During the master's programme, I learned how to conduct educational research. I enjoyed that so much that I decided to stay at the RUG for a PhD, and I followed a very interesting course about how to use computers in teaching. I found it inspiring and my PhD focused on this topic. I investigated how to use computers to facilitate students' communication and collaboration. After my PhD, I continued as a post-doc researcher, also in the context of educational technology.
Upon my arrival in Groningen, I assumed the lectures would be the same as in Germany, where I only had lectures, no seminars, and where there wasn't much communication between the teacher and the student. To my surprise, I found out that it was quite different here, and that the Dutch teachers are actually very communicative and friendly. I enjoyed going to class. The master courses have definitely laid a solid basis for my career as a researcher and university lecturer. The research methods I learned from this programme are also still very useful.
I now work at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, where I teach business research methods and statistics. I really enjoy it because I can teach a lot more than during my post-doc, where I only taught a few classes and I didn't have much contact with my students. Also, when I published research articles I tended to think: who will read them? Now, at the Hanze I can directly apply my research findings into my teaching and share my findings with my colleagues.
In 2014, I was the instructional designer of the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of the Hanze University. It was the first MOOC of a Dutch HBO Institute about economics. Till now, we've ran this MOOC four times, and we have reached students all over the world. This is a good example of something that I used to do research on and which I now apply in practice.