Are you looking for inspiration in your teaching and would like the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others? At EDLAB our goal is to provide you with various opportunities to develop new knowledge and skills relevant to your education, in collaboration with other UM teaching staff.
Our new CPD catalogue is currently under development ready for the official launch in September 2019. Earlier this year we piloted some new activities, an overview of which is given here. Please come back and visit this page again at a later date to see what new events we have planned for the next academic year. In the meantime, if you have ideas for other training opportunities you would like to see in the future, please let us know by emailing edlab-edservices@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Upcoming CPD activities (2019-2020)

Creating and using rubrics for assessment

17 September 2019

Rubrics and scoring sheets can make the assessment process more consistent, transparent and easier for you as an instructor and assessor. They can also help you to provide effective feedback to students. But there are so many different types of grading sheets and rubric designs to choose from, how do you know which would suit your assignments and students the best? This workshop offers you the opportunity to test out and evaluate a few different rubric types, discuss your needs and consider which types of rubrics suit your courses. Tips about rubric development, their implementation and scoring will be discussed and there will be time to share practical experiences within the group.

Introduction of Jupyter Notebooks for Teaching Staff

20 September 2019

Are you interested in improving your students’ understanding of course content? Do you want to increase student engagement with material and their participation in class? Would you like to make concepts more meaningful and relevant to students’ diverse interests? Then this workshop on Jupyter Notebooks is perfect for you!Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text. The goal of this workshop is to provide you with ideas to help you address your own instructional and pedagogical goals.Through a series of scientific and educational use cases and a hands-on session we will illustrate how you, as a teacher, can use Jupyter notebooks to increase your students’ 1) engagement, 2) participation, 3) understanding, 4) performance, and 5) preparation for their career.

IDS Think Tank on Innovation in Education

2 October 2019

Data science is a growing and promising discipline that has impacted various domains, including higher education. In an effort to empower more data-driven thinking and to innovate education by using data science tools to help educators and students, we are excited to announce a first Thinktank to explore opportunities for innovations for education driven by data science. The goal of this meeting is for educators across the university and IDS colleagues to introduce themselves and brainstorm on innovations for education driven by data science.

Fostering students’ employability, wellbeing and resilience

22 October 2019

Are you responsible for advising, mentoring or supervising individual students?  If so, you know that this can be a rewarding but sometimes challenging roll to fill.  For example, do you always know the best place for you or your students to turn to for extra support in developing student employability, wellbeing and resilience skills?  In this interactive workshop we will introduce you to UM Career Services & UM Psychologists and their services for students who can help directly with these aspects and more.

EDLunch: Assessing the ‘I’ in groupwork (new EDLAB guide)

5 November 2019

Groupwork can be a rich learning experience for students in PBL, helping them to develop new skills and improve their group performance through related assessments and feedback. For teaching staff however, it often remains a challenge both to keep track of what is happening in a group and how to facilitate the process in the best way. For example, are you always aware of everyone’s role and contribution to the group, what should you do when students do not equally contribute (so-called free-riding) and how can you take this into consideration in the assessment? With input from experts from all UM faculties, EDLAB has developed a guide on how to construct and assess groupwork within the Maastricht University learning environment and how to monitor the individual contribution in groupwork specifically.

Creating and using rubrics for assessment

12 November 2019

Rubrics and scoring sheets can make the assessment process more consistent, transparent and easier for you as an instructor and assessor. They can also help you to provide effective feedback to students. But there are so many different types of grading sheets and rubric designs to choose from, how do you know which would suit your assignments and students the best? This workshop offers you the opportunity to test out and evaluate a few different rubric types, discuss your needs and consider which types of rubrics suit your courses. Tips about rubric development, their implementation and scoring will be discussed and there will be time to share practical experiences within the group.

IDS Workshop: Data Science for Non-Data Scientists

13 November 2019

Data science is an interdisciplinary field of scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms, either structured or unstructured. Learning the trends related to data-driven technologies and understanding the rationale behind the data science pipeline are becoming important in a society increasingly driven by decision making based on data and algorithms.  This workshop, helped to define Data Sciences further and discuss the applications among different fields including education.

EDLunch: Educating how to detect bullshit

19 November 2019

What is bullshit? What is the difference between misinformation and disinformation? What is the impact of fake news? And how do we educate the detection of bullshit? During this EDLunch, the first part will entail a “Bullshit-quiz”. How well are you able to detect bullshit which is presented in the media? Do you know about the eduational myths? How do students critically evaluate information? In the second part, we will discuss the quiz results and how you could potentially use ‘bullshit’ in your teaching practice.

Managing group / team dynamics

17 December 2019

Why do some student groups/teams run smooth and efficiently while others seem to get stuck in miscommunication, conflict and frustration? Most of the time, the answers can be found in the group or team dynamics. These are the relationships and often, unconscious behavioural patterns between group members that impact the team’s conduct and performance. Now how do you work with these dynamics in a way that enhances team collaboration and performance? What are the main challenges that you are confronted with and how do you manage them? And what do you need to know about your self in managing these processes? If you are UM teaching staff, working with groups or teams of students, be it in tutorials, projects, skills sessions, internships or in lab work, or if you are planning to do so in the near future, this workshop might be of interest to you. The workshop is highly interactive, experiential and practical.

Creating and using rubrics for assessment

4 February 2020

Rubrics and scoring sheets can make the assessment process more consistent, transparent and easier for you as an instructor and assessor. They can also help you to provide effective feedback to students. But there are so many different types of grading sheets and rubric designs to choose from, how do you know which would suit your assignments and students the best? This workshop offers you the opportunity to test out and evaluate a few different rubric types, discuss your needs and consider which types of rubrics suit your courses. Tips about rubric development, their implementation and scoring will be discussed and there will be time to share practical experiences within the group.

Rubric Writing Clinic

10 February 2020

In the Introductory Workshop on Rubrics various different elements which you need to consider in creating and using rubrics were discussed. From the performance levels or rating scales and criteria descriptions to the scoring systems employed, the choices to be made are vast. Now that you’ve had the time to learn the theory, we offer you the chance to write your own rubrics together will colleagues who can also help provide feedback and ideas. This session will be facilitated by a UM assessment expert and will provide the opportunity to share your ideas and gather the opinions of others going through a similar process to you.

Previous CPD activities (pilot period)

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Our CPD Team

Dr Donna Carroll

Educational Training Developer

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Veerle Heslenfeld

Junior Coordinator: Educational Services