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

Tools for online education

‘Thanks to the efforts of teachers, educational supporters, IT departments and many others, education in the Netherlands is offered entirely online from one moment to the next. That is an unimaginable achievement. Digital tools are needed to teach online. How do you find your way through the wide range of tools on offer? Take a […]
January 4, 2021
Mawuena Evans

Getting started with Peerfeedback

‘Peerfeedback is a way to make large-scale education more personal and can relieve the teacher’s workload. It is a demonstrably suitable form of education to bring about deeper learning – critical thinking, knowledge processing, creativity – among students.’ In November and December, SURF organised three webinars around peerfeedback. All webinars are available via the links […]
January 4, 2021
Mawuena Evans

Connected learning

After my first 100 days as director SOZ (SEA, Student & Educations Affairs) at the Vrije Universiteit, it is time for some reflections. A good opportunity to look back at my “final thoughts” document I made after the MOOC Leaders of Learning (HarvardX), that I followed from April-June 2020. And then to see what I […]
December 23, 2020
Wilma Van Wezenbeek

How covid-19 changes education. What is your story?

Do you work in education, are you a student or do you just have a lot of ideas about education? Then take part in the Daphne Riksen Writing Award! This writing competition was organised by SURF to encourage more and better writing about technology, innovation and education. The theme for 2020 is ‘How covid-19 changes […]
December 22, 2020
Mawuena Evans

Contract with Mentimeter continued until 2024

Mentimeter is the online tool of VU to vote online or to organize competitions. It is widely used for teaching, but also for many other purposes. Especially during the corona period, Mentimeter is being used a lot.  Based on a negotiated tender, Mentimeter has been selected again as the most suitable online voting tool for […]
December 10, 2020
Mawuena Evans

Being a Community University

The new Director of Student and Educational Affairs, ir. Wilma van Wezenbeek, shares some thoughts about the direction in which the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam should be headed: could we be a Community University instead of a Campus University! Being a community university A special day to write some reflections. Firstly because I had a really […]
September 29, 2020
Wilma Van Wezenbeek