Did you miss it? The activities we offered you in the second international Open Education Week? Don’t worry; we’ll update you via the website.

In this week we focused on sharing, reducing barriers and increasing access in education. Universities throughout the world organised events and activities to pay attention to what open education can be. The University Library has for the third time taken up the initiative to host presentations and workshops and is proud to present again an informative website about openness in education at our university.

What did we do?

The EdL@b, offered workshops for teachers and others interested in making instructional videos about MyMediasite, a desktop lecture recording tool. If you could not be present but still want to learn about the tool (and other topics), please register for the upcoming EdL@b Inspiration Session (17 April 2013).

The Writing Studio for students starting or working at their theses and Peer Point visited several faculties and -whether this is a good sign or not- Peer point received a lot more requests for support in searching and writing the week after. Also organized by the Writing Studio was the workshop ‘Schrijf Wijzer’ in which the publisher introduced the participants to the digital version of the book Schrijfwijzer from Jan Renkema. It is a well-known Dutch manual on how to write proper Dutch. It’s for you to judge whether they learned to use the knowledge…

And was it because the participants in the workshop building your competencies proved to serve as perfect guinea pigs when invited to try the new online platform for informal learning? Fact is that the Staff Development Centre will launch this platform on 16 April on which you – UM-employee – will be able to exchange valuable work and learning experiences 24/7 in a brand new digital learning environment. Together we can all get smarter! The following video will give you an idea about the philosophy of informal learning.

Because the co-authors of the book on openness in education were very busy writing and defending their doctoral dissertations they postponed their ambition to invite you to discuss the implications of open education. They promised to soon share their chapters with you and open up to you to start the conversation with them. How? They will let you know!

Several teachers contributed to the website after the first launch in February, resulting in appealing examples of open education like the Brain Matters app (which makes it possible to see how the brain functions) or educational practices at FASoS.

Want to read also about activities other institutions offered? Please visit the SURF website with special attention for a trend report open educational resources (in Dutch) and several presentations about this topic.

And to conclude: we were happy to meet so many colleagues willing to share their work and ideas on open education and look already forward to the next open week to come!


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