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Quality of education

Education Day

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

Time and place

  • Time: Tuesday, 28 May, 11:30 - 18:00
  • Location: Aula - Oude Lutherse Kerk
  • Free entrance
  • The event will be in English

Public transport strike on 28 May:  The UvA Education Day will take place as planned on 28 May, despite the public transport strike. We will also broadcast the event via livestream so that employees who would like to attend, but are unable due to the strike, can still watch along. The link to the live stream will be placed on this page.


11:30-12:00  Lunch buffet in the Aula

Start of programme

  • Opening by Rector Magnificus Karen Maex
  • Launch of the Teaching & Learning Centre (TLC)
12:15-13:00 Keynote speech by Sameer Ashar, Vice Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law
13:15-14:00 Parallel sessions ‘Context-based learning’ in the University Library Singel
14:00-14:30 Coffee break in the Aula
14:30-15:15 Keynote speech by Kristina Edström, Associate Professor in Engineering Education Development at KTH
15:30-16:15 Parallel sessions ‘Smart teaching’ in the University Library
16:30-16:50 Plenary Closing Session in the Aula
16:50-17:00 Lecturer of the Year Award
17:00-18:00 Closing reception in the Aula

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Context based learning

More than ever students want to apply their academic knowledge and skills meaningfully. The proximity of metropolitan issues and involved civil society organizations and companies offer opportunities for our students to enrich education. The UvA wants to educate students who are at the centre of society and are prepared for a local and global working and living environment. The connection with the city and space for social involvement are crucial for this. Context based learning assumes that real-life experiences and examples are indispensable for the acquisition of knowledge and therefore for education.

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

Feedback is inherent to good education. The quality of the feedback that students receive from their teachers is one of the most important factors for how much students learn. But more feedback is not always better. We tend to confuse quantity with quality sometimes. We also do not always know what good feedback is. How often should we give students feedback? Should we give feedback on all details? Which feedback improves the quality of the learning experience? And can feedback also be counter-productive?

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.

Photo by Wouter van der Wolk


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