Keynotes and sessions

2018 Education Day

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The motivational role of the lecturer

Prof. Maarten Vansteenkiste

How do we ensure that students participate more actively and are more involved in the education, and what is the role of the active teaching methods herein? In this lecture, an answer to these questions will be formulated from an academic perspective. It will examine various types of motivation, what the breeding ground for high-quality motivation is and how a lecturer can cater for this via his or her lecturing style. In addition to a number of concrete tips, a framework will be provided, in particular, in order to reflect on a motivational lecturing style. 

The Challenges of Implicit Bias in the Classroom

Prof. L. Song Richardson

Although we often believe we act without bias or stereotyping, we’re all subject to unconscious biases. These shortcuts are useful, but can also subtly and negatively influence our actions. In this keynote L. Song Richardson will focus on unconscious bias and the impact thereof in teaching and learning. How can we conceptualise diversity and how can we put it into practice in the international classroom? She will share experiences from UCI Law in terms of good practices and the changes and impact of these practices on the academic community.


Opportunities for the Global Perspective in the Teaching Practice

Prof. L. Song Richardson

Teaching at the UvA is increasingly taking place within an international classroom. In this session, we will focus on the question of how to mainstream diversity and a global perspective in the curriculum and teaching practices. Best practices will be shared on the use of course material, gender neutral language, staff training and other practices in and beyond the classroom.

Dealing with diversity: how do you utilise the power of diversity?

Marten Bos

Diversity in terms of socioeconomic background, ethnicity and gender, for example, can lead to lack of understanding and (often subconscious) exclusivity in daily interactions. Various mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, privilege and discriminations play a role herein.  In this workshop, the participants will set to work on exercises under the guidance of Marten Bos in order to experience what intersectionality/inclusivity entails. In addition, cases put forward from education at the UvA will be handled in order to be able to apply the knowledge in practice.

The international classroom as the new reality

Task Force International Classroom

The UvA is internationally oriented and strives for a balanced mix of nationalities. For this reason, teaching at the UvA partially takes place in an international classroom, which contributes to the further development of the students’ critical capacities by introducing them to a variety of educational perspectives.  The Task Force produced a paper outlining the key characteristics of the UvA’s International Classroom model. In this interactive workshop, we will briefly elucidate the four key components that jointly constitute the UvA international classroom (language, curriculum, diversity, student experience). In this session, we will mainly focus on the pillars: student experience and curriculum. After a very brief input talk, we will invite you all to share your ideas, insights and experiences. 

Published by  University of Amsterdam

4 May 2018