Dear Honours+ Supervisor,
Thank you for joining the Honours+ community this year. We are very excited to be organizing Honours+ programme for the 2nd year in a new design. This design has been realized based on the feedback received from students, the coordinators of the faculty honours programmes and EDLAB.
We are looking forward to a successful, educational and fun Honours+ 2016-2017 season together!
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 in groups of 8-10 students from five different faculties. Honours+ is organized by EDLAB, the Maastricht Institute for Education Innovation. Besides the assignment, the students will partake in a series of workshops to work on their academic and professional skills.
We wish you an inspiring Honours+ experience!
The Honours+ Central Management Team
Honours+ Group Assignment & Role of Supervisor
In Honours+, the students will work throughout the course of 6 months (Mid-December until Mid-May) on a group assignment with an interdisciplinary team of approximately 6-10 students, under the guidance of the Supervisor. Although the assignments can vary greatly in subject, we can define them in general to have the following characteristics.
A true Honours+ assignment
- Is a challenging, academic case, question or issue;
- Pushes students outside their comfort zone;
- Calls for an innovative solution, exploration or approach;
- Allows and facilitates an interdisciplinary approach;
- Requires a time investment of 100 hours per student.
Because of the interdisciplinary character of Honours+, the main role of the Supervisor is to monitor an equal input from the various disciplines (students).
Furthermore, throughout Honours+, the Supervisor will support the team in planning, developing, and completing the assignment. The Supervisor guides the team through the process, based on the phases for Creative Problem Solving.
The Supervisor does not take over the role of the team leader. The students are to appoint a team leader amongst themselves. The Supervisor solely takes the role of steering and guiding the group to the agreed upon assignment.
The Supervisor is also responsible for assessing the group assignment and as such, the team’s performance. The final report and the video will be assessed on 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.
Honours+ defines general guidelines for the outcomes of the assignment. The further refinement of these outcomes needs to be defined in close interaction between Supervisor and students. The Supervisor will guide the student team through the assignment, based on structured team sessions according the four phases of Creative Problem Solving.
Honours+ requires two sorts of outcomes
1) An academic report that could have the following structure:
- Reflection on the subject per discipline (2 pages) with a minimum of 4 references/sources.
- Reflection on the discussions where disciplines meet (2-4 pages).
- Recommendations for future research or a concrete project proposal (2-4 pages
2) A video (5-10 minutes) in which the student teams reflect on their learning process and present their results/findings/conclusions/recommendations to the larger academic community.
Handbook & Documents
Crash Course Creativity Supervisors
Questions for Central Management?
Do you have an interesting idea for an Honours+ assignment and are you interested in being an Honours+ Supervisor?
Please inform your faculty coordinator if you are interested in Supervising an Honours+ Assignment. And, if you would have a great idea for a specific assignment, this is of course also possible. Please contact your faculty coordinator to discuss your ideas.