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Leiden Teachers' Academy Education Festival 2023

Tuesday 30 May 2023
ECC Leiden
Haagse Schouwweg 10
2332 KG Leiden

Future-ready education: Reimagining the future of higher education in a changing world

We would like to invite you to the second instalment of the Leiden Teachers’ Academy Education Festival 2023 at ECC Leiden. This year’s theme is: Future-proof education: A new vision of the future of higher education in a changing world. 

Higher education is at a crossroads. Today’s students must be prepared for an ever-changing future and be able to adapt as new occupations emerge. What skills, competencies and knowledge will they need to thrive in the future and shape their world? How can we prepare them for jobs that do not even exist yet? And which tools and strategies do educators need to learn to prepare for this changing world themselves? We will explore the theme of future-proof education together at the festival. The day is an opportunity to meet others and exchange ideas on educational innovation.

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Be inspired by the keynote speech by Prof. Jet Bussemaker, Chair of the Council of Public Health & Society and former Minister of Education. The panel discussion will be about preparing students for the world of tomorrow and skills development. After the break, you can participate in interactive workshops such as ‘Do I have the talent to learn in 3D?’, ‘Designing your life: facing the future with confidence’, ‘Innovative pedagogies to stimulate autonomous learning’, ‘Interdisciplinary teaching’ and more. Meet and get to know new colleagues during the networking break

13:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 13:40
Opening by moderator Jasmijn Mioch
13:40 - 14:30
Keynote by Jet Bussemaker, Professor of Science, Policy and Societal Impact, in particular in Health Care
14:30 - 15:15
Panel discussion with Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl, Jet Bussemaker, Olaf van Vliet, Professor of Economics, student Clara Lindemann and Sarita Koendjbiharie, assistant professor at International Studies
15:15 - 16:15
Networking break
16:15 - 17:15
17:15 - 18:00
Closing drinks

Keynote by Jet Bussemaker

There is widespread recognition that higher education is key to career stability and satisfaction, social well-being, technological progress, economic growth and development, lower incidences of crime, civic participation, and many more. There are several major challenges higher education is facing today, varying from the emancipatory role of education and the increase in social differences, to the labour market-skills mismatch and student wellbeing. In her key note lecture, professor Bussemaker will address some of these challenges. She will talk about ‘education for the future’; what should students learn, in terms of knowledge, skills and values? And what should teachers teach their students to prepare them adequately, not only for a job, but for a life.

Jet Bussemaker is professor Policy, science and societal Impact, in particular in health care, at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Faculty Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) at Leiden University. With her interdisciplinary education and research activities Jet Bussemaker addresses the interaction between policy and health care, and the application of scientific knowledge in health care and policy practice to increase the societal impact of research. Before her professorship Jet Bussemaker was Minister of Education, Culture and Science (2012-2017).


Dr. Bram Hoonhout, Coordinator Honours College and Vaas de Wit

Many students work hard for a great CV but don’t really know what they want to do after graduation, and this career indecision causes a lot of stress. Our Designing Your Life courses help students approach their future with confidence. They discover their strengths, hold network conversations to explore jobs and envision different possible future. Our research into the effect of the courses show students feel less anxious, more optimistic, and better equipped to deal with their future. Participants in this workshop will learn what the method entails, how they can apply it in their curriculum (open source teaching materials are available), and take part in some of the key exercises.

The core skills students develop in the Designing Your Life courses are Reflecting and Resilience (Interpersonal Skills) and Societal Awareness. 

Dr. David Ehrhardt, Associate Professor of International Development and Dr. Caroline Archambault, Assistant Professor of International Development (FGGA)

Leiden University has selected 13 skills they wish all their students will be given the opportunity to develop regardless of study program. Curricly ulum coordinators and teachers will be encouraged to identify these skills in their programs and courses.This will make it easier for students to find learning opportunities that match their personal skill needs. But does a typical student have a good sense of what those needs are? And do they have a method to develop these skills across different courses and learning experiences?  The Learning Mindset has a method to offer for both students and teachers. Come join us in a speed dating workshop aimed at having you experience the power of goal setting, reflective journaling, and peer conversation in skill development and autonomous learning more generally.

Dr. David Zetland, Assistant Professor of Political Economy (FGGA)

Work life, indeed most of life, takes place in groups, teams and organizations where individuals need to collaborate, compromise and co-create solutions to various problems. While it’s easier to work in teams of 2-3, it’s often necessary to work in larger (8+ people) teams, which can be undermined by inattention, free-riding, dis-organization and poor communications. In this workshop, I will explain several methods that I use to organize, grade and run group projects in large teams.

Dr. Emily Strange, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Dr. Max van Lent, Assistant Professor of Economics,and Dr. Marcel van Daalen, Assistant Professor in Astronomy. 

Both firms, policymakers, and higher education institutions see the need for interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary thinking in solving big issues in today’s society. Interdisciplinary teaching can be quite different from the more mono-disciplinary teaching that we are used to. In this workshop we will discuss these differences and propose some ideas on how interdisciplinary teaching can be improved.

Mario de Jonge (ICLON) and Tessa Mearns (ICLON)

‘Inclusion’ means different things to different educators. This can make it challenging to address this important aspect of our role within our institutions and departments in a meaningful and impactful way. In this workshop, we will share insights from two current ICLON projects on this topic: a large-scale EU-funded study on inclusive pedagogies at six European universities; and a practice-oriented project aimed at exploring and strengthening inclusive practice in the local context of a Master programme. Drawing on these insights, participants will explore and discuss their own beliefs and experiences, in order to better understand what drives them and their colleagues.

Dr. Brandon Zicha, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (FGGA) 

For the last decades, the rise of metrics and data processing capabilities, increased bureaucratization, and greater demands for public accountability have evolved into a condition in higher education where teacher development and teaching assessment is highly rationalized.  Student evaluations and quantitative indicators are used ostensibly to assess teaching quality and guide improvement, with ‘best practices’ emerging from the ever-fast paced world of educational research, and workshops providing new didactic modules for instructors.  However, we also know that evaluations are beset with problems, which are exacerbated as educational context changes rapidly, making interpretation difficult.  We know that if the context changes quickly and is very diverse reductive approaches to finding ‘best practices’ will yield ever more mixed results.  We also know that as often as not didactic modules don’t fit our conditions as well as we thought they might when we sign up.  Centralized technocratic approaches will strain under disruptive conditions, where decentralized adaptation is best.  Might this be time for a return to the professional teaching community approach or decentralized collegial teaching assessment, evaluation, and development? This workshop invites participants to discuss this possibility, thinking about what one’s own institute might look like if teaching evaluation and development occurred in our communities, according to community standards appropriate to conditions in time, rather than an automated top-down system.

Dr. Beerend Hierck, Dept Clinical Sciences-Anatomy and Physiology, Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University

Can you learn a 3-dimensional (3D) concept from a 2D picture? That depends on your psychophysiological profile! Increasing information is available about the domain specificity of knowledge, and 2D and 3D are different domains. We are using a digital 3D approach with Virtual and Augmented Reality to teach the spatial anatomy of the human and animal bodies, and investigate the learning outcomes. In this workshop you will be able to wear a HoloLens and experience AvatarZOO, our application to learn veterinary anatomy, and you will learn how your visual-spatial ability predicts your 3D learning efficacy.

Beerend was a former member of the LTA and was an anatomy teacher at the LUMC for over 30 years where he received a number of prizes for best teacher (LU and LUMC). He transferred to the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University in 2021 where he leads a faculty-wide educational innovation program.

b.p.hierck@uu.nl, VetVR@uu.nl 

Prof. Marcus Specht, professor of Digital Education at TUdelft, Director Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning

Digital skills summarize different types of knowledge, skills and competences. These skills ranging from the use of digital tools and software and hardware, information literacy involving skills how to work with information, data literacy including skills how to collect, clean, transform, analyze and share data, as also computational thinking. In this workshop we introduce several frameworks describing competences in the domain of digital skills and discuss with participants their current and future role in the curriculum and also in different subjects. We will give some examples of how these skills are measured and integrated in STEAM to Social Science curricula.

LTA Education Festival

The Education Festival is an annual event organised by Leiden Teachers’ Academy (LTA). The LTA was launched in 2014 to reward top talents in education and stimulate educational innovation. Lecturers who are selected as Teaching Fellows join the Teachers' Academy and are awarded a grant for educational innovation projects. The LTA currently consists of 25 teaching fellows.  

This year’s education festival is organised by two LTA members: Dr. Ayokunu Adedokun and Dr. Alexandra Langers. Dr. Ayokunu Adedokun is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Policy & International Development and Chair of the Programme Council & Academic Advisor at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA)/ Leiden University College (LUC). Dr. Alexandra Langers is a Gastroenterologist and Member of the Management Board Division 2 at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC). She is involved in student and postgraduate education at the faculty of Medicine.

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