Risbo Education Newsletter

September 2019

AVIOR Project – Erasmus+

Over the past three years, Risbo and seven European partners have worked on the AVIOR project. This project aimed at improving basic numeracy and literacy skills of migrant children and thereby reducing the achievement gap between native and non-native pupils in Europe. AVIOR ran from December 2016 to August 2019. The main target group was pupils between 4 to 8 years old in primary school in six European countries (the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Croatia, and Greece). Mainly, the AVIOR project focused on creating multilingual school material for pupils all over Europe. We have done Study Visits to learn from each other’s schooling system, ran Case Studies to research the effect of the multilingual school material in school and with parents, ran an Implementation Study to see the results of the multilingual materials in school, and have written several reports and handbooks to tell others how to improve and implement multilingualism and bilingual school material in their schools. The results of the AVIOR project have been very positive, with many parents now working more with schools and helping their children in their learning process via their mother tongue. Want to know more? Visit our website.

MicroLabs - free to participate

Are you a teacher and do you want to make improvements to your course? You can do this by participating in a MicroLab. Via short, blended workshops you’ll work on a concrete point of improvement in your course design, assessment and teaching. MicroLabs are funded by the CLI and are therefore made available to teachers free of charge.

Blended workshop?
If you register for a MicroLab you will get access to the Canvas course about two weeks in advance. You must prepare in Canvas for the workshop session by watching videos, reading literature and making a preparation assignment. Because you gain a lot of knowledge in advance and already practice a little, we mainly have time during the workshop to continue practicing and applying it to your own education / assessment. A MicroLab thus works towards a direct improvement in your own profession.

Which MicroLabs are there?
There are MicroLabs available on many different topics. Additionally, there are always new ones in development. Check http://www.eur.nl/microlabs for an up-to-date overview and to register.
  • How to create an educational video?
  • How to accommodate differences in prior knowledge between students?
  • How to blend your course with Canvas?
  • How to lecture with impact?
  • How to design an assessment plan & matrix?
  • How to construct multiple choice questions and exams?
  • How to construct open ended questions and rubrics?
  • How to connect coaching to learning?
  • How to activate students in small groups?
  • Storytelling in higher education

Dissertation: A Head Start into Higher Education

Given that on average students’ level of academic success is lowest in the first year of higher education (HE), it is important to clarify more systematically how students experience the transition into HE and what type of support could be effective. Our colleague dr. Sanne van Herpen investigated in her dissertation the transition from secondary education into higher education using a qualitative, a quantitative and a quasi-experimental research design. Participants in all studies were Dutch students who completed a preparatory university track at secondary education (in Dutch: vwo) and after graduation directly started an undergraduate programme at a Dutch higher education institution. The results in this dissertation indicate that students have different reasons to attend university (e.g. career perspective or for personal development), but that these do not influence their academic success in the first year. Another important result indicates that students experience the transition into HE in different ways. Students were profiled as Active Gliders, Passive Gliders, Passive Low Performers and Negative Strugglers, based on their effort for learning, academic self-efficacy belief and performance. In addition, results show that a ‘pre-academic programme’ could give students a head start in higher education. Students who participated in the pre-academic programme intervention reported higher quality of student-faculty interaction and student-peer interactions, and attained higher grades during the first course and a higher first-year cumulative GPA than students who did not participate in the intervention.

Click here for the full dissertation.

For more information about this research or supporting student success, contact dr. Sanne van Herpen (vanherpen@risbo.eur.nl).

Realisation innovation project Communicating Sustainability in an Intercultural Context

Risbo has finalised a new innovation project in collaboration with CLI, ESHCC and EUC:
Communicating Sustainability in an Intercultural Context is a course that students can choose as part of their honors program.
The leading themes in this course are corporate social responsibility, consumer choice and the different perspectives on sustainability.
The students have discussed the concept of sustainability in an international context. In collaboration with students from Nanjing Normal University in China, the ecological, social and economic impact of consumption was made visible.
The teachers involved are working on a tool with which EUR teachers can integrate the concept of sustainability into their subject. This tool will also be made available online, making the tool even usable outside of EUR!
Have a look at an impression of the final workshop here.
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