Parallel programme interactive presentations and workshops - Round 1

1.1 Motivation of students in online education

Martijn Meeter - Foto: Peter ValkcxMartijn Meeter, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences

Covid19 and the resulting closure of the campus has not been easy on students. In our research, we found that students don’t appreciate online lectures and seminars very much, and report that their motivation is down. Here, I will present our findings, and will discuss what makes online courses attractive and motivating. We’ll try out some of the tips during the workshop.
Main Language: English. Number of participants: unlimited

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1.2 Implementation and adoption of blended learning

Barend LastBarend Last, Maastricht University

In this workshop, you will look into the implementation of blended learning in your programmes and courses. Where do they stand with regard to the implementation? And what is yet to be achieved? How flexible is the curriculum? To what degree are students facilitated in self-regulated learning? Is there agreement on the tools used throughout the programme or course? The target group of this workshop is teaching staff. During the workshop, participants will be working on formulating action points to improve the implementation of blended learning into the curriculum. Different implementation models and relevant insights from the literature will be used. Participants start with a short self-scan about blended learning in their own education and build upon this in dialogue.

Barend Last (1986) started his career in primary education, where he discovered his passion for educational innovation. He was mainly interested in answering the question: why do we do what we do? Therefore, he continued his journey into higher education and research. He worked in educational administration, design and support, at different levels of education. At the moment, he works as an educational advisor at Maastricht University, where he focuses on the implementation of blended learning. He is keen to use IT in education, as well as combining this with physical learning spaces. Barend also writes children’s books, and he is an independent speaker and trainer. For more information, go to
Main Language: Dutch. Number of participants: max 40.

1.3 Corona’s lessons learned: hybrid teaching in the future of CSL Fieldwork Limburg

Rosa PolsRosa Pols and Mark Bokhorst Institute for Environmental StudiesMark Bokhorst

Corona forced the Institute for Environmental Studies to, all of a sudden, convert all group fieldwork in the BSc Earth Sciences, Economics and Sustainability into online versions. Fieldwork Limburg, a Community Service Learning project in the first year of the Bachelor, with an assignment by the Water Authorities (Waterschap) Limburg, had to be taught online. Unexpectedly, many more data than originally thought were available online. As a result, nonetheless the students achieved most learning goals. The use of the available data in new assignments resulted in a better area and case study overview than was achieved in the past. With this knowledge students will be better prepared before going into the field in future fieldworks. In this workshop we explore the added value of a hybrid type of teaching, in which online preparation and fieldwork are combined. This workshop is meant as a plea to prepare fieldwork thoroughly, but even more to stimulate you to go off the campus, and let students experience the real world within your educational programme.
Main language: English or Dutch depending on participants. Number of participants: unlimited

1.4 Discover your VUture (and other ways to help first-year students connect in an online setting)

AFB Anneke VuureggeAnneke Vuuregge, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nadia van der Pool, VU Education labNadia van der Pool

As a result of online education during the pandemic, we have noticed that students have difficulty in feeling connected to their study programme and to each other. What role can the mentorship and tutorship play? Anneke and Nadia will show how you can help students feel at home and make the most of their studies. They will let you get acquainted with the discussion game ‘ Discover your VUture ( In addition they will tell you more about strategies for learning and planning during meeting with the mentors/tutors. They will also show you how mentorship can be used successfully to increase (social) interaction between students.
Main language Dutch. Number of participants: unlimited

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1.5 Practicalities of hybrid teaching

Duco BanninkDuco Bannink, Faculty of Social Sciences, Marijke Leijdekkers, Learn! Academy and Eva Konijn, studentEva Konijn

Duco Bannink will give a workshop on some of the practicalities and didactics of hybrid and online teaching. Duco does not see himself as an expert on the topic, but is a very hands-on teacher. His reaction to the workshop was: “why, what would I be telling the participants, I don’t ‘do’ anything; I’m not an expert”. He will tell us more about how hybrid teaching can keep students involved from a practical point of view. In one of Duco’s courses, a group of students prepared a short lecture on Zoom-skills for teachers. One of these students, Eva Konijn, presents their lecture in this workshop. Duco and Eva will go into what works and what doesn’t, for example in Zoom. Participants will be involved in setting up a meeting to see for themselves. Duco will also show you what steps have proven to keep participants interested, by using Mentimeter and other tools. Along the way, we will be having a strongly interactive meeting. This workshop will be held online only, the on-campus version has been cancelled.
Main language: Dutch. Number of participants: unlimited.

1.6 Students who care: Improving mental health of students supported by students

Leonore de WitLeonore de Wit en Ronald Felt, Clinical PsychologyRonald Felt

In this workshop an update will be given by Leonore de Wit and Student assessor Roland Felt on de training program of student e-coaches for psychological interventions in the psychology curriculum.
Students who finish the program will coach fellow students with mental health programs within the Caring Universities program, which is a collaboration between VU, Leiden University, Maastricht University and the University of Utrecht. In an interactive session various important themes are addressed like: Do students have enough experience to coach fellow students? What is the responsibility of the University in recognizing and treatment of mental health issues of students? What is the role of teachers in recognizing mental health issues with students? Would you feel safe enough as a student to discuss your mental health status with a fellow student?
Main language: English. Number of participants: unlimited 

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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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