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Centre for Academic Communication Skills Online (CASCO)

The University of Groningen Language Centre has developed an e-learning pilot for the academic communication skills of ‘writing’ and ‘holding presentations’. The Centre for Academic Communication Skills Online (CASCO) is available to all who need to present and write at an academic level: Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students and academic staff. The portal is available in both English and Dutch:

Working Procedure

New and existing study material will be made available via CASCO and Nestor, the University’s electronic learning environment, to help the target group better understand what academic writing and holding presentations entails. The material will include videos and assignments with automated feedback, peer feedback and lecturer feedback.


The material on the website and in the electronic learning environment is based on the HACV (Handboek Academische Communicatieve Vaardigheden; Manual for Academic Communication Skills), a manual that was originally developed by the Dutch department of the University of Groningen in response to growing concern about the general level of graduates’ communication skills. The HACV is currently managed by the Language Centre.


In addition, the MAGICC Conceptual Framework (EU LLP 2011-2014) also serves as a source of information. The MAGICC project focuses on multilingual and multicultural academic and professional communication skills in higher education. The Language Centre was one of the nine European partners involved in the MAGICC project.

The deadline for CASCO is the end of January 2015.

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