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Quality of education

Education Day

On Tuesday, 28 May 2019 the University of Amsterdam organised a new edition of its annual Education Day. This knowledge-sharing event is for everyone involved in education at the UvA: lecturers, other education professionals and students.

The UvA Education Day is the place to share, discuss and anticipate inspiring ideas, projects and practical examples from education, and look ahead to the (near) future of education. This year’s central themes are context-based learning and smart teaching.


Opening by Machiel Keestra (09:00 min)
Speech by Rector Magnificus Karen Maex (12:23 min)
Launch UvA Teaching & Learning Centre (21:23 min)
Keynote speech by door Sameer Ashar, Vice Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law at UCLA (25:34 min)
Q&A with Sameer Ashar (1:11:55 min)
Keynote speech by Kristina Edström, Associate Professor in Engineering Education Development at KTH (2:41:31 min)
Q&A with Kristina Edström (3:34:20 min)
Plenary Closing Session (4:39:40 min)
Lecturer of the Year Award (4:55:00 min)

Context based learning

Prof. dr. Dr Sameer Ashar specialises in experiential learning, a specific form of context based learning. In his keynote lecture he will go deeper into the added value of this educational concept and share his experiences with this way of teaching at UCLA.

Smart teaching

Dr Kristina Edström has a background in Engineering. In her keynote, she will teach us her 'Teaching Trick', which increases the quality of the learning experience of the student without more effort - or even with less effort - from the teacher.


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