What happens when a FASoS tutor suddenly becomes a student again?  Reflections from the other side of the lectern

What happens when a FASoS tutor suddenly becomes a student again? Reflections from the other side of the lectern

By Elsje Fourie This has been an upside-down year in all sorts of ways, and I’m no exception. After more than a decade on the other side of the classroom, I suddenly found myself cast in the role of a…

Three lessons learned on how to use online components in a (post-)pandemic teaching environment

Three lessons learned on how to use online components in a (post-)pandemic teaching environment

By Clara Weinhardt As another academic year shaped by online teaching is coming to an end, everybody is longing to bringing education back to our campuses. While we may not like it, we currently do not know with certainty in…

Transnational reflections on online teaching and learning

Transnational reflections on online teaching and learning

By Patrick Bijsmans & Simon Lightfoot It’s been over 15 months since we’ve had to suddenly move our courses online. A time during which we have learned many new things about synchronous versus asynchronous learning, about the technicalities of Microsoft…

Analogue becomes digital: An educationalists’ perspective on teaching and learning in times of the COVID-19 pandemic

Analogue becomes digital: An educationalists’ perspective on teaching and learning in times of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Diede Diederiks In March 2020, I started working at FASoS as an educationalist. It seemed like a clear job, working at the educational policy department on a couple of ongoing projects. How little did I know about the changes…

“In God we trust, all others must bring data”: Introducing BA DS students to quantitative data analyses, R programming and Big Data

“In God we trust, all others must bring data”: Introducing BA DS students to quantitative data analyses, R programming and Big Data

By Eliyahu Sapir & Thomas Frissen In January 2021, second-year BA Digital Society students followed an intensive introduction to big data analysis. Students were trained in quantitative data analyses and using R and RStudio in an earlier course. They employed…

Designing a new course in and beyond COVID-19 times

Designing a new course in and beyond COVID-19 times

By Patrick Bijsmans PBL course design is a recurring topic in academic literature, but also in staff development. This concerns, for instance, applying general PBL principles to assignment design, but also the need for varying assignments. The design process is…

The future higher education supermarket

The future higher education supermarket

By Talisha Schilder “Flexible bachelor”, “tailor your own study programme” and “freedom to pursue your own interests” are examples of how universities promote curriculum flexibility on their websites. Student-customers scroll, or let’s say stroll, through the online syllabus aisles to…

Tutorials in times of pandemic: Active participation and interaction in online education

Tutorials in times of pandemic: Active participation and interaction in online education

By Swantje Falcke and Marie Labussière Last Spring, the courses taught in period 5 had to be moved online within a matter of days. Although challenging under these circumstances, adapting to online teaching has led to a great range of…

Fast forward and rewind: Using videos in teaching and learning

Fast forward and rewind: Using videos in teaching and learning

By Patrick Bijsmans Throughout the last couple of months I have joined several national and international webinars, observed colleagues’ online tutorials and lectures, and read several blogs and papers to inform myself about online teaching and learning. This includes excellent…

Expectations, availability and learning: Online teaching and learning in the Maastricht Science Programme

Expectations, availability and learning: Online teaching and learning in the Maastricht Science Programme

By Stefan Jongen After reading Mirko Reithler’s blog post, I was thinking about how to build a boat for my teaching in period 5 of the Maastricht Science Programme, a bachelor programme that is offered by the Faculty of Science…

Studying curriculum design in European Studies

Studying curriculum design in European Studies

 By Johan Adriaensen & Caterina Pozzi Curriculum design is the backbone of programmes in Higher Education and the framework within which all teaching and learning take place. Surprisingly, there is relatively little comparative research on curriculum designs within the Scholarship of…