Teaching and Learning Centre - Wageningen UR
Welcome on the Teaching and Learning Centre Course Registration Website.
Below you'll see an overview of our courses and sessions per title. For an overview of the offered session per date you can visit our Education Events Calender HERE.
If you would like to follow one of these sessions, but the course schedule does not offer a suitable opportunity, please send a request to email@example.com.
With your registration to one of our courses you agree with the Teaching and Learning Centre Terms and Conditions.
01. Orientation to teaching and supervision
Start to Lecture: Presentation/Instruction Practice
For those who want to make their lectures more effective by combining engaging presentations/instructions with active learning. The focus of this training is on practicing presentation/instruction skills. We therefore work in small groups (4 to 6 participants). The training will be held in English.
Start to Teach: Preparing Learning
Start to Teach introduces you to some basic teaching and learning principles, which include topics such as constructive alignment, writing learning outcomes, activating students prior knowledge and understanding the importance of assessment. You will be given the opportunity to practice your teaching skills by presenting a micro/minilesson to the group.
This course is designed for teaching staff with little experience in teaching but are appointed by Wageningen University and Research. Because it is designed for PhD candidates, post-docs and teaching assistants, it is considered suitable to form part of your teaching and supervision plan.
Start to supervise BSc & MSc thesis students
In this 2,5 hour workshop you will be provided with some general information about supervising thesis students at Wageningen University and discuss good practices, expectations, basic skills. Furthermore there will be room for questions.
Peer consultation for PhD-candidates who supervise BSc&MSc thesis students
After completing the workshop Start to Supervise BSc & MSc Thesis Students and in need for some extra peer consultation (intervision) in small groups around 4x per year, you can apply.
02. UTQ activities (open to all teaching staff)
UTQ Introduction meeting
In this meeting you will receive information about the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; or BKO in Dutch). You will obtain insights into your strengths and points to focus on in relation to the UTQ competences. After this meeting you will be informed about the trajectory and can book a personal intake with your UTQ coach.
UTQ Personal intake
In the individual intake interview you will meet your UTQ coach. Together you will translate your personal focus per UTQ competence into a meaningful programme, a provisional planning and a design for the assignments; considering your own teaching practice, the duration of the programme (usually no longer than two years), the time investment of 155 hours and the admission criteria. The contract will be the basis for this meeting.
In this course you will gain a deeper understanding of your classroom experiences by comparing and connecting your experiences to educational concepts, models, theory, good practices with your fellow participants and trainers. The trajectory consists of independent assignments in Brightspace, a lunch meeting and three themed live meetings.
The 'UTQ Teach'course focuses on UTQ sub-competences:
- 2a Prepare an educational meeting
- 2b Conduct an educational meeting.
UTQ supervise focuses on UTQ sub-competence 2c. Supervising, individually and in groups. In this course you will get a deeper understanding of your supervisor experiences by comparing and connecting your experiences to educational concepts, models, theory, good practices with fellow participants and TLC trainers. The course consists of self-work assignments in a digital platform (Brightspace) and two live course days.
The UTQ Design course focuses on the UTQ design competences. During the course days we will use cooperative and activating didactics that can be inspirational for your own teaching practice. We will use peer feedback as an essential part of the learning process. Attendance and active participation of all participants is therefore expected.
You will learn which design principles you can use to make your course (more) active, effective and efficient. You will practice your design competences with the use of one of your own courses.
Why follow this course? To prepare yourself for your role in designing, implementing, and evaluating assessments at Wageningen University.
The UTQ Assess course comprehensively focuses on knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for constructing and using assessments. We do this by following the steps of the assessment cycle: from the assessment strategy to the construction and evaluation of your exams and assignments.
UTQ Self-study Brightspace
You can find several self-study modules related to your teaching practice in this Brightspace environment. These modules offer a flexible and convenient way for you to enhance your teaching toolbox. Through a combination of multimedia resources, examples, quizzes, and reflective exercises, you will gain a deeper understanding of the respective topics and learn practical strategies to implement in your teaching practices.
Please note, that some of the self-study modules are required as prior knowledge for one or more of the UTQ courses.
Portfolio writing (only if you started the UTQ before July 2023)
Have you started writing your UTQ portfolio?
Do you need to book some time to write your portfolio?
This is an opportunity to book time in your calendars to write and to have guidance and instant feedback from UTQ supervisors.
03. Teaching & supervising courses
Group supervision in real-life learning
The workshop Group supervision in real-life learning is designed to empower teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively supervise and support student groups engaged in real-life learning projects. By the end of this workshop, participants will possess a comprehensive toolkit of practical tools and guidance. This will help them effectively handle student groups during real-life learning tasks. With a strong emphasis on understanding group dynamics, fostering effective communication, enhancing motivation, and knowing when and how to intervene. Educators will be better equipped to facilitate successful outcomes for all stakeholders involved in real-life learning projects.
Starting with real-life learning
This workshop is made for teachers who want to enhance student engagement and cultivate a profound connection between academic knowledge and society. We believe that every course, including those for first-year students, can take that crucial first step towards real-life relevance. Together, let's embrace a low-threshold approach to real-life learning, making education not only meaningful but also enjoyable for both you and your students.
What can we learn and use from games to make learning more effective? We will explore the underlying mechanisms that make games so engaging and use this as a starting point for rethinking your own education.
Supervising BSc & MSc thesis students
This two day course is meant for teachers/PhD‘s who have already supervised at least one or two BSc and/or MSc thesis students and want to learn more about supervising thesis students. In this course you exchange experiences, learn theories/models about effective supervising and practice several skills, like giving feedback, switching communication levels and asking open questions. All these elements come together when you will practice everything you have learned in a real life case simulation with an actor who plays the student.
Recommendation: apply at least 3 months in advance since this course is fully booked rapidly.
Supervising Group Work
In this 2-day course you will learn how to improve group performance and reduce free-riding, by getting all your students active and committed. You will practice with different stages of group development and corresponding roles of a supervisor. Topics are: assigning team roles, team communication, (shared) leadership, creating an inclusive learning environment are also addressed. This course is meant for coaches or teachers who teach a course where group collaboration is an explicit part of the course.
Teaching in an Intercultural & Diverse Classroom
Wageningen University is an international university with students coming from more than 100 cultures. Cultural diversity has many educational benefits, such as increased collaboration, successful decision-making, greater creativity. However, cultural differences hugely impact our ability to value diversity, with biases and blind spots unknowingly blurring our view and blocking effective, inclusive teaching behaviour. This course is for lecturers to develop awareness and skills in order to interact effectively and appropriately with the culturally different students in today’s international classrooms.
Teaching lab practicals
This course is intended for people who want to improve their lab teaching skills and elements of their practical class.
All people who teach lab practicals (technicians, PhDs, post-docs and other staff) are welcome.
Boundary Crossing Training for Teachers
During this hands-on course we will work with a combination of observational learning and experiential learning, relating to theoretical framework of Boundary Crossing.
04. Assessment and Examination
In these courses/activities, you will learn about different functions of assessment (formative and summative use), how to use specific tools & methods (Ans, rubrics, group assignments) and how to imply working procedures (invigilation).
Writing multiple-choice and other closed question types
In this workshop you will learn how to formulate closed questions that are valid, reliable and cover the right cognitive level.
Information meeting for Invigilators on BYOD exams
Is this your first BYOD exam? Then sign up for this presentation. You will learn more about the instructions, how the security software works and how to help students who experience issues before or during the exam.
There is a small document available with trouble shooting guidelines. You will learn how a student can get a spare laptop and how you can check if a student has submitted the exam successfully.
(More information is available at Student Support https://wur-studentsupport.screenstepslive.com/m/106158.)
Designing assessments in Ans
From September 2020 all digital assessment will take place in our new software Ans. In this training, you will learn you can design your assessment with open and/or closed questions in Ans and how to build and manage your question bank.
Formative use of assessment
Do you want more insight in student learning during your course? In this online session we will discuss how you can use assessment as a learning activity. And how you can make it activating and informative for both students and yourself.
Quick Start Ans
In this online session you will get acquainted with the basics of Ans so that you can develop your own question bank and build your own exams.
This session is offered almost every week, so if the available date does not fit, come back later!
Group assignments: good use and assessment
In this workshop series you can extend your knowledge and skills on several aspects of group assignments and their assessment.
You can take part in one or more workshops of your interest. The series of workshops combined will earn you a certificate showing the learning outcomes and time investment.
Rubrics: How to use and develop them for feedback and assessment
In this session we will explore how you can design rubrics and use them to facilitate student learning. We will start with a short general introduction on rubrics and have some small exercises to experience different aspects of using and developing rubrics.
This workshop is planned on demand.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thesis assessment: calibration session workshop for chair groups
Do you with your chair group want to have a calibration session workshop for staff that is involved in thesis assessment? We can facilitate your session and help you defining its programme.
Feedback and Assessment in Real Life Learning
This workshop is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of assessment in real-life learning contexts and equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to design and implement balanced assessment strategies. By finding a balance between individual and team assessment, as well as formative and summative evaluation, teachers will learn how to create assessments that capture both product and process learning.
05. Teaching tools & methods (Face-to-face)
In these courses/activities, you will learn about teaching methods & tools and learning activities that you can use to create an interactive and activating face-to-face (real life) learning environment.
Boundary Crossing ring
A Boundary Crossing ring meeting aims to facilitate teachers to learn with and from each other, by sharing their experiences, practices, tools, and resources in a very intentional way to improve their teaching practice concerning Boundary Crossing.
Course Didactics for Continuing Education
Universities, in addition to education for initial students, also have Continuing Education as their task. Education for (external) professionals requires a certain design and supervision. In order to support EWUU lecturers in the (further) development of this type of education and to learn from each other, the alliance partners offer the course 'Didactics for Continuing Education’.
You register for module 1. If you need further translation to your own CE, you can then register for the rest of the course.
06. Teaching tools & methods (online/digital)
In these courses/activities, you will learn about our Learning Management System Brightspace and other online/digital teaching tools that can help you shape your online and blended education. Activities can cover technical aspects of how to use the tools as well as didactics of online and blended learning.
Q&A Sessions: Educational Video
In these online Q&A sessions, you can ask all questions related to Educational Media. Different topics can be discussed, like 'How to manage a YuJa channel?', 'How do I find a video in YuJa?', or 'How to prepare for Weblectures and livestreams'.
Brightspace Introduction Training
To give all teachers and educational supporters a smooth start in Brightspace, all can follow the Brightspace Introduction Training. Main topics in this training are: navigation, organizing and adding content, setting up online activities, such as assignments and discussion fora, setting up groups and following student’s progress.
Brightspace Introduction Training (Self-study)
If you want to get familiar with Brightspace, but do not want to sign-up for a live session, you can sign-up for this self-study version. You will get access to the Brightspace and go through the materials at your own pace while doing the exercises in your practice course. Main topics in this training are: navigation, organizing and adding content, setting up online activities, such as assignments and discussion fora, setting up groups and following student’s progress.
Using Interactive Tools in Brightspace for course design
How can you make your courses in Brightspace more attractive, creative and varied? Learn about some simple tools (H5P, Creator+ & FBF) that give you immediate results.
Workshop: Boost your Brightspace course
Do you want to discuss possible improvements of your Brightspace course and be updated on what’s new in Brightspace and related tools? Looking for some inspiration from colleagues to improve your Brightspace course?
Producing your own knowledge clips (Self-study)
Knowledge clips are short video clips (5 to 7 minutes) in which the teacher explains a theory or concept or shows a skill or procedure. The course is a self study course, in which you do get feedback from a trainer.
Getting started with YuJa
YuJa is the video platform of the WUR. It is accessible via Brightspace, for both teaching staff and students. In this training you will get to know the most important basic functionalities in YuJa.
Teaching and Designing a Blended Course (self-study)
Learn effective design and teaching methods that blend synchronous and a-synchronous learning activities in online or partially on-campus courses. This is a short self-paced course and teaching reference.
Digital Accessibility: What, why & how?
Every student has the right to learn, and so our education needs to be accessible to them. This workshop introduces you to the intricacies of Digital Accessibility (DA), and will leave you with clear tips on how to make your educational materials more digitally accessible.
07. Events & Other activities
In the events organised by TLC, you will discuss about good practices in teaching, get introduced to new learning technologies, and have the opportunity to learn from and exchange experiences with other educators.
SUTQ | Information Day
The Teaching & Learning Centre currently offers the UTQ (BKO). In this trajectory in-service teachers are equipped with specific teaching competences that are formally assessed. By offering a SUTQ, the educational trajectory can continue for those who successfully completed their UTQ (or equivalent) and wish to further their educational development. The SUTQ is intended for employees who aspire in becoming a “senior teacher” (promoted from UFO 3 to a level 2). The SUTQ is also open for and available to in-service teachers, associate professors, assistant professors, and professors in possession of a UFO job profile 1 and 2. As alluded to before, for a candidate to be considered for the SUTQ, they should be in possession of a UTQ certificate. The information day serves as a Q&A moment where you can inquire more information about the three overall competences and how these are planned, assessed, implemented and monitored using both a personal plan as well as an education project plan.
Inspiration Lunch workshops (2023-2024)
The Inspiration Lunch Workshops are events organized for educational staff to get inspired in topics related to Technology Enhanced Learning, Blended Learning Design Approaches, Didactic Concepts, Diversity and Inclusion. The workshops take place on campus from 12:00 – 13:30 on weekdays.
The annual event is organised by and for WUR teachers.
Check intranet for the full programme of this day: https://intranet.wur.nl/Project/EducationSupport/Pages/T5-QhExMjE-7nDFYWk-xqA
08. Study advisers
Start-to-SA-trajectory for new study advisers -part 3
In this third meeting, you will dive deeper into working as a study adviser at the WUR and your tasks and skills needed.
You will practice case situations framed by some theory.
Location: WUR Campus.
Target group: New study advisers, cohort '23/'24
Trainers: Nynke Post Uiterweer, Marieke van Schaik
113 Suicide prevention gatekeeper training
113 Suicide prevention gatekeeper training provided by trainers from Rino Groep.
Target group: study advisers, student deans, student psychologists
this training will be offered in English or Dutch depending on the preferred language of the participants
POSTPONED Training Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (by Autisme Academie)
Themes that will be part of the training:
- stress, overstimulation and the expressions in behavior
- effect of stress on physical and mental well-being and the causes of this
- relationship autism and cognition
- learning to read and use 6 communication channels in communication
- sensory hypersensitivity and hypersensitivity including the internal senses
- communication applied at a higher level of understanding
Knowledge bite on Feelings work
Feelings and emotions are part of our everyday life. Sometimes, we are supposed to show them, often we are supposed to hide them – in other words to control them. However, we are not formally trained to understand our feelings. This makes it hard to know what to do with our feelings or the feelings of others, for example students. Students sometimes approach you with problems that come from feelings they do not understand or are even unaware of. How can you help?
This workshop will give you a theoretical framework which we will use to bust some outdated myths about feelings. We will introduce some simple exercises that will help you become aware of your feelings. Getting in touch with your feelings will empower you to take students on the path of understanding their feelings. Study adviser Matthijs Kool will provide this meeting
Grief Support for Students
In this workshop, Marloes Harkema shares her experience in how she supports students in grief. We will explore a few practical tools that study advisors can use in conversations about grief (e.g., the loss-restoration model, grief conversation cards). She will also share the specific issues students encounter when dealing with grief at a young age and in such dynamic student life surroundings. Afterwards, study advisors can pick up a deck of grief conversation cards to assist them in their support.
Marloes Harkema, author of a book on grief, is WUR life coach and grief counselor. For the past years she has organized the monthly Grief&Writing workshop for students.
Knowledge bite Coping with eco- anxiety and other eco-emotions
What signals show a student is struggling with eco-emotions? How can we support students having these emotions?
In this practice based knowledge bite you’ll learn tools how to help students to deal with their eco-emotion struggles.
Trainer: Marieke Siepert, Klimaatpsychologie.com
Target group: Study advisers
Knowledge bite: How to deal with BSc & MSc thesis issues among your students?
During this knowledge bite we will exchange experiences and tools how to deal with BSc & MSc thesis issues among your students. Issues on personal level of the student and in collaboration and communication with the thesis supervisor.
This session will be facilitated by Lieke van der Zouwen, study adviser & Marieke van Schaik, educational trainer.
Target group: Study advisers
09. On demand
These courses or activities are organised on demand. Depending on whether it is an individual support activity or course, we will try to plan an occurence when there is interest. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
(re)designing a course: self-study modules for exemption trajectories
This course teaches you the basics of designing education. It is open for self-study; all knowledge clips and readings are accessible, the discussion fora and course analysis are not open.
If you are interested in joining the full course, check our schedule: https://esd.crs.wur.nl/courses/details/257/
Redesign Lab intake
There may be all sorts of reasons to renew your education. Often you can do this yourself. If you need help – perhaps because you do not know how to handle it or the task is too great – we would be happy to help in facilitating the process of re-design. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an intake to discuss the possibilities.
Introduction Knowledge clips
For teachers that are interested in the possibilities of knowledge clips in their courses and the development process of such a knowledge clip.
Central questions are:
- What is a knowledge clip?
- What type of knowledge clip am I going to make?
- How do I prepare a knowledge clip?
- What kind of support can I get?
- How do I organize it?
Knowledge clips are becoming more important as teaching activity within the WU. They are used as short video clips (5 to 7 minutes) in which the teacher explains a theory, concept or show a skill or procedure. In two half days you improve your skills in developing and recording a knowledge clip in front of the camera in the Greenroom Studio.
Organising IT in your course design
This is an advanced course for teachers. Registration to this course is only possible when you have participated in the workshops “Online teaching methods to activate your students” and “Orientation on digital tools”.