UM.online

UM.online

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Participate in the UM.online student survey now!

Use your chance and make your voice heard.

If you are a student who is interested in sharing your experiences with your online education and wants to impact the future of education at UM, we would love to hear your experiences in the 15-minute UM.online student survey. We are collecting your experiences in the survey until June 8.

Are you interested in sharing your experiences in a focus group? In June, we will conduct focus groups (approximately 90 to 120 minutes) for further insight into the survey questions, as well as a few additional topics. Your participation is highly valued as it gives us more qualitative insights into your experience, thus allowing for a richer data collection.

If you would like to participate, please leave your e-mail address at the end of the survey or contact Walter Jansen (EDLAB).

The effects of the global health crisis have a profound impact on the educational reality at Maastricht University. Employees demonstrate great flexibility and innovative spirit in the manner in which they have moved education online. This unparalleled collective learning process that the teachers, students and support staff have embarked upon is expected to provide inspiration for innovating educational practice after the crisis is over.

What can we learn from these experiences in order to make sure our future education remains in line with UM’s educational vision, founded upon the principles of Problem-Based Learning? What works well and enhances our educational approach? What can be useful in UM’s educational practice in the future? Equally, what does not work well or is more difficult? What is lost in an online educational context?

The effects of the global health crisis have a profound impact on the educational reality at Maastricht University. Employees demonstrate great flexibility and innovative spirit in the manner in which they have moved education online. This unparalleled collective learning process that the teachers, students and support staff have embarked upon is expected to provide inspiration for innovating educational practice after the crisis is over.

What can we learn from these experiences in order to make sure our future education remains in line with UM’s educational vision, founded upon the principles of Problem-Based Learning? What works well and enhances our educational approach? What can be useful in UM’s educational practice in the future? Equally, what does not work well or is more difficult? What is lost in an online educational context?

What is UM.online?

UM.online is a research project executed by the six UM faculties, EDLAB and Academic Affairs.

The project aims to capture this collective experience, in order to provide recommendations for a possibly more digital future of education at UM. It builds upon the EDview project, that encourages further exploration into the topic of technology to support learning.

The project team will collect and analyse information about the individual learners, the experiences of UM students and staff with online education, and the context in which learning takes place. This includes learning in- and outside the classroom, wellbeing, social dimensions, engagement, and ICT.

What are our methods?

UM.online uses a mixed-methods approach in order to gain a broad and deep insight into the experiences with online education in the global health crisis.

Different UM stakeholders are invited to share their experiences, which are ultimately synthesised into a final report to be published in fall 2020.

We are gathering qualitative and quantitative data by means of:

  • A general survey to all UM students
  • Focus groups with UM students and teachers
  • Course evaluation surveys (by the faculties)
  • Tutor evaluation surveys (by the faculties)
  • Course coordinator evaluation surveys (by the faculties)