Parallel programme interactive presentations and workshops - Round 2

2.1 Let's rethink online teaching!

Jaro Pichel Jaro Pichel and Marijke Leijdekkers, Learn! AcademyMarijke Leijdekkers

Tired of online education? It doesn't work, right? How often do we hear this response? Yet there are also colleagues where everything runs smoothly. How is that possible? Is it a matter of the right computer skills or is there more to it? Together with the participants, we will investigate how our ‘teacher beliefs’ influence our relationship and experience with online education. Participants will identify their beliefs about online education and learn how to turn them into more ‘constructive’ and ‘optimistic’ beliefs.
Main language: English. Number of participants: max. 40

2.2 Mixed Classroom in Practice in an Online Setting

Amrita DasAmrita Das, Learn! Academy

Teachers have succeeded in offering their education online overnight. One of the challenges now is: how do you make online education inclusive and participatory? How do you connect students and their different perspectives and experiences? During this interactive workshop Amrita Das will discuss the translation of the Mixed Classroom Educational Model into the online classroom. The three phases of the Model – Sensitizing, Engaging, and Optimizing will be rendered into online options. These possibilities support teachers in creating an inclusive learning climate, facilitating academic development, and stimulating interaction in a virtual environment. Along with presenting the Mixed Classroom in Practice educational framework in an online setting, the workshop will also include teachers sharing their best practices so far and the possibilities they see going forward. What do we keep from this experience if we return to the way classrooms once were.
Main language: English. Number of participants: 25

2.3 Unlocking innovation during lockdown: teaching formats and technologies to facilitate hybrid/online teaching

Sophia de JongSophia de Jong, Mathematics and Maikel Wijtmans, farmacochemie, Faculty of Science Maikel Wijtmans

The Covid19 crisis provides an opportunity to explore new online/hybrid teaching formats and novel technologies, the use of which may extend beyond the crisis. The benefits and pitfalls of such approaches as encountered in two courses from the Bèta faculty will be presented. The first example concerns the use of the iPad in lectures and tutorial classes of a first-year bachelor course in mathematics. Teachers in exact sciences who used to teach on blackboards now teach online using note-taking apps on iPads. But can the iPad replace the blackboard? The second example involves a hybrid flipped classroom format utilized in a small-scale master course in synthetic medicinal chemistry. The main aim here was to maintain intensive interaction with students that were participating on-campus and online simultaneously. All basic knowledge was offered as self-study videos, while in the hybrid meetings (on-campus/online) problems, scientific articles, research examples and questions about the videos were discussed. Next to an iPad, Zoom was used for the interaction including the use of the Remote Control option to facilitate interaction in shared documents. There will be ample room for questions on the two cases.
Main language: English. Number of participants: unlimited

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2.4 Community Service Learning in an online setting

AFB Marjolein ZweekhorstMarjolein Zweekhorst, Faculty of Science and CSL

In Community Service Learning (CSL) students apply academic knowledge and skills to address societal challenges, in collaboration with societal partners. A growing number of teaching staff at VU is applying Community Service Learning (CSL) activities in their courses. During the past few months various staff -both from within and outside VU- developed blended or online formats of community engaged education. The online version of community engaged education shows promising effects, such as increased student involvement and motivation, efficiency, and reciprocity. Lessons learned from these experiences are important for the future. During this workshop lecturers both from VU as well as from abroad will present examples and reflect on what works well in an online environment. We will discuss various challenges and advantages we faced in blended or online CSL activities. During a discussion with the audience we will explore the opportunities for CSL activities for the period ahead.
Main language: English. Number of participants: unlimited

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2.5 The student in charge

Chris van KlaverenChris van Klaveren, Ilja Cornelisz, Amsterdam Centre for Learning Analytics Ilja Cornelisz

In September 2020, VU started working on a three-year Comenius project: Plan for Success. This project addresses study delay for 2nd year students. As part of Plan for Success, dashboards are developed, both for students and study advisors. These instruments are designed to assist and improve the study planning and – counselling process. An important aspect of the project is that the student is in charge, and can take responsibility for their own study success. In addition, study advisors are facilitated to –for example- discuss with students which course arrangements are possible, feasible and desirable each period. In this workshop, the overarching Plan for Success and objectives will be introduced, followed by an interactive part in which participants can actively work with the recently designed dashboards. The workshop concludes by collecting feedback and by discussing the potential of this approach within the VU, also beyond the horizon of the Comenius project.
Main language: English. Number of participants: unlimited

2.6 Evidence informed Blended Learning design, tools & implications for VU Amsterdam

Luuk TerbeekLuuk Terbeek, LEARN! Academy and Sjirk Zijlstra, Hogeschool UtrechtSjirk Zijlstra

Driven by COVID-19, our education has undergone a massive transformation. It doesn't stay the way it is now, that's a good thing. After all, online education is only part of Blended Learning. Three elements are critical in facilitating effective Blended Learning:
• Contemporary craftsmanship
• Evidence-informed educational design
• Guaranteeing teacher professionalization
During this interactive workshop, all three elements are discussed. In addition, practical examples will be offered with which Luuk and Sjirk clarify how ICT can enrich education by using the right tools.
Main language: English. Number of participants: unlimited

1.7 and 2.7 VR to Enhance the Education Experience

Tilo HartmannTilo Hartmann and Miguel Barreda, Faculty of Social Sciences / Communication ScienceAFB Miguel Barreda

Round 1 (14.15-14.55)
The corona pandemic forced students and teaching staff to switch to online education and meet up via tools as Zoom or Teams. These tools have shown their value professionally, but at times, people got tired of too many ZOOM meetings, and also felt that they could not replace face-to-face meetings. Virtual (VR) and Extended Reality (XR) technologies made a technological leap jump in the past and start to be increasingly explored as educational, teaching, and communication tools, also at the VU. What are their strengths and functions, and where does teaching in VR fail to work? The session will be kicked off by a “roadshow” about present VR teaching projects worldwide by the XR ERA group (Extended Reality Group, Leiden), including a discussion.
2.7 Round 2 (15.00 – 15.40)
In the second part of the project, we will zoom in on VR-education projects at VU. This part will feature two parallel hybrid “hands-on” demos, which can be followed via Zoom from home, they also allow participation via your laptop from home. If you want to join the session in VR on your computer screen, please install and create a user/avatar in advance of the Education Day. We will open our teaching room on the day so everybody can join.
The first session will introduce the innovative PleitVRij project by the Faculty of Law (Sylvia Moes), the second session will show an example of how consumer-grade Oculus Quest VR was already (and can be) used in teaching at VU, based on a related project by Communication Science (Miguel Barreda/Tilo Hartmann).
Main language: English. Number of participants: unlimited.

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