Kim Schildkamp: My journey as a scientist

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Kim Schildkamp (professor and team leader of the Professional development Zone) will take you on her journey as a scientist.

Remain critical and vigilant in the use of IT

Since the COVID-19 crisis, cold feet are a thing of the past when it comes to online education. Meanwhile, the emphasis has shifted to hybrid education, now that a part of the students is in the classroom and a part is at home. But, are the insights we have gained these past months in the field of online education utilised sufficiently? That is our challenge for the near future according to Ronald Spruit, team leader for the Professional development zone. Ronald is a senior policy advisor at the Learning and Innovation Center of Avans University of Applied Sciences. He is also coordinator of Avans’ IT and Education community.

Time to take stock

Going all out: the VU Amsterdam was fully aware of this when the COVID-19 crisis broke out. Numerous initiatives sprang up like mushrooms. But there was no time to reflect on online education.“That is an essential next step,” says Marijke Leijdekkers, teacher training coordinator at the VU and advisor education and ICT.

Searching for a smart form of blended learning

Why not deal creatively with the challenges of the coronacrisis? That was the approach of Kees Ritmeester, innovation program manager at Driestar educational in Gouda. From online linking students with a study delay to deploying interns at affected primary schools.

“Let students know you’re there for them”‘

Everything offline for a week. To be able to offer fully online education after that week. From content, didactics to assessments. And that succeeded, says Susan McKenney, director of the Master’s program Educational Science and Technology at the University of Twente and of Pro-U, the UT in-service training organisation for teachers at primary and secondary schools in the region. But now we must fully focus on personal contact with students. For example with online office hours.

Networks are worth their weight in gold

The news that the institutions were to be closed didn’t come like a surprise to anyway. Not at least to Peter Dekker. He and his teammates were already somewhat prepared for this transformation. Peter is a blended learning specialist at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA). He works at the HvA Academy and the DLO Innovation Partners (Digital Learning Environment). These internal networks within the organisation proved invaluable.

“Not only students attend sessions in a virtual classroom. Teachers do too.”

Universities and universities of applied sciences found their way in organising distance education at an impressively fast pace. But how do you maintain the quality of your education in the transition to online? To achieve that goal, the teachers themselves were taught in a virtual classroom, says Carolien Kamphuis, an educationalist with expertise in the field of education and ICT. She works at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Radiant Teachers’ Day

The Radiant Teachers’ Day took place on Wednesday 20 May. Radiant Teacher Training is a partnership of 9 universities of applied sciences with teacher training programmes in The Netherlands. I work at Driestar Educatief and represent Radiant in the zone Professional Development. During the Radiant Teachers’ Day, all affiliated lecturers from the Radiant institutions come together to work on accelerating educational innovation with IT in their institutions.