Sometimes you hear or read about another perspective on a scientific problem, on a didactic approach, on a technical problem or on a political issue, of which you think ‘I’ve never looked at it like that before, but there’s something in it’. It makes you doubt. Do I have to make up another mind?

In this new section NT&L gives the floor to a teacher, a student, someone from the supporting staff, a program director, whoever, as long as the issue at hand touches on education (at the VU). All we ask is a surprising look, a different view, an eye opener.

Every month a different person will address an intriguing issue. Would you like to make a contribution? Please contact onderwijswerkplaats@vu.nl.

Think about that: What are we good for?

On 17 November 2022 I attended the Knowledge Equity Network Summit (#KEN2022). Leeds University is taking this very seriously, that is take-away number one. Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Nick Plant had already taken their stand in a blog, video and a draft declaration. But in the opening speech […]
November 18, 2022
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

"Science should be truly cooperative, open and in responsible relationship with society"

Some notes I made of the book “Open Science: the Very Idea”, by Frank Miedema During the summer holiday I had planned to read Frank Miedema’s book on open science, and so I did, during some afternoons at the beach. During reading I made notes, and in this blog I highlight a few parts of […]
August 16, 2022
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

"What you tell, but not by what you say"

The title of the third module of the Avicenna Leadership Course is “Playing with Energy”. After the first two modules on the sources of leadership and self-reflection, we now have tools to better present ourselves on the basis of our qualities. Once again, we were given the opportunity to go into depth with our group […]
June 22, 2022
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

Open Education Global: Increasing Impact for All

It was not my first Open Education Global conference, because when it was held in Delft (during my TU Delft Library time), in 2018, I attended a few sessions, but this was the first time I attended the full conference, three days, in Nantes, France. Of course it was great to really have time to […]
May 26, 2022
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

The whisper of truth

(How to find and use your talent) Where the first module of our leadership course was about “sources of leadership”, this module was about getting to know yourself and reflection. And there is no better place to explore this than a monastery or abbey. We went to Saint Willibrord’s Abbey in Doetinchem for three days […]
April 12, 2022
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

In balance with a strong mind

Changing jobs at the start of the pandemic is quite a challenge. Kickstarting within a vital unit that supported the continuation of the education for our students did not allow for much “getting-to-know-each-other” time. Caring for a large group of people I never once have been able to really meet face-to-face in a plenary meeting […]
February 17, 2022
Wilma Van Wezenbeek
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