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Welcome to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog!

Teaching and learning are at the heart of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS). Revolving around the principles of Problem-Based Learning, teaching and learning is student-centred. Students are in charge of their own learning process. Staff act as facilitators rather than as traditional lecturers.

Societal changes, governmental demands and an increasingly diverse and international student body offer new challenges and opportunities for programmes in higher education. Among the many factors that come into play are retention rates, employability and increased pressure on students to excel.

This blog offers a platform for the exchange of ideas, best practices and opinions. Blog posts discuss particular challenges and situations in problem-based learning, novel ways of testing, use of digital tools, interactive lecturing, and so on.

Find all our blog posts here. Are you interested in contributing to the blog yourself? Click here. We welcome contributions from anyone interested in teaching and learning in higher education.

Latest blog In Problem-Based Learning environments such as the one in Maastricht, lectures by “experts” or “practitioners” are often considered to be of great added value. But what can the practitioner actually offer to students in a university environment? In our latest blog contribution, Michael Shackleton provides an example of one his lectures to show how he uses his experiences as a civil servant inside the European Parliament to stimulate learning and critical thinking.