Education Support Centre - Wageningen UR

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The training programme for the Academic Year 2020/2021 can be viewed by clicking on the image below. In the PDF of the image you can click on the course titles to register for the course.

February - June

Please note:

With your registration to one of our courses you agree with the Education Support Centre Terms and Conditions.

 

Orientation to teaching and supervision

Start to teach

For teachers and PhD candidates who are beginners, this course helps you prepare your teaching, how to activate students and supervise tutorials or assignments. The last day you will give a trial lesson.

Teaching lab practicals

This course is intended for people teaching lab practicals who want to improve their teaching skills.

Start to supervise BSc & MSc thesis students

This workshop is for those who start supervising thesis students. You will be provided with some general information about supervising thesis students and discuss good practices, expectations, basic skills.

Supervising BSc & MSc thesis students

In this 2-day course for staff who are supervising thesis-students, you exchange experiences, discuss models about effective super-vising and practice skills, such as asking questions and giving feedback. You will apply all these in a role-play with an actor. 

Lecturing

The central theme in this training is practicing your lecturing skills, activating students and effective presenting in small groups of around 5 participants. In English or Dutch depending on preference of participants.

 

Mandatory courses for the UTQ

UTQ introduction meeting

In this meeting you will get information about the University Teaching Qualification trajectory (UTQ; in Dutch BKO). You will get insight in your strengths and points for development in relation to the UTQ competences. After this meeting you will know what next steps to take.

UTQ personal intake

In the individual intake interview you will meet your UTQ supervisor. Together you will translate your learning needs into a meaningful programme, a timeframe and a design for the assignments.

(Re)designing a course

This course is designed for both new lecturers getting started with course design and for more experienced lecturers who want to refresh or focus on a specific part of their course design.

Assessment: Written exams - blended course

Lecturers who want to improve their written exam by creating a balanced assessment that reflects the learning outcomes. You also work on choosing the right type of questions (open and/or closed) and formulating and grading them well.
 

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Assessment: Written exams - guided portfolio writing

In this meeting we will discuss the key elements in ensuring exam quality. When you register for the meeting, you will receive the assignment details. Completion of the assignments about the ‘quality of written exams’ (Part IIa) is a pre-requisite for joining this meeting to get (peer) feedback. In this way, you can make further improvements and include these in your UTQ portfolio.

Assessment: Graded assignments - self study + peer feedback

In this training we will discuss the key elements in ensuring the quality of graded assignments. When you register for the meeting, you will receive the assignment details. Completion of the assignments about the ‘quality of graded assignments’ (Part IIb) is a pre-requisite for joining this meeting to get (peer) feedback. In this way, you can make further improvements and include these in your UTQ portfolio.

University Teaching: Putting theory into practice (Peer Learning Meetings

This course focuses on getting a deeper understanding of your classroom experiences by comparing and connecting your experiences to educational concepts, models, theory, and good practices with fellow participants and ESC trainers. It is a blended course in which we mix online learning, learning in the workplace and six 4-hour (online) live sessions. The course focuses on UTQ competence 2: Teaching and supervising.

 

Elective courses for the UTQ

Teaching lab practicals

This course is intended for people teaching lab practicals who want to improve their teaching skills

Teaching an online course

In this course you will experience what it is like to participate in an online course and you will learn and practice e-moderating skills. This course is primarily meant for anyone who will be moderating an online course in a Distance Learning MSc programme.

Supervising BSc & MSc thesis students

In this 2-day course for staff who are supervising thesis-students, you exchange experiences, discuss models about effective super-vising and practice skills, such as asking questions and giving feedback. You will apply all these in a role-play with an actor. 

Teaching in the Intercultural Classroom

Wageningen University is an international university with students and staff coming from more than 100 cultures. This course is for lecturers to develop skills in order to interact effectively with and benefit from the culturally different and diverse student population in today’s international classroom.

Brain Based Teaching

Brain based teaching offers new insights on how the brain works and how to translate this into classroom strategies. Experience, apply and practise these strategies to boost both teaching and students’ learning.

Supervising groupwork 

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.

Design a course that uses IT

Lecturing

The central theme in this training is practicing your lecturing skills, activating students and effective presenting in small groups of around 5 participants. In English or Dutch depending on preference of participants.

Gamified Design

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 course.

Group assignments: good use and assessment

A series of 4 workshops in which you can extend your knowledge and skills on several aspects of group assignments.
You can take part in one or more workshops of your interest. Combined the series of four workshops can also form an Elective course for the UTQ.

 

Other courses

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.

Organising feedback on academic writing assignments (large groups)

In the mind of many teachers, feedback on writing products is a very laborious and tedious process. However, when realizing the role of feedback in the learning process of students it is often possible to alleviate this task considerably. In this course you learn to organise feedback in an optimal way, including peerfeedback and digital tools.

UTQ portfolio writing

In addition to the courses and assignments, it is the intention that you put together a portfolio within the UTQ. The portfolio will demonstrate that you have the basic skills to teach at a University level. It is the input and starting point of the final meeting to reflect on the your learning process towards this.
The composition of this portfolio is sometimes seen as the tailpiece of the UTQ and thus is put back until the end.
Teachers who are in the UTQ programme and are busy putting together their portfolio, can attend this workshop.
If you want to organize your portfolio, writes parts of your portfolio, draw on best practice, see examples from colleagues, get help with reflecting on your competences and/or want to discuss dilemmas, register for this workshop.

Group assignments: good use and assessment

A series of 4 workshops in which you can extend your knowledge and skills on several aspects of group assignments.
You can take part in one or more workshops of your interest. Combined the series of four workshops can also form an Elective course for the UTQ.

1. Brightspace

Courses and other activities organised for Brightspace. 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 education.support@wur.nl

2. Other activities

Courses and other activities organised by Education Support Centre

3. On demand

These courses are organised on demand. When there seems to be enough interest we will try to plan an occurence of this course.

6. Study advisers