Utrecht Education Incentive Fund: Accepted projects in 2018

The Executive Board allocates funds to four new Utrecht Education Incentive Fund (USO) projects that will enrich Utrecht education.

Deeper learning via online peer feedback

This project will develop a validated peer feedback method with a view to deep learning in higher education. The innovative aspect is the extra step to be added, which is having students review the feedback that they have received, thus giving feedback on feedback. This method will be implemented and its effectiveness studied in at least six pilots at the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Humanities and University College Utrecht (UCU). A Peer Feedback learning track revolving around academic dialogue will be developed at three levels.

Contact: Fred Wiegant

CLIKCS: Co-creating Health Information Knowledge Clips for Society

CLIKCS is a multidisciplinary educational project in which students from various degree programmes create knowledge clips and web texts to serve as online public educational material. This teaching method is innovative, connects students to society, is interdisciplinary and teaches students about using digital means to disseminate knowledge. Medical students will learn about communicating with patients, while students studying Communication and Information Sciences will learn about digital communication in co-creation with patients.

Contact: Joost Frenkel

THERMOS: TeacHERs MOnitoring their Students

THERMOS will contribute to creating a learning environment that provides students with optimum support by improving their approach to their studies. In this project, information on how students study (study behaviour) and how they experience the learning environment (study experience) are integrated with data on study progress (OSIRIS). As part of this process, students may receive support from tutors and study advisors. THERMOS will also help these tutors and study advisors to monitor and support students' study behaviour, experience and progress, thereby aiding in their dialogue with students. If information is aggregated to the group level, lecturers can be informed about the learning environment within their course in its entirety.

Contact: Marieke van der Schaaf

Select-UU: a stimulus for selection practice

This project is intended to improve the selection procedures at UU by developing reliable instruments to use, which suit the specific skills required for a degree programme (alignment). A major challenge in this regard is to develop instruments for the selection of higher cognitive skills that align with educational objectives.

Contact: Sebastiaan Steenman

Community-based research for the Humanities

This project uses community-based research (CBR) in the humanities to enhance students’ societal engagement and enrich their understanding of the social relevance of their education. A collaboration of the Faculty of Humanities and UCU, the project helps students do thesis research with stakeholder organizations in Utrecht to co-create knowledge that is meaningful for the community. The programme includes interdisciplinary courses to prepare students for this enterprise, establishes learning communities to support students in carrying out CBR projects, and provides opportunities for students to share their work with the community and their peers by publishing in a yearbook and presenting at a public symposium.

Contact: Jocelyn Ballantyne