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Education Lunch Break at Faculty of Science

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

An informal get-together

These meetings are hosted by a lecturer of the Faculty of Science and have an informal character: attendees can walk in and out as they please, join in the discussion or just listen. The Lunch Breaks will take place every Thursday from 12.30 to 13.00 in the virtual lunch room (Kaltura). 

Lunch guest  

Each lunch break will have a 'lunch 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 lunchers. A host who is also a lecturer at our Faculty will moderate the session.

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

All SEEDS newsletter subscribers will receive a weekly mail with topic announcement for the Lunch 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 lunch break presentations are recorded. View the categories below to see which topics have been discussed during the lunch breaks (previously coffee breaks).

Making the limited lab time for students more efficient (15 Oct 2020)

Guest: Stefan van der Vorm (LIC)
Lab time for students is very limited this semester, so their time in the labs has to be made as efficiently as possible. Stefan van der Vorm recorded instructional videos with which students can prepare. In addition, he wil also film the experiments the students won't have time for in the labs and make them answers questions about them.
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Using a daily app to improve students' results (25 June 2020)

Guest: Giulio Barbero (LIACS)
Giulio Barbero, PhD Candidate at LIACS, is setting up the app Cerego for use in a first year's course, to make sure these new students will stay engaged, even though the course will be taught remotely. Cerego is a customisable online education tool much like the popular language app DuoLingo. It is developed to train students through repeated series of quick daily exercises with special attention to exercises in which the student proofs weak.
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Digitising Biology practicals and online examination (20 May 2020)

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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Practicals with Labbuddy (19 May 2020)

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
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Developing home experiments for BSc Physics students (21 April 2020)

Guest: Paul Logman (LION)
Logman made a home version of his Experimental Physics courses for BSc students
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Turning Animal Biology into an online course ( 2 April 2020)

Guest: Michiel Hooykaas
Hooykaas made his lecture videos in YouTube style, and also made an online version of the disection practical.
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Michiel Hooykaas also made a live performance of his studymusic for his students, check it out in the link below!
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Turning Microscopie and Imaging into an online course (31 March 2020)

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.
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Lessons learnt in 2020 (17 Dec 2020)

Guests: Christian Tudorache, Francesca Arici, Pedro Russo
In this last Lunch Break of the year the host team looked back on the year of online and hybride teaching. How did everyone change their courses? What worked, what didn’t? What lessons did we learn? And what inspiration did the Lunch Breaks give? 
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Improving your students’ academic skills (10 Dec 2020)

Guests: Annelien Zweemer, Linda Holtman (skills team, LACDR)
In their practical course Annelien Zweemer and Linda Holtman use the new FWN e-learning skills platform developed by the faculty skills team. With the platform’s academic skill modules students can improve skills like doing literature research, writing reports and presenting. In this lunch break Zweemer and Holtman showed how they implemented these modules throughout their course to help students deliver better results and become better researchers. The e-learning skills platform is available to all lecturers within the Faculty of Science to use in their courses.
Do you have questions or need help? Contact the skills team via skills@science.leidenuniv.nl.
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View slides

Getting creative with video and podcasts for education (3 Dec 2020)

Guest: Joasia van Kooten, Centre for Innovation
Leiden University’s Centre for Innovation focuses on learning design and media development to reconsider and change the way students and teachers experience learning. Joasia van Kooten, coordinator of the centre's media guild, explores how media like video, and podcasts can help to enrich and innovate education. In this lunch break she will talk about ideas to get creative with video and podcasts in university (online) courses.
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Use the Leiden video toolkit to make videos
Listen to the CFI podcasts

Destressing students (19 Nov 2020)

Guest: Lisann Brincker (LACDR) 
Some students struggle more than is necessary. They panic because they can’t manage their stress during busy periods, others lack an efficient reading strategy and spend too many hours on a course. Lisann Brincker developed an e-learning skills platform that can help these students. In this lunch session Brincker explained what the platform entails and gave practical tips and tricks how you as a teacher or study programme staff member can help these students stress less. 
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View the slides (pdf)
More information on the E-learning skills platform in Brightspace

A classic teaching approach for online (12 Nov 2020)

Guest: Jelmer Wagenaar (LION)
When, in March, the lockdown came, Wagenaar didn’t have to change a lot in his teachings. Even though he uses a traditional approach to his lectures, he did already record his lectures. In addition, Wagenaar teaches at a secondary school (VWO) and uses this experience to make the transition for first year students from school to university as smoothly as possible by using educational methods they are familiar with and aligning the course content to their prior knowledge.
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View the slides (pdf)

Making videos for your courses (29 Oct 2020)

Guest: Amber Gerritsen (SEEDS)
Amber Gerritsen is the Faculty of Science’s video specialist for education and helps teachers to make effective use of video in their courses. In this Lunch Break she gave an overview of video making possibilities for education and showed the best ways to work with video.
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List of useful links

Using an iPad as a blackboard (8 Oct 2020)

Guest: Floske Spieksma (MI)
A blackboard is an important tool for science lecturers when explaining formulas, showing derivations, drawing structures and more. It is very difficult to find an good replacement for this in an online environment. At the Mathematical Institute lecturers have tried out several ways to do this. Floske Spieksma shared their best practices.
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See Floske’s slides

Active thinking with FeedbackFruits (18 June 2020)

Guest: Jeroen van Smeden 
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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Online Sources and Support (11 June 2020)

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.
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Transitioning to Brightspace (4 June 2020)

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.
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Keeping attendance up at live streamed lectures (28 May 2020)

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.
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Developing online career orientation module (11 May 2020)

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.
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Literature and Data in Times of corona (8 May 2020)

Guest: Rutger de Jong
Because of the coronavirus, everything had to go online, this also means that the data for information provided for students and the staff had to expand and be more accessible
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Virtual Field Trip (6 May 2020)

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). 
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Quarantine lectures, programming for kids (30 April 2020)

Guest: Felienne Hermans (LIACS)
Hermans made a video lecture in which students are asked to really participate. She is also working on a programming language that teaches children how to program.
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To work during corona (29 April 2020)

Guest: Stefano Cucurachi
Cucurachi set up a course engaging his MSc students for several hours. In addition to the regular course content, he offered meditation, a shared music playlist and the possibility to learn skills during the breaks.
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Better student performance with new e-learning platform and Labster (28 April 2020)

Guest: Marjo de Graauw
De Graauw is developing a new platform for lecturers that can facilitate collaboration, presenting, written assignments, feedback, research and more. She is already using it for her 3rd year BSc students' research assignments in combination with Labster resulting in better performance from the students with respect to previous years.
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A Brighter Space (14 April 2020)

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.
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Interactive video in Kaltura (9 April 2020)

Guest: Roeland van der Rijst (ICLON)
Van der Rijst developed 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.
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Exams during COVID times - students' point of view (26 Nov 2020)

Guests: students
Three students joined the lunch break to share their experiences with online examination. To keep the conversation open and frank we didn’t record. The students were in general positive about last semester’s exams, but all three agreed that anti-cheating measures like proctoring or surveillance by webcam are intrusive and very stressful. The main take-away from this conversation was that students prefer to have their knowledge and skills tested in a way that such strict monitoring for cheating is not necessary.

Exams in Corona time: combining online, paper ánd Proctoring

Guest: Gerhard Burger
Finding a good way for students to take exams from home is challenging, so a lot of lecturers get creative. Gerhard Burger combines old fashion paper with online and proctoring. This lunch break he explained what his exams look like.
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Online exams at IBL (14 May 2020)

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 experience with different groups and teachers and shares some best practices with us, and he also gives tips on what not to do when starting to prepare an online exam.
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Exams in ANS (20 April 2020)

Guest: Lies Bouwman (LIC)
Bouwman was already using digital exam tool ANS before the corona crisis, now she has used ANS for online exams.
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Online exams in Brightspace (8 April 2020)

Guest: Tom Savenije
Savenije held an exam for his MST students in Brightspace and conducted oral exams online.
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Online retakes (7 April 2020)

Guest: Roeland Merks, IBL/MI
Merks held retake exams for his Biology and Mathematics students.
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Vice rector (2 Oct 2020)

Guest: Vice rector Hester Bijl
In this first Education Lunch Break of the academic year vice-rector Hester Bijl joined us. She shared her vision on education in these difficult times. And there was opportunity for asking questions.
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Study Adviser (15 May 2020)

Guest: Kiki Boomgaard (CML)
Boomgaard is Study Adviser at the CML department of our faculty. She talks to us about the impact of the measures the University had to take in relation to Covid-19.
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A preview of the vice-dean on corona next year (23 April 2020)

Guest: Vice dean Bart de Smit
In this last coffee break of the academic year vice-dean Bart de Smit will look ahead to the new academic year and what our education will probably look like. He will also talk about bonding with our new students and how we will cope with the new normal of  1,5m distancing at our faculty. And there will, of course, be a lot of opportunity for questions and discussions.
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The rector's look on corona (22 April 2020)

Guest: Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker
The rector Carel Stolker discusses how he managed to communicate with his students and staff during the corona quarantine.
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Talks with education director (26 March 2020)

Guest: Han de Winde  (IBL)
Education director of BSc and MSc Biology Han de Winde talks about how corona impacted the organisation of his study programmes.
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Talks with the dean (25 March 2020)

Guest: Dean Michiel Kreutzer
Dean Michiel Kreutzer talks with some of the staff of the University of Leiden about corona and its impact.
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Meet the SEEDS team (12 May 2020)

Guest: Anne-Martine Gielis
Members of the Science E-learning and Educational Development Support (SEEDS) team, talk about how they help in the corona time. They explain who they are and what they want to achieve.
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Work/ life balance (16 April 2020)

Guests: Miranda van Eck & Irene de Groot (RISE)
RISE board members Mrianda van Eck eand Irene Groot discuss how working at home with children in the house affects their work and teaching.
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Statistics about Epidemiology (30 March 2020)

Guest: Peter Grünwald
Peter Grünwald explains the epidemic and how infectious corona is. He explains the statistics of this COVID-19 epidemic and discusses why there is this 1.5 meter distance and how this will help prevent the coronavirus to spread even further.
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