Utrecht members Comenius network

The Comenius network is the national platform for educational innovators and part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The members have been appointed because they have received a NRO Comenius grant or because they have been nominated for the ISO (Dutch National Student Association) Lecturer of the Year Award

Members of the Comenius Network
New members 2019

Niels Bovenschen - Comenius Teaching Fellow 2019

Translational Medicine is a biomedical science that aims to translate scientific research into improvements in patient care and vice versa. This requires interaction between biomedical scientists, doctors, clinician scientists and patients. In order to enable this collaboration, the Faculty of Medicine is developing a curriculum-based, interdisciplinary biomedical laboratory elective for Bachelor's students within a research-based learning framework.

Tom Frijns - Comenius Teaching Fellow 2019

Unlike traditional cognitive approaches, UU is developing a training module which uses a strategy that improves students' intercultural skills. This creates an inclusive, collaborative classroom environment. The module is designed to improve the 21st century skills (e.g. intercultural communication and collaboration) and the general learning skills of students on the international Social, Health and Organisational Psychology Master's.

Margot Koster - nominated for the ISO Lecturer of the Year Award 2019

Margot Koster is teacher and programme director of the Bachelor programme Biology. Her ambition is to educate students to become future-proof biologists, and to motivate them and make them aware of the importance of academic knowledge for society. Furthermore, she would like to continue to develop herself as a teacher and does academic research into the effects of educational innovations in her teaching.

Gery Nijenhuis - Comenius Senior Fellow 2019

The purpose of this project is to improve the intercultural competences of students. Among the tools being deployed to this end is an interactive app that offers case studies representing fieldwork situations, along with the development of corresponding assignments. Lecturers are able to supervise students during discussion and reflection in the international classes – before, during and after the fieldwork. The content of the app is based on real-life cases from students who conducted fieldwork in previous years.

Bert Weckhuysen - Comenius Teaching Fellow 2019

Sustainable development and the transition to circular economies calls for a partnership between society, science and technology. Academic education must produce a new generation of transdisciplinary professionals who, together with stakeholders, can come up with innovative solutions. The Da Vinci project challenges third-year Bachelor's students to go beyond the boundaries between scientific disciplines through a learning-by-doing approach.

Tineke Westerveld - Comenius Senior Fellow 2019

The implementation of interprofessional education, in which ‘students from two or more different professions learn from, with and about one another in order to improve the cooperation and quality of health care’, as yet leaves much to be desired. The development of a training course on interprofessional feedback for medical and nursing students is intended to provide a solution. This feedback training will help students establish an individual interprofessional learning objective for themselves, which they can then work to achieve during their clinical work placements. This ultimately promotes cooperation between (future) healthcare professionals down the road.

Fred Wiegant - Comenius Senior Fellow 2019

Utrecht University is developing a learning track on learning to think and work in interdisciplinary fashion, consisting of assignments, teaching methods and focused reflection exercises. This innovative learning track is based on good practices, the experiences of researchers in interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships and the experiences of Master's students in interdisciplinary professional practice. Its objective is to ensure students are well-prepared for the dynamic multi and interdisciplinary working environment of the future.

New members 2018

Tom Damen – Comenius Teaching Fellow 2018

Time to listen: using podcasts as learning tools – Utrecht University's Work and Organisational Psychology programme is using podcasts as a tool for learning. The educational podcasts are included in the curriculum as a kind of personalised e-learning. The University hopes that this will make the learning more challenging for students and will allow them to link learning to their personal interests.

Hanna Mulder – Comenius Teaching Fellow 2018

The pedagogical practical assignment - Often, students of pedagogy don't feel properly prepared for professional practice and don't make the link between theory and practice. So, first-year students of pedagogy at Utrecht University have to complete a practical assignment in which they work on issues from professional practice (e.g. from local authorities, youth services organisations, family support services, schools). Students take part in networks with experts from professional practice and academia. They observe professional practice, undertake an academic analysis and an analysis of the debate within society, come up with an evidence-based recommendation and link it back to professional practice.

Haza Rahim – nominated for the ISO Lecturer of the Year Award 2018

In 2016, Haza Rahim was awarded Utrecht University's Teacher Talent Award 2015-2016. In her teaching, she focuses on students' personal development and always tries to see things from their perspective and understand what motivates them. She also tries to make difficult topics like statistics interesting. She also believes that it's important to be aware of the cultural sensitivity and social engagement of her students.

Ghislaine van Thiel – Comenius Teaching Fellow 2018

Narrative medicine – medical students can improve their listening and observation skills by studying literary and personal narratives. Narrative medicine also improves their ability to empathise and prepares them for conversations with future patients. That's why the University Medical Center Utrecht is keen to include narrative medicine in the curriculum.

Sabine Uijl – Comenius Senior Fellow 2018

Student ownership at UCU; redesign of a personalized curriculum – University College Utrecht wants to enable students to make their own choices within the curriculum through an enhanced, personalised digital education system and an upgraded tutor system. This will make students more aware of how they learn and will allow them to link their personal goals to the learning objectives.

New members 2017

Marc van Mil – ISO Lecturer of the Year 2017

Marc van Mil was awarded Utrecht University's Teacher Talent Award 2013-2013 and was national Lecturer of the Year in 2017. As Associate Professor of Biomedical Genetics, Marc lectures on DNA within the Biomedical Sciences programme and also gives public lectures on DNA. Together with Annelien Bredenoord, he conducts research around how education must take into account the social impact of biomedical technologies.