Field labs

Experimenting with professional development activities

Real acceleration does not take place in the zone, but within higher education institutions. That is why the Facilitating professional development for lecturers zone is designing a professionalization offer around specific innovations. The field labs are designed around four themes: peer feedback, online didactics, learning analytics and formative testing. This offer is then tested within the own institutions. These “Field Labs for Professional Development” are experimental professionalization activities where teachers and support staff develop and work on specific educational innovations with IT.

Working with field labs

Egbert Neels talks about the testing grounds and how you can get started with the field labs.

Working with field labs

Field labs

Digital Peer Feedback

The application of peer feedback

In the field lab Digital Peer Feedback the application of (digital) peer feedback by lecturers in higher education is crucial. In a series of four meetings, lecturers learn how to use peer feedback in their own teaching in a thoughtful manner and how they can guide this process for their students. The animation shows you a good practice of peer feedback (English subtitles available, see settings).

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Learning Analytics

The use of learning analytics

Do you want to use learning analytics in higher education? The Facilitating professional development for lecturers zone of the Acceleration Plan has developed a field lab around this subject. In a series of six meetings, lecturers are gradually introduced to the use of study data within their own teaching.

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Formative Assessment

Integrating the process of formative assessment

The Facilitating professional development for lecturers zone has developed the Formative Assessment field lab in collaboration with the University of Twente. This field lab is designed for lecturers in higher education who want to integrate the process of formative evaluation into their education.

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Blended Education

Achieving a mix of online and on-site activities

Blended (or hybrid) education is now commonplace in higher education. Therefore, the Facilitating professional development for lecturers zone developed the field lab Blended Education.

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Part of the field labs are the handouts. These give lecturers a basis to work with educational innovations with IT. The following handouts are available: