Aurora can serve its member universities specifically in the context of innovation of teaching & learning, which is understood widely to include developments in digitalisation of education as well as innovation in the content and the balance of subject-related, general cognitive and personal learning outcomes.
The aim of the focus in Aurora on Innovation of Teaching and Learning is twofold. Primarily to exchange innovations in pedagogy and tools amongst the partners and to implement promising ones in each of our programs. Secondly, ITL aims to develop shared resources and joint educational modules on key themes of the Aurora Universities Network such as Sustainability, Health and Life Sciences etcetera. Since the UGA chair of the group has retired and the Vice Rectors Education have formed their own Aurora platform, it is now considered that the vice-rectors will assume responsibility for the ITL theme as well. The Vice Rectors Education has asked for new activities connected to the shared aspiration which they identified. The current project(s):
Summary of recent activities
After successful submissions and presentations at the Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference (TEA2018, 10-11 December 2018 in Amsterdam), this group keeps on working together. Further collaboration is expected on innovative support of students’ writing processes, using text analysis tools developed at the University of Antwerp (Inputlog). UAntwerp is in the lead. Within the new VU Network for Teaching & Learning, a further start-up by setting up experiments is expected.
About the e-Assesment tool
The University of Antwerp and the University Duisburg-Essen have taken the lead on this topic. The e-Assessment tool JACK, developed by UDE, has been shared with UAntwerp. The purpose is to combine the strengths of the UDE Jack and Antwerp’s AlephQ: a first pilot has started with 500 economy students in UAntwerp who will make assessments with both programmes. Amsterdam is leading in research dissemination as it organises the Technology Enhanced Assessment Conference (TEA2018), 10-11 December 2018 in Amsterdam (http://www.teaconference.org/). The paper submitted jointly by Amsterdam, Antwerpen and Duisburg-Essen for the TEA2018 has been accepted. Further collaboration is expected with innovation in supporting the writing processes of students with specific text analysis tools that were developed at the University of Antwerp (Inputlog).