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Comenius Fellows

The Comenius programme contributes to the innovation and improvement of higher education in the Netherlands. The grants enable professionals in higher education to put their ideas for educational innovation into practice. Furthermore, they allow teachers to continue to develop themselves as excellent educational professionals. As they develop, their potential impact is extended further. Each year, teachers can apply by submitting their proposal.

The programme includes three different grants, depending on the stage of your career: Teaching Fellows, Senior Fellows and Leadership Fellows grants.


Teaching Fellows

Pablo Druetta
Pablo Druetta

Dr Pablo Druetta (FSE/ENTEG)
Improving the teaching of computational fluid dynamics courses in lecture rooms by means of virtual reality tools

Engineering students usually ask themselves these questions, while following any simulation course: why are the 2D images so small in the screen; and why is the lecturer showing a view, which is not helpful for your learning process. Though current CFD software have clearly improved the rendering and post-processing, this is not clear to see for all students in the same classroom. This project aims to tackle this problem by developing a virtual reality (VR) framework, which will help students to avoid asking these questions. Students then will be immersed in the same common environment and will be capable to have the same perspective, interacting and becoming active members of the learning process. Students will be able to follow the instructions by having a clear vision of, for instance, the fluid velocity field around a wind turbine. There is significant potential in extending this framework to other engineering-related courses, in which the visualization can be improved by VR tools.

Thomas Hackl
Thomas Hackl
Koen van Benthem
Koen van Benthem

Dr Koen van Benthem and Dr Thomas Hackl (FSE/GELIFES)
Teaching coding effectively through interactive formative assessments

This project will provide a platform to students in the biostatistics courses where they can submit solution scripts. Upon submission, the platform will provide immediate automated individual feedback to the student. This will allow students to improve their analysis through multiple rounds of feedback, independent of teacher availability. Furthermore, it will allow teachers to adjust the course in real-time based on an analysis of the submitted scripts and associated feedback.


Leadership Fellow

Jan Riezebos
Jan Riezebos

Prof. Jan Riezebos (Economics and Business)
Creating value of student diversity through logistical innovations.

Student diversity is the norm rather than the exception in teaching nowadays. Diversity should bring value to the learning process of all students. However, research indicates that it requires careful planning of lecturers to develop diversity into a valuable asset in the learning process of students. If poorly managed, diversity may result in tensions and reinforcement of prejudices among students. To make value of diversity, lecturers need both technological and pedagogical training and support. This project offers technological support for, a.o., inclusive group work through educational logistics, while pedagogical support is offered through inclusiveness trainings.
More about the grant for Jan Riezebos

Senior Fellows

Oksana Kavatsyuk
Oksana Kavatsyuk

Dr Oksana Kavatsyuk (University College)
Let's WeBWork together: collaboration between faculty and students for successful blended/hybrid learning.

Blended-learning tools are not automatically sufficient for the students’ study success. Educational design that facilitates community building and collaboration between students is vital. We have developed a comprehensive strategy, encouraging community building and collaboration between students, aiming to humanize the online/hybrid courses, through building of trust, presence, awareness and empathy. Easy to follow step-by-step guide-lines for teachers will be produced, including a project website, instructions and instructional videos on humanizing (online/hybrid) courses and using WeBWork Open-Source platform for assignments. Students will be involved as co-creators and testers, gaining unique programming, communication and management experience.

Teaching Fellows

Mai Lee
May Lee

Dr May Lee (Science and Engineering)
Developing a framework to Optimize Existing Curricula for Hybrid Instruction.

Many students attend university to study STEM fields, but may not be able to afford tuition and boarding without having a job at the same time. Given the recent increases in undergraduate students enrolling in those studies, which often have large introductory courses that lack the physical space to accommodate them during lectures and tutorials, universities need to reconsider how those courses are organized; one solution is hybrid education. Our project proposes the development of a framework, based on research of effective teaching practices, that instructors can use to adapt their existing curricula for hybrid instruction.
Read more about the grant for dr Lee

Gerd Weitkamp
Gerd Weitkamp

Dr Gerd Weitkamp (Spatial Sciences)
Measuring and Imagining Spatial Design: integrating geospatial measurements and virtual realities to support spatial skills of students in collaborative spatial planning and design.

Complex spatial problems in urban areas require the integration of knowledge from different perspectives to make informed urban design decisions. In this project we develop a teaching module including a Geospatialreality toolset, that enables the use of spatial data for designing an urban area informed by quantitative measurements of spatial features and subjective experiences in a Virtual Reality environment. The toolset will be interactive and dynamic: changes in the design will affect the quantitative measurements and the experience in VR. The module will learn how to create a design with iterative and collaborative methods, enabling a transdisciplinary approach.

Audrey Rousse-Malpat
Audrey Rousse-Malpat

Dr Audrey Rousse-Malpat (Arts)
A multilingual approach for students from a broad language program.

As a language student, you probably recognize this problem: you want to major in French but most of the courses in your language program are offered in English. Yet, you are supposed to reach a high level in French during your bachelor's degree. This project aims to help you by offering a multilingual course in which you learn to understand each other's languages and cultural points of view, while you continue to develop the French language through strategies such as language comparison, interpretation and mutual understanding. A premiere in a university!


Teaching Fellow

Dr Bharath Ganesh
Pixascope: Big visual analytics for social media

The project is dedicated to “Pixascope”, a software package for students and researchers to analyze large-scale visual datasets, like those that can be collected from social media platforms. Currently, much of the research on large datasets focuses on text, rather than images. This project hopes to give students the tools to use cutting-edge technology to analyze visual culture and enhance teaching and learning in RUG’s MA track in Social Media & Society. While visual platforms such as Instagram and TikTok are growing in prominence, education still prioritizes text. Pixascope hopes to change that by providing a new set of tools and an educational programme alongside them.


Teaching fellows

Oksana Kavatsyuk

The project 'Gender inclusive education in the mathematics classroom' from dr Oksana Kavatsyuk focuses on exploring how all students regardless of gender could be encouraged to explore their talents to their full potential in the domain of mathematics.

Jolien Mouw
The main aim of the project 'Keeping order in a Virtual Kindergarten Classroom' by dr Jolien Mouw is to develop and evaluate an innovative and interactive Virtual-Reality kindergarten environment in which students of the Academic Teacher Training Program (AOLB) can safely experiment with different classroom management strategies.
Read more about the 2020 teaching fellows


Senior fellows

Esther Hoorn (ABJZ)
'Privacy in Research: Asking the Right Questions'

This project aims to teach students how to ask the right questions about privacy by helping them look at privacy issues from various perspectives. Furthermore, it will develop an approach for successfully designing, implementing and embedding responsible research methodology in interdisciplinary research.

Jan Albert van Laar (Philosophy)
'Deliberative debating'

The UG is developing an app based on insights from argumentation theory and deliberation theory that helps students conduct a deliberative debate. Information gathering, consultation and the exchange of arguments are central to this. The app also allows students to experiment with self-designed discussion formats. The aim is to create widely applicable education modules, first for bachelor's and master's students, and then for students in secondary, secondary and higher education.


Teaching fellows

Marjolein Deunk (BSS)
'Visual Thinking Strategies as a foundation for intercultural competence'

In the Visual Thinking Strategies method, students of Academic Teacher Primary Education discuss a work of art, in order to stimulate their awareness and a critical open attitude. They then similarly discuss a video recording of a reading session in a culturally diverse kindergarten class. The aim is to positively influence knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy with regard to cultural-ethnic diversity in the classroom.

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