provided by educational advisor Elma Zijderveld. 19 november - Workshop Effective digital testing Date and time: Thursday 19 November, 11.00 - 12.45 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here! Registration is possible until the Monday prior to the workshop. In this workshop you will be given a number of rules of thumb that a good MC test and open-ended test must meet. In an exercise we will look critically at the quality of your own test questions, so that you can improve them and develop good questions. In addition, you will learn how to put your own test questions in Remindo and how to build up a test. We will also show you how you can reuse questions in other tests. In this way you can build up an itembank from which you can benefit for years to come. In the workshop you will work with your own questions. Bring your own test (or test to practice) to the workshop!  3 december - Workshop: Test analysis in Remindo Date and time: Thursday 3 December, 11.00 - 12.45 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here!  Do you want to know how to analyse a test in Remindo? What should you do if your test has been made badly, or if many students have made a question right or wrong? Does the test differentiate between good and less good students? How do you interpret the psychometric values (P, Cronbachs Alfa, Rit, Rir, Rat, Rar)? In this workshop we will deal with these questions. Afterwards you can: Interpret a test analysis in Remindo Identify any problems with the test on the basis of the analysis Recognize and improve bad questions for next time Identify the pros and cons of: Deleting questions afterwards Adjusting the answer key adjusting the caesura This workshop will be given by Mirne Cammen, Matthias van Veen and Ruben van Riel. 10 december - Get more out of digital testing: multimedia and other question types Date and time: Thursday 3 December, 11.00 - 12.45 uur Working language: NL/EN Register here! In this workshop you will become acquainted with the possibilities that Remindo offers to test with innovative question forms and multimedia. On the basis of examples, we will discuss the ins and outs of the different types of questions that Remindo offers. Afterwards, you will be able to make a well-considered choice for multimedia and innovative question types in Remindo. Registration is possible until the Monday prior to the workshop.

7 October 2020

Website Future Learning Spaces Live

The website about Future Learning Spaces is now live!  Ever heard of an Active learning classroom or a Collaborative classroom? Would you like more information about the influence of the physical learning space on learning? Are you curious about what learning spaces are and which ones you can use within the UU? As of today you can follow information and current developments regarding learning spaces on the new website. From the beginning of 2019, the Future learning spaces project team at the UU is looking into the question of what the physical learning environment of the future will look like. In addition to brainstorming together about future visions and following developments in the field of education, the project group has realized experimental learning spaces that support the Utrecht educational vision. At the Bolognalaan, for example, the Active Learning classroom was set up where teachers can experiment with interactive, student-centered learning. The project team also researches and evaluates experiences gained by teachers in other experimental classrooms, such as those in the Teaching & Learning lab or the Virtual Classroom.    With this new website we want to take people from both inside and outside the University with us on our journey to the realization of a learning environment that suits the character of the university and the demands of our time. Are you interested, do you have ideas about the physical education of the future and would you like to think along with us? Then join the SIG Learning spaces  or send an email to Read more on: and

5 July 2020

New: support for UU teachers via Teaching Support

In the recent period, all teachers had to start rearranging their teaching: teaching remotely became the norm. Teachers have quickly set to work on this in order to continue teaching as well as possible. The CvB has repeatedly expressed its appreciation for this tremendous achievement and students were also happy that 'normal' education was given after all. And although education on location will fortunately become possible again more often, it seems that for the time being, remote teaching education will remain very important.  Questions about education  How do you get more interaction with your students online? Which tools can you use? How do you reach your educational goals? And what possibilities are there to test online? The partners in the Centre for Academic Teaching, including Educate-it, Educational Consultancy & Professional Development (O&T) and TAUU, organised webinars and Q&A's to answer these kinds of questions. A teachers' survey showed that teachers could no longer see the wood for the trees: which party can you turn to for which question?That is why it was decided to organise Teaching Support, a helpdesk in which the partners in the Centre for Academic Teaching pool their services and expertise.  All teachers can come here with all their questions. Not just for the present time, but as a new, permanent service.   How do you reach Teaching Support?  Teaching Support will be available from 6 July via or 030-2532197. Teaching Support can be reached from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 to 17.00 hours. You are assisted by a teacher assistant who can help you directly or who knows exactly who can help you with your question. You will then be referred immediately.   An overview of all contact details will become available as a PDF shortly.

20 May 2020

Strengthen-your-education-week online. Block 29 June until 3 July in your diary!

After two successful previous editions, the Strengthen-your-education-week returns this summer. Are you in need of some inspiration and time to strengthen your education? Block 29 June until 3 July in your agenda. Due to the coronavirus regulations, the Strengthen-your-education-week will be held online. In consultation with the faculties this edition will be a ‘light’ version, with 2 or 3 activities per day. Programme Partners of the Centre for Academic Teaching, including Educate-it, Educational Consultancy & Professional Development, the Teaching & Learning Lab and teacher community TAUU will join forces to offer an interesting programme, which will inspire you and help you to develop and strengthen your own teaching. Join to work specifically on your education or simply learn more about good practices! The following topics will be included in the programme: Sustainable education Good practices from periods 3 and 4 Preparatory activities for period 1 2020-2021 The programme is relevant for all UU teachers, including those who have participated in the Strengthen-your-education-week in the past. Participants of the winter-edition were enthusiastic: “Even though I've attended a similar workshop before, it was very nice. The time-span was adequate (in 2 hours you can actually achieve something), the workshop leaders were motivated and really tried to make us think about integrating these ideas into our own teaching”. Stay informed All teachers at Utrecht University are welcome and participation is free! Would you like to stay informed on the programme and receive an email when registration is open? Let us know on this form! Keep me posted!

19 May 2020

Sign up for the new online module ‘Online education: context and design’!

Would you like to know more about what online education is, how to design online education and what it can bring you – also after this period of the corona crisis? Then sign up for this free online course that not only covers the design of online education, but also the theoretical and didactic context of online education and its added value. This training is about what online education is and how you can design your own online education. Based on a number of steps, you will learn how to develop online education. Online education and online teaching are very different from the usual on-campus teaching. For this reason, this training course also specifically addresses online didactics and points for attention when teaching online. The training covers various applications of online education, with more extensive attention being paid to one application: Virtual Exchange. This is an application that allows you to open up your online course for students from partner universities. The UU intends to further develop and deploy this application in the coming years, in collaboration with a number of European universities. The online module takes about 3 hours to finish. If you choose to take the assignments in the course, another 45 minutes will be added. You will be guided by advisors from Educate-it. Sign up here and start right away!