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Education coffee break at Faculty of Science

To support education staff during the corona crisis with making online courses, the Faculty of Science organises a weekly coffee break where they can get inspired by the best practices by peers.

An informal get-together

These meetings are hosted by Pedro Russo and have an informal character: attendees can walk in and out as they please, join in the discussion or just listen. The Coffee Breaks will take place every Thursday from 11.00 to 11.30 in the virtual coffee room (Kaltura).

Coffee guest  

Each coffee break will have a 'coffee guest' (speaker) who will share their best practice in a short 10 minutes presentation (5 slides), followed by a discussion with questions or remarks from the attending coffee drinkers. Host Pedro Russo will moderate the session.

Want to receive a weekly e-mail with the topic of the next coffee break?

All SEEDS newsletter subscribers will receive a weekly mail with topic announcement for the Coffee Break. Not on the mailing list yet? Send an e-mail to seeds@science.leidenuniv.nl.

Do you have a best practice to share? 

If you have successfully used a tool or experimented with online teaching methods or if you are working on any other form of online education that would be interesting for colleagues at our Faculty to hear about, please let the organisers know! You can reach them at seeds@science.leidenuniv.nl.


All coffee break presentations are recorded. View the categories below to see which topics have been discussed.

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Turning Microscopie and Imaging into an online course

Guest: Marcel Schaaf
Marcel Schaaf let his students make video presentations in Kaltura, had a computer practical in a live room and held an exam.

Turning Animal Biology into an online course

Guest: Michiel Hooykaas
Hooykaas made his lecture videos in YouTube style, and also made an online version of the disection practical.

Developing home experiments for BSc Physics students

Guest: Paul Logman (LION)
Logman made a home version of his Experimental Physics courses for BSc students

Practicals with Labbuddy

Guest: Marjo de Graauw (LACDR)
De Graauw is using Labbuddy: a platform guiding students through their practicals, leading to time in the lab spent more efficiently and also to better learning results from students. Now, she is using it as a replacement for practicals. 
View slides of a previous presentation about Labbuddy

Digitising Biology practicals and online examination

Guest: Christian Tudorache (IBL)
For his course BODier Tudorache made a 'theoretical practical', giving student groups of 4 a case to work on. He flips the classroom by letting each group discuss their case with their peers. For the examination he made individual exams.

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Virtual Field Trip

Guest: Christian Tudorache
As a tradition Tudorache takes his students on a Field Trip to the Boerhaave Museum. This year however the museum was closed. So Tudorache took his students on a Virtual Field Trip to the Smithsonian (Washington, DC). 

Developing online career orientation module

Guests: Eveline Hoebe (LACDR) & Ilse Huijskens (Science Career Service)
For the course Academische Vorming and the workshop Writing an Applications letter, Hoebe had to change to a remote version of her lecture. Together with Huijskens of the Science Career Service, she created a convincing alternative. And they are happy to share this with us.

A Brighter Space

Guest: Jeroen van Smeden (LACDR)
Jeroen van Smeden showed us the course he developed in Bright Space and all the advantages this new tool has over Blackboard.

Interactive video in Kaltura

Guest: Roeland van der Rijst (ICLON)
Van der Rijsdeveloped an interactive video for his course with 200 students. With his colleagues, he has also been working on a way to stimulate and monitor students collaborating in projects.

Keeping attendance up at live streamed lectures

Guest: Thomas Nagler (MI)
Nagler developed a remote teaching method for his Statistics for Astronomy class, that is liked very much by his students. The attendance rate for his live lectures is still 80% which is relatively high. During this coffee break he will give a short presentation about how he set up this course, afterwards there will be room for informal questions and discussion.

Transitioning to Brightspace

Guest: Bart Monsma
Per September all educational activities previously taking place in Blackboard will ‘continue’ inBrightspace (BS). Project leader Bart Monsma will show what BS will look like, how your courses will be transferred and explain how you can already practice.

Online Sources and Support

Guest: Rutger the Jong (Library Faculty of Science)
As access to labs, campus and libraries is still under pressure, many students and staff see the nature of their work change. New online education methods have to be set up, as old classes can not be converted 1 on 1. Experiments are prepared more properly beforehand or replaced by video. Internships are sometimes exchanged for more in depth literature research. 
Subject Librarian Rutger de Jong gives an introduction into the services and support the library and its online sources can provide to make the most of the situation.

Active thinking with FeedbackFruits

Platform Feedbackfruits can be used to make students actively read, react, and learn from assessments from other students. Van Smeden has used this tool for his LUMC students and will also implement it for his BPS students.

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Exams in ANS

Guest: Lies Bouwman (LIC)
Bouwman was already using digital exam tool ANS before the Corona crisis, now she has used ANS for online exams.

Online exams in Brightspace

Guest: Tom Savenije
Savenije held an exam for his MST students in Brightspace and conducted oral exams online.

Online exams at IBL

Guest: Joost Willemse, IBL
Willemse works at the Institute of Biology  and advises colleagues on how to make Online Exams. He already has a lot of experiences with different groups and teachers and can share some best practices with us, and can also give tips on what not to do when starting to prepare an Online Exam.

Online retakes

Guest: Roeland Merks, IBL/MI
Merks held retake exams for his Biology and Mathematics students.

To all recordings about the executive perspective on the transistion to online education
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Guests include: Dean Michiel Kreutzer, Education director IBL Han de Winde, Vice dean Bart de Smit and Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker

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