Risbo Education Newsletter

February 2018

Three new EUR MOOCs will be launched on Coursera in February!

February is a busy month for online education at EUR as three brand new MOOCs will be launched on Coursera!

Assessment in Higher Education: Professional Development for Teachers
What role does testing have in education? How do you design appropriate forms of assessments for a course? What are determining factors for assessment quality? Risbo has developed a MOOC for assessments in higher education. This active online course offers lecturers the option to obtain knowledge and skills about assessments at a time of their choice, and to apply this directly in practice. The MOOC content is harmonised with the national competencies for Basic Qualification in Examinations in higher education. The MOOC also includes videos prepared by Risbo assessment experts, instructional animations and exercises. We also offer various perspectives on assessments via interviews with experts, lecturers and students. The MOOC also offers a platform for international exchange of experiences and for entering into discussions about assessments. The MOOC will be live on Coursera from 12 February.

If you would like more information about our MOOC please view our trailer.
Or click here for more information and to enrol for the course.

Financing Infrastructure in African Cities
The world is urbanizing fast. In less than a century more than 1 billion people have become urbanized. This has resulted in more than half of the world’s population already living in cities. Experts forecast that very soon Africa will become one of the most urbanized continents. Unfortunately, almost 70% of world’s urban population is living in the cities where governments are struggling to provide basic services like sanitation, schools, hospitals, and adequate clean water. Within this MOOC, created by IHS, finance experts from the faculty and RSM will discuss how local governments can use innovative mechanisms to finance infrastructure and mobilise local revenue to improve the quality of life for city inhabitants. These factors are taught through readings, activities and a case study from the African context.

Join this MOOC to learn how to make your city a better place to live in for yourself and your next generations. The MOOC is now live on Coursera.
To find out more and enrol click here.

Local Economic Development
Why does economic development take place in some areas of the world and not in others? What prevents people from having the lives they want to live right there? And could your region make more of the opportunities of globalization and new technologies? If you are asking yourself these questions, then this is the right course for you. It explores the where, who and how of economic development within local regions. Over the span of the course, instructors from ISS and IHS will discuss the main factors affecting local economic development, such as globalization, decentralisation, and competitiveness. They will also discuss key components, like entrepreneurship and innovation and look into the organization of local economies into clusters, value chains and learning regions. The instructors who will guide you through the course have published significant research on local economic development themselves and have participated in many capacity building projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

This course will be live on Coursera on the 19th February.
To find out more and enrol:click here

English STQ (in Dutch SKO) course planned for autumn 2018

All senior lecturers with enthusiasm and ambition in the field of educational innovations should note: a new STQ course is planned for autumn 2018!
The course will last around six months and starts with an inspiring and active two-day educational lab, during which participants get off to a flying start in creating their educational innovation projects. The course also offers education-related coaching, peer supervision meetings, plenary sessions, peer review and a concluding symposium. During the course, participants complete a digital education portfolio with supporting documents pertaining to the STQ competencies. The results of the STQ participants’ projects will be presented during a symposium for colleagues, students and other interested parties. The course will conclude with a final interview in the presence of the coach, the manager and the STQ Steering Committee.

If you would like more information about the STQ, please contact Alice van de Vooren.

Article: Early Predictors of First-year Academic Success at University

This study demonstrated that school commitment in the final year of pre-university education is a predictor of academic success during the first year at university. Believing in one’s abilities does not appear to be a predictor of academic success for the first year. This study also identified six motives for studying at the university, namely career perspective, personal development, loyalty to the social environment, attractiveness of the university, recommendations of others and location of the university. None of these motives, however, appear to be real predictors of academic success for the first year. The results from this study increase the understanding of how students experience the transition to university and can be helpful for educational policy.

Click here if you want to get access to the full article.
Please contact Sanne van Herpen if you would like to know more about the article.

Herpen, S. G. A. van, Meeuwisse, M., Hofman, W. A., Severiens, S. E., & Arends, L. R. (2017). Early predictors of first-year academic success at university: pre-university effort, pre-university self-efficacy, and pre-university reasons for attending university. Educational Research and Evaluation,

Intens Portfolio Program

Tilburg University offers scientific lecturers a two-day, intense portfolio programme (IPP). There is sufficient time in the programme for participants to write for their portfolio, supervised by an educational expert. Writing is also interspersed with interactive sessions focusing on components of the UTQ in which lecturers can exchange experiences. Risbo offered an IPP for the Economic faculty, TISEM, in November 2017 in collaboration with a specialist educational trainer from Tilburg University.

If you’re curious about the IPP, please click here to view an introductory video.

If you would like more information about the IPP, please contact Mandy Hollander.

Study Skills for Refugees Module

Studying in the Netherlands is different
Risbo has developed a study skills module for students who have a refugee background for Boswell-Bèta, an educational institute that offers access courses to students aiming to enter higher education in the Netherlands. Studying in the Netherlands is a new experience for this group and the module aims to help them on their way. Around 30 students have followed our course of 6 4-hour training sessions in separate groups. We have concentrated on how to write a personal statement, cooperating in group assignments, giving/receiving feedback, time management, using PowerPoint and particularly: presenting yourself.

How did we do this? Mainly by having the students take care of each session themselves! They were given continuous incentives to work actively via interactive assignments, group exercises and homework assignments. Our training actress also taught students how to use theatre techniques to capture and retain an audience.

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At the end of the module, students gave presentations in which they presented themselves and their future plans, and spoke about the development of their study skills. This resulted in extremely inspiring, personal stories from young people who are very motivated to work towards a positive future, young adults who are keen to learn, want to achieve their goals and aim to make improvements to the world in their own way. Almost all students were successful in completing the module and received their Study Skills certificate. We hope these students will be able to successfully start the study programme of their choice in 2018!

Would you like to know more about this module? Please contact Rick Wolff.
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