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 activities are listed below along with the registration links but please note that these are continually being added to, so please check back regularly to find our most up to date offering. You can also follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn for real-time updates.

If you have ideas or requests for other training opportunities you would like to see in the future, please let us know by e-mailing

EDLAB is represented by a CPD coordinator in every faculty. If you have any questions about the CPD programme or specific CPD activities, do not hesitate to contact the CPD coordinator of your faculty.

Please note that this programme is intended for UM employees involved in the delivery of education and is not open to students or those who have not yet completed their University Teaching Qualification (UTQ / BKO).

Upcoming CPD activities (2019-2020)

October 2019

Fostering students' employability, wellbeing and resilience


Are you responsible for advising, mentoring or supervising individual students? 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.

EDConsult: Constructive Alignment

24 October 2019 | 11:00 – 12:00h

Drop-in to this informal consultation session to get feedback or clarification on all elements of constructive alignment: Writing intended learning outcomes, how you can chose aligned assessment methods, completing or creating your assessment plans, improving transparency in your block books or course manuals, and preparing curriculum maps e.g. You can also request advice on drafting appropriate assessment criteria, grading forms or rubrics for your assignments.

November 2019

EDLunch: Assessing the 'I' in Groupwork

5 November 2019 | 12:00 – 13:30h

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. Are you always aware of everyone’s role and contribution to the group, what should you do when students do not equally contribute and how can you take this into consideration in the assessment? With input from experts from all UM faculties, EDLAB developed a guide on how to construct and assess groupwork within the UM learning environment and how to monitor the individual contribution in groupwork.

Creating and using rubrics for assessment

12 November 2019 | 10:00 – 12:00h

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.

Item-writing workshop for written knowledge exams

13 November 2019 | 09:00 – 12:00h

Are your responsible for writing exam questions or constructing written exams? During this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to acquire or refresh your knowledge of different types of question and answer formats. We will discuss and apply the guidelines for written knowledge exams. You’ll learn to write, review and improve test items for knowledge testing and benefit from peer review during a dynamic item-writing session.

IDS Workshop: Data Science for Non-Data Scientists

13 November 2019 | 15:00 – 17.00h

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 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.

Education that Moves You: an Introduction to Standing Tutorials

19 November 2019 | 09:00 – 11:00h

Our Education that Moves You initiative aims to turn the classroom into a more dynamic space to improve the student learning experience during tutorials.  Standing tutorials can create a more active and lively environment and be a healthier way to experience education. Every UM faculty has its own standing tutorial room and we are here to offer advice on how best to use this kind of space in your teaching and also offer workshops on this topic.

EDLunch: Educating how to detect bullshit

19 November 2019 | 12:00 – 13:30h

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.

December 2019

Workshop Coaching Skills

2 December 2019 | 13:30 – 15:30h

UM Career Services supports you to support your students on topics of employability and well-being. This module is designed to train mentors, coaches and tutors on coaching and mentoring skills. Participants are staff in a mentoring or coaching role, e.g. in bachelor, master or honours programmes. In this 2-hour workshop we will explore the main differences between teaching, mentoring and coaching. We will take stock of the main competencies and skills used in coaching and explore a coaching model. But first and foremost you will get room to practise your coaching skills with real-life examples of situations that matter to you.

Introduction of Jupyter Notebooks

2 December 2019 | 14:00 – 16:00h

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. 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’ engagement, participation, understanding, performance and preparation for their career.

Managing Group / Team Dynamics

17 December 2019 | 09:30 – 13:30h

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.

January 2020

Workshop Grade Analysis

22 January 2020 | 10:00 – 12:00h

Making fair judgments and setting fair assessments of student performance is a challenging task for teaching staff.  From clearly communicated learning goals, grading criteria, answer keys, assessment plans and rubrics, 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?  At this point it is still essential to conduct item and grade analysis to consider the meaning behind test results and make further improvements to assessments in the future.  As an examiner, what can student results tell you? Are the scores higher than expected, are more students failing than usual, is the distribution of results non-Gaussian, should certain patterns in the data instantly ring alarm bells or can we really read anything into this at all?  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.

Previous CPD activities (pilot period)

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Our CPD Team

Dr Donna Carroll

Educational Training Developer

+31 43 388 5165

Veerle Heslenfeld

Junior Coordinator Educational Services

+31 43 388 39 87