Leadership in Education Course

Specially for programme directors, master coordinators and bachelor coordinators, Risbo, OC Focus and ICLON have developed the Leadership in Education Course within the LDE-CEL (LDE- Center for Education and Learning) context. During this inspiring one-year course you will immerse yourself in educational and (educational) leadership themes, you will execute an innovation project within your own programme/faculty, and you will develop your own substantiated vision of teaching and providing leadership.

Target group and required prior knowledge
The Leadership in Education Course is intended for employees with a coordinating duty in education, such as programme directors or education portfolio holders (including bachelor and master coordinators). You will be responsible for (part of) an education programme and you will guide a programme's educational policy, where you direct colleagues in performing educational or organisational tasks. You also have the ambition to immerse yourself in education innovation and educational leadership, and you want to work towards raising the quality of teaching. Furthermore you have broad experience in providing university education, and have at least one year's experience in coordinating and leadership duties.

The course has six learning goals. At the end of the course the participants will be able to:
  1. Take relevant and current scientific insights into account while formulating one's own vision for (higher) education, substantiating it and presenting it in a convincing manner;
  2. Take relevant and current scientific insights into account while formulating the profile of oneself as an educational leader, reflecting critically on one's own development and presenting oneself in the spirit of this profile;
  3. Identify current educational issues and resolve and evaluate them in a systematic and substantiated way and reflect critically on the process followed;
  4. Create support for educational innovations and provide leadership for the innovation process, taking into account different change strategies;
  5. Formulate a good research question on the basis of an educational problem in the course;
  6. Provide an active evidence-based contribution within a group to the educational policy of the three LDE institutions;
  7. Stimulate and support colleagues inside and outside the course actively in their professional development in terms of teaching and/or educational leadership.

Contents and form
The basis of the course is four thematic sessions of 24 hours each, with an overnight stay and four day-long sessions. During the sessions both educational themes and themes related to leadership will be covered.

Examples of educational themes are:
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  3. Assessment and assessment policy
  4. Evidence-based teaching
  5. Innovating education

Examples of leadership themes are:
  1. Change management / change strategies
  2. Educational Leadership
  3. Educational policy.

Alongside these educational and leadership themes, during the course you will work on an education innovation project, with an interdisciplinary character, in the practice of your own programme/faculty. In the course you will develop your own substantiated vision for the teaching in your own programme, as well as a substantiated vision of providing leadership in your own teaching environment. A short study trip would form part of the trip. The most important objectives of this trip are community-forming and familiarisation with current educational innovations, for example in terms of online education. A final component of the course is working with other participants to formulate a response to a current policy issue in the LDE institutions.

Evaluation and certification
At the end of the Leadership in Education Course you will be assessed based on the following aspects:
  • The vision for teaching substantiated by scientific literature;
  • The vision for educational leadership substantiated by scientific literature, including a reflection on one's own development as an educational leader;
  • The results achieved in the innovation project and a reflection on the execution (including a realistic project plan and creating support);
  • The active contribution they have made to sharing knowledge in the course, for example in the form of a presentation of a relevant good practice, a literature presentation, a presentation of outcomes of educational research, providing a summary of sessions at the educational conference, active participation in the intervision etc.;
  • A document in which an educational theme or relevant development in higher education is expanded and furnished with an advice to the Executive Board of the three LDE institutions; This document is drawn up in conjunction with other course participants;
  • Attendance at all sessions and participation in the study trip (consultation for circumstances beyond control).

The assessment occurs during an individual final interview with a member of the course's programme management, a member of the steering committee and at your own initiative, a representative of your faculty. You are required to submit items of proof for this in advance. In the case of a positive evaluation, you will receive a certificate of successful participation.

We offer the course once every two years in an LDE context (Erasmus University Rotterdam, TU Delft and Leiden University), but of course we can also offer it to order to other institutions. Deans/educational directors of the LDE institutions may nominate candidates for the Leadership in Education Course. A nomination consists of a motivation letter from the candidate, a brief description of an intended education innovation project and a teaching CV. We then conduct an intake interview with each candidate, aimed at finding a suitable match between the qualities of the participant on the one hand, and the characteristics and content of the course on the other. We record the outcomes of this interview, furnishing it with an advice. We present this to the course's steering committee, which will ultimately decide on the admission of the candidates.


Joost Maarschalkerweerd maarschalkerweerd@risbo.eur.nl
+31 10 408 2124
Tel +31 10 408 21 24
Email info@risbo.eur.nl
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3062 PA Rotterdam

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