Work group Vision on Blended Education
The FSW Working Group Vision on Blended Education (VBE) is charged with delivering a vision on digitalisation and activating teaching between April 2022-June 2023. The vision will be drawn up on the basis of:
- literature review,
- dialogue with colleagues,
- survey of internal and external educational experts and students, and
insights obtained from projects funded by Grassroots and Grass shoots grants.
The VBE believes that blended education is already part of our daily practice: every lecturer uses Brightspace, e-mail or other digital tools. The working group's priority is the quality of teaching and optimising the current state of software and hardware, and support for teachers and students. Where blending (part of) teaching contributes to maintaining or improving the quality of teaching, this should be supported.
- Delivery of faculty vision on blended education and implementation recommendations (end of academic year 2022-2023).
- Initiate and facilitate dialogue on 'blended education', to inform and inspire.
|January-February||Exchange with executives, lecturers and students on blended education and the implementation recommendations.|
|March||'Education innovation networking event': Inform and inspire lecturers about faculty and university innovation grants (e.g. Grassroots en Grass shoots).
In discussion with the Faculty Board on the drawn-up vision and implementation recommendations.
|June||Faculty-wide blended education festival.
- Are you interested in seeing what our faculty looks like in terms of blended education in 2027 - and would you like to provide feedback on the working group's recommendations? You can do so by filling in the VBE advice form.
- Would you like to share more generally your thoughts on blended education with the working group? Then fill in the VBE form.
I think it is important to create a vision on blended education where the starting point (and goal is): how to adapt our education to the current needs of students and societal development.
Digitisation should therefore not be the goal in itself. Being involved in education as a teacher, helps me to address this view when creating a vision. I am happy to be part of this working group, so that I can voice the needs and concerns regarding blended education from a teaching perspective and to share my experience in teaching. Being part of this working group helps me to gain a broader perspective on education, by hearing the views of fellow teachers, students and support staff, and by reading literature.
Blended education is now high on the educational agenda. That's great, because it has many advantages.....
Blended education is now high on the educational agenda. That's great, because it has many advantages, but we must not forget that blended education is not a goal in itself. It is a means to an end. To make the right choices in designing our courses, either blended or not, I think it’s important to act from a vision in which the quality of our education is the starting point.
I hope to help highlight both the potentialities and the pitfalls involved in blended education.
I was asked to participate in this working group because of the faculty’s Casimir prize. I use a number of digital tools to make my lectures more dynamic (presenter’s wall, embedded videos in my slides...) but based on my own experience in the classroom, I have serious concerns about the attempt to digitalize the university on a larger scale. I hope to help highlight both the potentialities and the pitfalls involved in blended education.
My personal motivation is to take seriously both sides of the coin: both the potential benefits of this kind of pedagogy, as well as the harms (scholastic, moral, etc).
I was asked to participate, because my institute sees me as a very good teacher who cares a lot about pedagogy and teaching methods. I am very skeptical of new teaching methods, and especially moves towards digital learning. This might have been part of why I was asked, although it is not something I have discussed with the board. My personal motivation is to take seriously both sides of the coin: both the potential benefits of this kind of pedagogy, as well as the harms (scholastic, moral, etc).
I would like to contribute to a vision on Blended Education, so that digital tools are not just used for the sake of using them.
I would like to contribute to a vision on Blended Education, so that digital tools are not just used for the sake of using them. Instead, digital tools can be used to activate students. I would like to help determine which tools and methods are meaningful for student’s learning process and teacher’s enjoyment in teaching.