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Coaching and intervision

The faculty of Humanities offers lecturers individual support and intervision. As education coaches we help beginning lecturers who need to acquire their Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO). In addition, we are sparring partners for more experienced lecturers who are looking to improve their skills. We also offer intervision in peer groups.

Support BKO

What we can do for you: 

1) BKO portfolio preparation 
You can attend our advisory meetings with tips and tricks on how to prepare your BKO portfolio. We hold these meetings online in the evening, so that they do not overlap with your teaching. The first advisory meeting takes place on Monday 7 November from 8-9 pm. We will send out an invitation for this closer to the date. 

2) Lecture observations 
You can ask us to observe and evaluate one of your lectures (a requirement for your BKO portfolio). Please make these requests at least 3 weeks in advance and make sure that you plan these observations well in time before your BKO portfolio deadline. Should many observation requests come at the same time, we will ask you to propose an alternative date; please keep this in mind when planning your requests. Please e-mail your requests to both of us.  

Group intervision

During intervision, pedagogical cases, which are brought up by participants based on their own teaching, are discussed. Together, multiple solutions surrounding themes such as: “how do I encourage my students to actively participate?” or “how do I deal with students who do not prepare for classes?” are explored.

A participant’s reaction

'The engaging part is that everybody in the intervision group actively participates, which often leads to surprising new insights and concrete tips. Since the intervision groups consist of lecturers from different backgrounds, who offer education at a lot of different study programmes, there is a lot of variation in the discussed themes.'

Read an interview with the two coaches: A quick call with the education coaches: ‘Teachers could learn so much from each other’

Want to join?

You can enroll to one of our  intervision groups, which meet on campus four times per semester, on Monday or Thursday from 15.15-17.15. In these meetings, you can introduce your own classroom situations and experiences. In half of the sessions, we discuss specific themes (see below) Please note that the success of these meetings entirely depends on the dynamic of the group and on your presence. By registering for one of the intervision groups, you commit to attending all meetings. You are advised, therefore, to block these meetings in your agenda for the entire academic year. Our conversations are in English, unless all participants are Dutch speaking. You can register for one of the intervision groups online (NB: we aim for groups of a similar size).

Lecturers who are interested in coaching and lecture observations can contact Olga van Marion or Astrid van Weyenberg, who both work as lecturers and education coaches at the faculty of Humanities. 

Semester 1 

Session 1)  
Group A (Astrid): Monday 26 September, 15.15-17.15 (followed by drinks!) 
Group B: (Olga): Thursday 29 September, 15.15-17.15 (followed by drinks!) 

Session 2) (theme: time-planning & organization) 
Group A (Astrid): Monday 17 October, 15.15-17.15  
Group B (Olga): Thursday 20 October, 15.15-17.15 

Session 3)  
Group A (Astrid): Monday 7 November, 15.15-17.15  
Group B (Olga): Thursday 10 November, 15.15-17.15 

Session 4) (theme: activating & motivating) 
Group A (Astrid): Monday 28 November, 15.15-17.15  
Group B (Olga): Thursday 1 December, 15.15-17.15 

Semester 2 

Session 5) 
Group A (Astrid): Monday 20 February, 15.15-17.15  
Group B (Olga): Thursday 23 February, 15.15-17.15 

Session 6) (theme: diversity & inclusivity) 
Group A (Astrid): Monday 13 March, 15.15-17.15  
Group B (Olga): Thursday 16 Mach, 15.15-17.15 

Session 7)  
Group A (Astrid): Monday 3 April, 15.15-17.15  
Group B (Olga): Thursday 6 April, 15.15-17.15 

Session 8 (theme: reflecting & evaluating) 
Group A (Astrid): Monday 1 May, 15.15-17.15  
Group B (Olga): Thursday 4 May, 15.15-17.15 

Thursday 25 May 17.00-19.00 

Are you interested in general didactic tips or do you want to expand your repertoire of didactic skills? Contact the O&K education advisor Annebeth Simonsz at oenk@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Click here for more information on the intervision group diversity
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