An overview of possible CPD activities

As a member of UM teaching staff with a UTQ and a teaching load of more than 10% (equivalent to 160 hours per year for a full-time appointment), you are encouraged to reflect upon your development wishes and needs, so that you can plan your CPD.  To help you develop new knowledge and skills relating to your teaching, your faculty as well as various other UM departments, including EDLAB, offer a range of activities that may be relevant for you.

EDLAB activities will be listed on this page as they become available as well as on Facebook or LinkedIn. These are continually being updated, so please check back regularly.  New activities will also be communicated via your faculty CPD coordinators.  Activities and support for teaching staff available from other UM departments are also listed below.

In addition to taking part in formal training activities, you may want to develop your own activities with colleagues, or undertake CPD in a more informal manner.  This is fine so long as it suits your development plan and is approved by your manager or faculty CPD coordinator.  Your CPD should also be relevant to the teaching competences outlined in this document. Note that standard duties (staff meetings or compulsory training as part of a regular teaching role) are not considered as CPD.

Upcoming activities

Please note that the funding for EDLAB’s CPD activities only covers UM teaching staff with a UTQ and a teaching load of more than 160 hours per year.  This is because teaching staff who have not yet completed their UTQ have the opportunity to develop by following this trajectory first within your faculties.  All UM staff (those with teaching as well as non-teaching positions) are also able to follow courses offered by the UM Staff Career Centre.  For more information about Continuing Professional Development and who it’s for, see

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CPD Interactive Reflection Session: From Offline to Online and Back Again... | 28 September 2021

The move from offline to online education in 2020/2021 wasn’t easy, but we did it! We’ve learnt to facilitate effective online-, blended- and sometimes even hybrid education. Despite our successes, it is also a huge relief to be able to step back into the physical classrooms this year. But should everything we learnt from online education now be placed to one side, to be forgotten? Join this interactive reflection session on 28 September to discuss your questions, expectations and ideas with fellow UM teachers on going back to on site education.
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Online Workshop: Course Design for Student Engagement | 7 October 2021

Course design for student engagement: What we can learn from motivational theories. When designing a course we are not only deciding on the content, we are also taking decision on how we want to organise the course. Motivational theories entail many indications on how to organise a course in order to foster student engagement. This session is all about digging deeper into theories for student engagement and sharing best practices.
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Videos in Education - From concept to finished product | 7 and 26 October 2021

Not only during online education, also now, as we return to the face-to-face lecture and tutorial format, the use of video can replace transmission of knowledge from your lecture hall or classroom and enhance interactivity during contact time. If you want to create your own educational videos, this workshop series will prepare you to make a successful start.
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Online CPD workshop: Skills Training for On-camera Teaching | 28 October 2021

This practical training is designed for UM teaching staff who would like to improve their on‑camera teaching skills for a variety of online and remote education scenarios. Because this is a small-group session, you will also have the opportunity to practise and get direct feedback from our trainer, Julian Dismore. Julian is an award winning TV series producer & director who has produced over forty primetime series for various broadcasters, including BBC1, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Netflix and Sky.
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CPD workshop: Grade Analysis | 10 November 2021

Teaching staff employ a variety of tools during their courses to ensure their assessments are transparent, valid and reliable. But what happens after these courses have finished, when all assignments have been submitted and all grading has been completed? In this workshop we’ll discuss real cases and go through numerous examples to give you an idea of what you can glean from such data and become better informed about the quality of assessment in your departments.
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Read to succeed: Professional Development Book Club

EDLAB is looking to start a book group as part of our CPD offering. We will start off by reading “Education in the Open Society – Karl Popper and Schooling” by Richard Bailey and discussing the relevance of this book for our (CCCS) educational philosophy. This activity is open to all UM teaching staff who are eligible for CPD.
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Digital Exams: Ask-Me-Anything Sessions | Various dates

The AMA sessions are aimed at experienced users of TestVision, but anyone is welcome to join! Do you have specific or advanced questions on digital assessment and TestVision? Or did you take the workshop and have further questions? Then join the digital exams experts at the University Library via Zoom at an upcoming session.
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Open Call: Your educational expertise wanted!

Are you experienced in teaching at UM and are you always trying out new things in the classroom? Do you have experience designing education, coordinating courses and coaching students and fellow teachers? If so it may be good to know that we often look for knowledgeable teaching staff to share their insights with others during CPD activities.
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Honours+ is looking for Supervisors!

The Honours+ program is looking for Supervisors that are interested to supervise a group of talented and motivated second year bachelor students from various faculties executing a team challenge. These challenges are problems and topics based on the Dutch National Research Agenda and the UN 2030 SDG’s.
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UM Teacher Reflection and Recharge week | Winter Edition

We are planning to offer various online and on-campus activities for free to our UM teaching staff in order to reflect and recharge after the start of a new academic year. Our intention is to offer these activities halfway through the academic year of 2021-2022. For more information and to keep up to date:
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Online CPD resources


EDLAB's Webinars and Knowledge Clips

Here you can find our recordings of our webinars as well as our our CPD knowledge clips on online teaching.
EDLAB's online resources
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UM resources for online education

For support with your online, blended or hybrid education, the UM has set up a host of digital facilities, as well as tips & tricks to support you.
Tools for teaching staff
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Canvas Support Portal

Would you like to get more out of UM’s digital education and assessment tools? Then you can access various manuals, video’s, tips and tricks on the use of Canvas via the “Canvas Support Portal” offered by the University Library.
Visit the Canvas Support Portal

Making information literacy part of academic skills development

Information is everywhere around us: from (digital) books and articles to social media notifications and videos. Students need the skills to navigate through such an information jungle. That’s why the University Library together with EDLAB, have created a framework to support you in developing your students’ information literacy skills during your courses. Check out out the resources available here.
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Online Coaching Modules - UM Career Services and UM Psychologists

UM Career Services and UM Psychologists have designed and developed several online modules to support staff members in their coaching and/or supervising role such as mentors, coaches and tutors. These modules contain theory and coaching models. However, above all they contain many practical tips, tools and exercises to develop your most essential coaching skills and competences. The modules can be found in Canvas and are accessible to all UM employees via self-enroll.
Enroll in Coaching Modules

Other sources of UM training and support

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The UM Diversity & Inclusivity Office

UM’s D&I Office are working on a number of new activities to help our staff to foster an inclusive and effective learning environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued.
Support from the UM D&I Office

The University Library

The University Library offers a wealth of skills training and advice on blended learning, tools to enhance activated learning and support for Canvas. You can also find more support for digital assessment including TestVision.
Support from the UM Library

UM Career Services & UM Psychologists

Our UM Career Services & UM Psychologists offer online modules and face-to-face training for UM teaching staff, helping you to be a better coach to your students, be better able to advise your students in their employability or well-being options, and to be able to identify when students may need additional support.
Support from the UM Career Services & UM Psychologists
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The Language Centre

The UM Language Centre offers training for staff on delivering effective English-Medium Instruction (EMI). This focuses on how you can communicate more effectively with students from diverse backgrounds. This training gives teachers the chance to share experiences, discuss good practices and learn better communication strategies that are relevant for the UM’s international classroom.
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Contact us!

If you’d like to share your experiences, questions, ideas or suggestions regarding CPD with us then please feel free to contact us directly via: