Dear Honours+ Supervisor,
Thank you for your interest in joining the Honours+ community this year. We are very excited to be organizing Honours+ programme for the 4th year, for an expanding group of motivated 2nd year bachelor students.
Honours+ is the Common Core for all faculty honours programmes. In Honours+, 2nd-year bachelor students (1st year honours students) are challenged to work on an academic and interesting assignment (the so-called challenge) in groups of 8-10 students from six different faculties.
Honours+ is organized by EDLAB, the Maastricht Institute for Education Innovation. Besides working on their interdisciplinary challenge, the students will partake in a series of workshops to work on their academic and professional skills.
If you have an academic issue or case you would like an interdisciplinary team of excellent Honours+ students to tackle or explore? And would you enjoy being an Honours+ Supervisor for this case or issue? Then send in your assignment proposals before October 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your contribution is highly appreciated and we are looking forward to a successful Honours+ year together.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Honours+!
The Honours+ Central Management Team
Honours+ Group Challenge & Role of Supervisor
In Honours+, the students will work throughout the course of 6 months (November until Mid-May) on a group challenge with an interdisciplinary team of approximately 8-10 students, under the guidance of the Supervisor.
The challenges can vary greatly in subject, but are linked to the 3 core research themes of UM’s strategic programme 2017-2021:
- Europe & a Globalizing world;
- Quality of Life;
- Learning & Innovation;
A true Honours+ challenge:
- Is a challenging, academic and current case, issue or problem, with practical/societal relevance;
- Is linked to UM’s three core research themes;
- Pushes students outside their comfort zone;
- Calls for an innovative solution, exploration or approach;
- Allows and facilitates an interdisciplinary approach, with an equal input of the involved disciplines;
- Requires a time investment of 125 hours per student;
- Can be approached along the lines of the scientific method.
- Because of the interdisciplinary character of Honours+, the main role of the Supervisor is to monitor an equal input from and interaction between the various disciplines and guarantee sufficient challenge and academic depth.
- The Supervisor doesn’t necessarily have knowledge to a detailed level on all disciplines, but needs to stimulate the students themselves to create links between the various disciplines in the team.
- Furthermore, throughout Honours+, the Supervisor will support the team in planning, developing, and completing the challenge. The Supervisor does not take over the role of the team leader. The students will be instructed to appoint a team leader in their team.
- The Supervisor takes the role of steering and guiding the group and provides a safe learning environment.
- The Supervisor also initiates and chairs the team’s kick-off meeting and midterm feedback session.
The main concern of the Honours+ Supervisor should be the student’s learning experience. Which is why we would like to avoid a very strong personal interest of a Supervisor with his/hers proposed challenge, when it might lead to over involvement, limitation of students’ ownership and overtaking the role of a team leader in the group.
More detailed information about the role of the Supervisor will be included in the digital course manual for Supervisors, and a free training on team dynamics will be provided.
Because of the supporting role of the Supervisor and the safe learning environment he/she provides within Honours+, we require the Supervisor:
- To be physically present in Maastricht during November-May to regularly attend team meetings and be available for questions the students might have. We also recommend Supervisors to be on occasions available during some evenings, to help to facilitate team meetings;
- To help to get the team off to a good start, we require all Supervisors to be present as well during the Honours+ Kick-off on Tuesday 31.10.2017, 18.00-21.00 hrs. Prior to the Kick-Off, there will be an introductory meeting from 17.00-18.00, to inform Supervisors on more practical issues relating to the programme;
- To attend training on Team Dynamics which are being organized on two different occasions, (Wednesday 07.11.18, 09.00-12.45 hrs. and Tuesday 13.11.2018, 12.00-15.45 hrs.) to support Supervisors in guiding the team and their learning process.
Honours+ defines general guidelines for the outcomes of the group challenge. The further refinement of the style of the academic report needs to be defined in close interaction between Supervisor and students. Honours+ requires the following outcome:
- Academic report, that:
- displays an interdisciplinary understanding of the researched subject;
- contains between 6000-8000 words;
- is written in accordance with the APA guideline;
- Based on the outcome of the scientific exploration of the team challenge, each team proposes their personal, innovative idea for a team contribution in solving/improving/enhancing (or getting closer to solving/improving/enhancing) the explored topic, issue or problem, and presents it during the Closing Event. The best ideas will win a grant of € 500 to further explore and develop their proposal.
For the assessment of the outcome, an assessment rubric will be offered to the Supervisors. The main variables in this rubric are relevance, creativity, logic, added value or novelty of insight and suggestions, applicability and communication. Students will be assessed by the Supervisor both on their team performance and their individual performance and input, to avoid freeloading within the teams as much as possible.
For supervising the team of students the Supervisor will receive 30 hours. The standard compensation fee is € 75 per hour. The financial administrator of EDLAB will contact your department’s controller to accommodate the transfer of the compensation to the right UM budget numbers at the end of Honours+, following the faculty regulations in this.
Handbook & Documents
Questions for Central Management?
Do you have an interesting idea for an Honours+ challenge and are you interested in being an Honours+ Supervisor?
Please contact us through email@example.com, if you are interested in handing in an Honours+ challenge and being a Supervisor.