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.
Prof. Jan Riezebos (FEB)
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
Dr Oksana Kavatsyuk (UCG)
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.
Dr May Lee (FSE)
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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
Esther Hoorn (ABJZ)
In 2019 a Comenius Senior Teaching Fellowship was awarded to Esther Hoorn for the project 'Privacy in Research: Asking the Right Questions'.
Dr Jan Albert van Laar (Philosophy)
Dr Marjolein Deunk (BSS)
'Visual Thinking Strategies as a foundation for intercultural competence'
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