You can find development opportunities everywhere. Development is the result of various experiences, not only from courses or workshops, but also from becoming acquainted with and using innovative educational tools in an effective manner. Perusall is one such innovative tool, developed by Eric Mazur.
What is Perusall and how is it used?
Although the educational sciences do not have a lot of hard and fast rules, one thing is clear: the more time students spend on a course unit, the better their chances of passing it. Perusall is a tool that can stimulate this by using formative assessments or feedback. Texts or books are uploaded to Perusall and students can add comments and questions. They can discuss the study material online, making the out-of-class component a social, interactive activity providing intrinsic motivation. Lecturers will benefit too. The results of each out-of-class activity are processed into a ‘confusion report’ with a top 3 of the most discussed topics, which may serve as a starting point for the following lecture or seminar, resulting in more efficient use of lecture time. The transfer of information (out of class) is thus followed by processing the information (in class).
The University of Groningen is currently working on implementing Perusall in various course units in all faculties. Here are a few interesting examples:
Many major Dutch companies publish extensive information about climate impact in their annual reports. However, very few companies provide concrete, detailed information about their own CO2 emissions, the impact of climate change on their business...
The University of Groningen (UG) has permanently closed the project aimed at creating a branch campus in Yantai. Discussions were held with China Agricultural University, the city of Yantai and the Province of Shandong.
Offers of cheap single train tickets through retailers such as Kruidvat or Etos have a positive impact on the number of kilometres travelled by rail. This impact is much bigger than that of more general TV, newspaper or magazine advertising. However,...