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

School's out, and I go to a library

1991-2021 – realizing I will tick my thirty years of working experience, and reflecting on how I worked back then, and why I should choose to go for a physical book as summer reading.
July 20, 2021
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

How to make sure that students appreciate your active learning method - 2?

This tip is about the importance of embedding the assignment in the learning process. As a teacher, you must always ensure that it is clear to students why assignments are used and how they should be carried out. Embedding the assignment in the learning process This tip is about the importance of embedding the assignment […]
July 9, 2021
Silvester Draaijer

How to make sure that students appreciate your active learning method - 1?

Active learning methods are not always appreciated by students. As a teacher, you notice that students do not participate in the lesson, or that they evaluate the teaching low. How can this be? In a series of tips, we will discuss different partial answers. This tip is about the importance of constructive alignment. Constructive alignment […]
July 6, 2021
Silvester Draaijer

"We are in this together"

Do we include education in the team science approach, or would it be useful to have a team education approach as well? I found a possible answer when I bumped into a recorded livestream from the University of Twente.
June 16, 2021
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

Share your ideas for the future of learning and teaching

The KIN Center for Digital Innovation of the School of Business and Economics  (SBE) invites VU students and staff to share their ideas about the future of learning and teaching. The KIN Center has set up a unique collaborative online space where you can share and discuss ideas and select the most promising ideas for further development at SBE and maybe at the VU or even beyond. The platform is open […]
June 8, 2021
Loes Hooijenga

CSL Newsletter May 2021

Upcoming event! Learning Lab How to use CSL to implement sustainability into teaching practices? Date: May 11, 2021 03:00 PMLocation: online, through Zoom (scroll down for more information) Together with the Sustainability Leadership Hub we organize a workshop on how Community Service Learning can be used to integrate sustainability into teaching practices. Experts will provide examples of how […]
May 16, 2021
Mawuena Evans