Delivery of teaching sessions

Are you looking for ways to improve your teaching sessions? For example by activating and engaging students more? Develop or design proper learning resources? Or do you want to learn more about creating a culturally inclusive classroom? Then the following MicroLabs are the ones for you.

Inclusive classroom:

In this MicroLab you work on creating an inclusive classroom environment in which students, regardless of their backgrounds (for example nationality, ethnic background, gender, physical health, social class, previous education), feel involved and are able to show their talents.

Goals / competencies

After participating in this MicroLab:

  • You are more aware of the impact of your teaching on the sense of belonging and achievements of diverse groups of students.
  • You are more skilled to interact with your students from the perspective of diversity and inclusion, to manage collaboration between students from different backgrounds and/or to teach in a way that is challenging and appealing to diverse student groups.

Target group and required prior knowledge

The MicroLab is intended for lecturers who, based on their own teaching experiences, want to improve interactions with and among students to stimulate a classroom environment in which diverse groups of students feel included and have a successful study experience. No specific prior knowledge is required.

Content, form and time investment

The MicroLab is demand-oriented. You put a concrete issue you are dealing with forward. For example, you experience that you can’t fully reach certain groups of students during your lectures or your working groups: how can you involve them more? Or: the collaboration in project groups between students with or without Dutch previous education doesn’t go well: how to improve the collaboration among your students?

In preparation for the MicroLab, you will be provided scientific insights on diversity and inclusion in higher education and a preparatory assignment. During the MicroLab-session you work on your specific case together with the other participants. An important part of the session is role playing: cases put forward by participants will be acted out by participants under the supervision of an experienced trainer actor.

The topic of inclusive teaching will be approached from three different angles: the student’s perspective, (possible) teacher’s biases and culturally responsive teaching. The MicroLab concludes with a Proof of Competence, in which you show your efforts to make your education more inclusive. The content and format of this Proof of Competence depends on the topic submitted. The total time investment is approximately 15 hours (including preparation time, 4 hours MicroLab session, time spend on Proof of Competence).

Assessment and badge

Your Proof of Competence will be assessed by the trainer. You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion.

Planning

DateTimeLocation
13 October 202209:30-12:30 
9 November 202213:00-16:00 
11 January 202313:00-16:00T11-67
6 March 202313:00-16:00T11-67
15 May 202313:00-16:00T11-67

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. EUR teachers can participate for free.

Activating students:

Have you always wanted to increase the attention and motivation of your students during your lecture? Then join this MicroLab!

In this short blended course you will learn what type of teaching & learning activities you can use to make sure your lectures will have an impact on the students’ learning process. A lot of research has been done in the field of brain learning, in this module we will share the latest outcomes with you. For example: how to stimulate students to write effective notes during your lecture. We will also answer the question on how to structure your lecture with a variety of activities and how to implement your plan into practice. The module will be online, which consists of 3 hours online preparation assignments and an online workshop of half a day. The workshop really focusses on the idea to prepare you to try out an activity in one of your own lectures.

Target group and required prior knowledge        

This MicroLab is intended for lecturers who would like to lecture with more impact on the students’ learning process. We have designed the course in such a way that it is valuable for any number of students you will teach (small or large groups). We do recommend to follow the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) first, before participating in this MicroLab.

Goals/competencies

After following this MicroLab you will be able to:   

  • Select active teaching and learning activities that match the objectives of your lecture, target group and group size;
  • Develop a lesson plan for your lecture which consists of a variety of teaching and learning activities;
  • Implement a teaching activity in one of your lectures;
  • Reflect upon your strengths and improvement points in lecturing.

Content, form and time investment    

Before attending the workshop we ask you to prepare and upload your assignments in the online Canvas module (3 hours). The workshop (4 hours) consist of two parts. In the first part we will focus on the design of a lecture and various teaching and learning activities. In the second part you will get the change to practice with the activity you would to do in one of your lectures or to discuss practical limitations you foresee by doing the activity.

Assessment and badge   

The Proof of Competence consist of the following parts:

  • A lesson plan which consist of a variety of teaching and learning activities;
  • A short reflection on the execution of one or more teaching activities you have implemented in your lecture

When you’ve completed the two parts of the Proof of Competence, you will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion.

Participants say..

"You can use this MicroLab directly for your own education"

"The meeting encourages interaction"

"Very nice module, especially because it’s short and results-oriented"

Planning

DateTimeLocation
5 July 202213:00-16:00Event room Education Lab
17 October 202213:00-16:00Online
23 January 2023

 

13:00-16:00Online
20 March 202313:00-16:00Online

Signing up for this MicroLab

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In this MicroLab, you will learn how to increase the learning efficiency of small-group lectures and tutorials by using activating teaching methods. This MicroLab consists of one 3-hour workshop with online preparations via Canvas. We will have an interactive workshop where you will experience the effects of activating teaching methods. In addition, we will discuss learning theories and tips and tricks on how you can engage your students in the most efficient way. Further, you will also do a small activity to try out with the group. This MicroLab focuses on small-scale educational meetings with a maximum of circa 30 participants.

Goals / competencies

After participating in this MicroLab, you are able to:

  • Relate the self-determination theory to student engagement
  • Identify the connection between learning objectives and learning activities
  • Formulate dos and don’ts for the teaching challenges related to student activation
  • Select appropriate teaching activities for your tutorial / lesson
  • Develop a lesson plan using activating teaching methods in your educational meeting
  • Reflect on your own strengths and improvements in delivering an activating teaching session

Target group and required prior knowledge

This MicroLab is intended for teachers, PhD students, and tutors who want to use activating teaching methods for small groups, such as in teaching groups, tutorials, and practical meetings. We recommend that you are actively teaching or will be teaching in the upcoming months whilst following this MicroLab. No prior knowledge is required for this MicroLab.

Form and time investment

The MicroLab has a blended character. Participants will start in the online Canvas environment (between 1 to 2 hours), where you will watch videos, read articles, and prepare a short teaching activity for the workshop. The workshop lasts for 3 hours and will be face-to-face. Finally, for the Proof of Competence, we will observe your class for an hour and give feedback on the activation of your students. You will hand in a lesson plan and reflection on the feedback as part of your Proof of Competence. We recommend following this MicroLab when you are actively teaching or will be teaching in the upcoming months.

Assessment and badge

The MicroLab will be completed with a Proof of Competence, which consists of:

  • A lesson plan that includes an activating teaching method;
  • An observation with a Risbo trainer.;
  • Reflection on the execution of a teaching activity in your own education.

You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion, when you have completed all three parts above.

Planning

DateTimeLocation
6 July 202209:30-12:30T5-105
3 October 202209:30-12:30Online
17 January 202309:30-12:30Online
23 March 202309:30-12:30Online

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. EUR teachers can participate for free.

Do you wonder how you can activate your students’ prior knowledge right at the start of a course or introduction of a new concept effectively? Or do you want to get insight in the initial situation of your students to adjust the design of your course or teaching accordingly? In this MicroLab you will learn how to activate and assess the prior knowledge of your students and which interventions you can do according to the level of prior knowledge of your group of students. You will analyze the initial situation of your students, determine the necessary prior knowledge and skills students need to participate in your course and you will develop your own assessment to assess students’ prior knowledge. Next to this, you will learn different teaching and learning activities on how to activate students’ prior knowledge.

Goals/competencies

After following this flash module you will be able to:

  • Identify the necessary prior knowledge / entrance level for your course
  • Measure students’ prior knowledge with (classroom) assessments
  • Create appropriate interventions and supporting materials (in the domains of content, process, product and classroom environment) for your students to close the gap in their prior knowledge

Content, form and time investment    

This MicroLab has a blended format, which means that you can prepare online and  then meet (online) for a session with the trainer. In this session you will get more inspiration on activating prior knowledge, you can discuss your personal case with the trainer and share experiences with other lecturers from different faculties (depending on the number of participants). After the session you will experiment with activating and/or assessing prior knowledge in your course.

The trainer can support you in preparing or reflecting on this experiment. To complete this MicroLab, we will ask you to make a short video showing your activity or intervention and the results.

Proof of Competence

The Microlab will be completed with a video, this is your Proof of Competence, in which you explain:

  • Acquired knowledge, skills and competencies students' need to have to participate in your course.
  • A description of your students’ affective entry characteristics when they enter your course.
  • A description of an implemented assessment to measure students’ prior knowledge.
  • An overview of appropriate teaching methods and supporting materials for your students.

You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion.

Participants say..

"I tried to take more seriously the existing prior knowledge in students and tackle it in the most appropriate fashion"

Planning

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. EUR teachers can participate for free.

Storytelling is an important part of our society and history. It can be used as an educational tool to engage students, spark interest and stimulate critical thinking skills. It creates opportunities for discussion and stimulates a good relationship between teacher and learners.

In this microlab you will craft a personal story that helps you motivate your students and target their attention to the topic or issue you want them to focus on. With the help of theatre techniques you will learn to deliver your story in an inspiring and engaging way.

Goals/competencies

After the completion of the microlab the participant is able to:

  • Craft a relevant and motivating story that supports the purpose of the course or educational session. 
  • Deliver a story with impact during an educational session. 

Target group and required prior knowledge

Targetgroup of this microlab consists of all teachers, tutors or other staff that has to deliver educational sessions, such as tutorials, workshops or lectures. The skill of storytelling can benefit everyone who has to engage and motivate students in all kinds of study programs of the Erasmus University. No prior knowledge is needed.

Content, form and time investment

Based on the content of the online environment for this MicroLab, you will prepare the outline of a personal story.

During the Lab (3,5 hours) you will get the opportunity to craft a personal story for educational purposes. Together with the facilitators and other participants you will (re)design your story in order to get the best alignment with the content of  your course.

 After you have rewritten en finalised your story, it is time to deliver your story in the best way possible. You will practice different theatre techniques in order to deliver your story in the most inspiring way you can!

Proof of Competence

The Microlab will be completed with a Proof of Competence.You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion.

Part 1.  Upload the final written story in the Canvas Learning environment.

Part 2. Upload a reflection report (approx 2 pages) on your delivered story to students. Also include some feedback from students. 

Planning

DateTimeLocation
6 July 202209:30-12:30Event room Education Lab
8 November 202209:30-12:30Event room Education Lab
10 January 202309:30-12:30Event room Education Lab
15 February 202309:30-12:30Event room Education Lab
11 April 202309:30-12:30Event room Education Lab
6 June 202309:30-12:30Event room Education Lab

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. EUR teachers can participate for free.

Escapegame - How to motivate students with gamebased learning elements

Do you also feel challenged to encourage your students via game-based learning? Are you eager to learn about this by playing a game? And are you ready to discover the keys to unlock their motivation using games? Then sign up for this MicroLab! In a playful manner, you will learn practical strategies to use game-based learning in your course. And you will also discover why these strategies are motivating your students at the same time.

In our online escapegame you will solve puzzles to find out different strategies for student motivation. The online escapegame is completely developed within our learning platform Canvas. Therefore, it is a source of inspiration for applying game-based learning elements in your own course.

The MicroLab consists of the online escapegame and a follow-up session in which you elaborate the insights from the game and apply these to your own teaching practice.

Learning goals

After this MicroLab, you are able to:

  • Reflect on the usability of game-based learning to stimulate students’ motivation in your course.
  • Connect the motivational factors to the elements of game-based learning, so that you can stimulate and maintain the motivation of your students through game-based learning.

Proof of Competence

Your Proof of Competence depends on your focus during this MicroLab. You can choose between:

  • developing a (small) game as a learning activity, and a reflection after application
  • developing a (lesson/course) plan to stimulate and sustain your students’ motivation in a teaching session or your course design, and a reflection after application

You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion.

Target group and required prior knowledge

This MicroLab is intended for (junior) teachers with some years of teaching experience who want to learn practical strategies to use game-based learning to motivate their students. No specific prior knowledge is required. The MicroLab is also interesting for more experienced teachers who want to learn more about motivating students via game-based learning.

The online escaperoom will be played in pairs or groups of two or three. It is possible to sign up for an escaperoom session with a colleague. Both must sign up individually.

Content, form, and time investment

This MicroLab consists of an online escapegame and a follow-up debriefing immediately afterwards. The total session will take 2,5/3 hours.

  • In the online escapegame you will try to escape while solving puzzles about motivating strategies.
  • In the follow-up session you will elaborate and apply the insights about motivating students gained in the escapegame to your teaching practice. But most important, ways to implement gamification elements in education will be discussed.
  • After the workshop session you will complete your Proof of Competence

Testimonial

“I liked it very much. I can't believe you can build all of this in Canvas. I am excited to get started myself.”

Planning

DateTimeLocation
5 July 202209:30-12:30Online
25 August 202213:00-16:00Online
4 October 202213:00-16:00Online
14 December 202213:00-16:00Online
6 February 202313:00-16:00Online
13 April 202313:00-16:00Online
12 June 202313:00-16:00Online

*This MicroLab is open for all teacher from the LDE Universities. Teachers from Leiden and Delft can sign up by sending an e-mail to training@risbo.eur.nl.

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. Teachers from EUR, TUD and Leiden University can participate for free.

Want to schedule a session to play the escapegame with your team (minimum of 2 participants, maximum 6)? That is also possible! Contact training@risbo.eur.nl.

Many employees at the Erasmus University will supervise students during their academic career. But how do you supervise students well? This MicroLab will focus on different areas of student supervision and coaching skills, such as giving constructive feedback, active listening, motivating your students, and provides practical models to work with during your supervision.

Target group and required prior knowledge

The MicroLab is intended for lecturers, PhD students, or supervisors who want to improve their coaching skills in supervising students during their writing process. No specific prior knowledge is required.

Goals / competencies

After this MicroLab you are able to apply basic supervision skills to support students in writing their thesis. You are able to:

  • Ask effective questions to stimulate student reflection.
  • Identify students’ needs by (active) listening on deeper levels.
  • Empower your students and provide structure by applying the GROW model.

Content, form and time investment

This MicroLab has a blended format which means you will do preparatory assignments in a Canvas environment which will give you the prior knowledge you need for the MicroLab sessions. There is one session for this MicroLab. The session and preparatory assignments are mandatory. For the preparatory assignments you will watch interactive videos, readings and put forward your own input and experience (if any). During the MicroLab session, we will discuss the input and use different tools to work with the models and content. The MicroLab concludes with a Proof of Competence, in which you show how you will use your new supervising skills in practice. The Proof of Competence can also be found in the Canvas environment and can be made after the MicroLab session. The total time investment is approximately 7 hours (including preparation time, 3 hours MicroLab session, time spend on Proof of Competence).

Assessment and badge

Your Proof of Competence will be assessed by the trainer. You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge, and a HR-registration of completion.

Planning

DateTimeLocation
5 July 202213:00-16:00T5-105
20 October 202213:00-16:00Education Lab
16 November 202209:30-12:30Education Lab
16 January 202309:30-12:30Education Lab
14 March 202309:30-12:30Education Lab

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. EUR teachers can participate for free.

Flipped classroom:

In this Individual Design Lab you will learn how to make an educational video that you can use within your own course. You will make a structure for the video, make a corresponding PowerPoint presentation and record your informational video from your computer. Then, you can use this video in your course.

Target group and required prior knowledge  

This Individual Design Lab is designed for teachers who want to make an educational video for their own course. There is no specific prior knowledge required.

Learning objectives/competencies

After following this Individual Design Lab you will be able to:      

  • Describe the relevance (essential elements) of the structure of your video;
  • Write a didactically correct script for an educational video;
  • Record an educational video from start to finish.

Content, form and time investment    

You will start with the online part, in which you will learn how to make a good structure for your educational video and record it using your laptop. Then, you will create a draft structure and record a short 3-minute video using your laptop. You will receive feedback on your own script and your video. Based on this feedback, you can adapt the structure. Finally, you can record the final video. The total time investment is 8 hours distributed over 2 weeks.

Proof of Competence     

Your Proof of Competence (the educational video including a plan on how you will use it in your course) will be assessed by the trainer. You will get a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR-registration of completion.

Planning

DateTimeLocation
6 July 202213:00-16:00Education Lab DIY Booths
DateLocation
1 September 2022Online
3 October 2022Online
1 November 2022Online
1 December 2022Online
9 January 2023Online
1 February 2023Online
1 March 2023Online
3 April 2023Online
1 May 2023Online
1 June 2023Online

* This is an asynchronous MicroLab. You can plan your time for this yourself. Participants will be contacted in time for an individual appointment.

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. EUR teachers can participate for free.

Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) for the EUR and provides opportunities to activate students online! In this Individual Design Lab you will learn how to design your course in the Canvas LMS using active blended learning. We will guide you with understanding, designing and applying Canvas to enhance the learning experience of your students. By the end of this module you’ve created an interactive and blended redesign of your course in Canvas, using different learning activities.

Target group and required prior knowledge  

This Individual Design Lab is intended for EUR lecturers to redesign their own course. No specific prior knowledge is required.    

Goals/competencies

After following this Individual Design Lab you will be able to:

  • Create a clear course structure based on modules
  • Create active blended learning activities (assignments, quizzes, peer review, discussions)
  • Connect with your students using the various communication tools (discussion, chat, announcements, inbox)

Content, form and time investment 

You will start with the online part in week 1, in which you will become familiar with the possibilities of Canvas and study the theory concerning blended learning. After these activities you will participate in an online individual consult in week 2, during which you will brainstorm and reflect on the learning activities that you can implement in your teaching. In week 3, remote support will be available in case you have any questions about Canvas, these will be answered by the trainers. In week 4, you will record a short video on your Canvas course which allows you to complete the Individual Design Lab. The total time investment is 15 hours distributed over 4 weeks.

Canvas is the new Learning Management System (LMS) for the EUR and provides opportunities to redesign your course. In this MicroLab you will learn how to design your course in the Canvas LMS using active blended learning. We will guide you with understanding, designing and applying Canvas to enhance the learning experience of your students. By the end of this module you’ve created an interactive and blended redesign of your course in Canvas, using different learning activities.

Proof of Competence    

In order to achieve your Proof of Competence, you will illustrate your course outline in week 4 by sharing your screen. You will receive a CLI/Risbo certificate, a LinkedIn badge and a HR registration of completion.

Planning

Signing up for this MicroLab

Click here to sign up for a MicroLab. EUR teachers can participate for free.

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