Education That Moves You
Education That Moves You aims to turn the classroom into a more dynamic space to improve the learning experiences of students during tutorials. At EDLAB we are interested to see how standing could be beneficial in creating a more active environment where discussions become more lively and inspiring. Although attention has been drawn to the health risks of sitting for years, the influence on learning should be explored more. In collaboration with a Taskforce Learning Space and Professor Evolving Academic Education Hans Savelberg we are measuring the effectiveness of innovative furniture and experimental whiteboards. We are also building an advisory board of tutors focusing on this project. So far we have implemented ten standing tutorials a week at University College Maastricht and the Maastricht Science Programme.
You see that the discussion remains lively. Students feel free to come up to the whiteboard to make notes.
The local news portal L1 discusses Education That Moves You in an episode of the series 'Avondgasten'
Less fatigue, tension, confusion, and depression, and more vigor, energy, focus and happiness
Got a meeting.. Take a walk! By getting out of your box, you will start thinking out of the box.
“The stand-up tutorials were absolutely amazing! These quite ‘revolutionary’ tutorials were much more efficient than the usual ones:
- Everyone was involved in some degree, and there was no awkward silence as […] in [other] tutorials.
- The fact that the most important part of the learning goal was already written down on the board made it easier to discuss the learning goal (whereas in regular tutorial, discussion gets slowed down because the scribe tries to write down every single word that is being said, and the whole discussion turns more into a dictation).
- Every tutorial was combined with presentation-skills, because the learning goal had to be presented to the peers.
- The pre-discussions, although often very short because of time pressure, were my favourite part of the tutorials. The dividing of the tutorial group into groups of 3-4 people made brain storming much more effective in my opinion, and even people that tend to be shy in big groups could actively participate. Plus, the fact that 3 different groups were brainstorming independently on the same topic lead to different outcomes. Every group focused on different parts, which leads to the same result as if you would do the same tutorial 3 times as one big group. This three-in-one brainstorming lead to clusters and learning goals of a much higher quality than the usual tutorials.”