Useful tools to take Tutorials online

Maastricht university has made a list of tools and their uses to facilitate online learning for teachers and tutors.  

Tool wheel

Tool box 

Have a look at how you can Collaborate, Discuss, Practice, Produce, Investigate and Acquire Knowledge in an online learning environment. 



VideUM – Maastricht University video portal

Some links to sections of VideUM the Maastricht University video portal, supported by the UM library.

Knowledge clips: Openshot

If you have found/made a video for your course, and you need to edit it; perhaps delete some parts of it or add a few slides in between to provide further explanations for your students, then we can tell you about openshot. A great video-editing tool.
Here is a clip that our colleagues in the library have made. You see instructions on how to use Open shot.
Openshot is a free tool. You can download and install it on your computer through this link.


GoSoapbox: voor meer interactie tijdens je college

In maart 2016 schreven we al op deze blog over de online interactietool GoSoapbox. Steeds meer docenten gebruiken de applicatie in hun onderwijs, vooral omdat ze meer interactie met hun studenten willen of voorkennis activeren. Daarnaast willen ze dat motivatie en concentratie van hun studenten toeneemt. Deze gebruiksvriendelijke tool maakt verschillende vormen van interactie tijdens een college mogelijk. Met hun smartphone, tablet of laptop kunnen studenten in real time hun mening geven in een poll, quizvragen beantwoorden, discussies aangaan of door andere studenten gestelde vragen naar boven stemmen. Ook kun je aan je confusion barometer zien hoeveel studenten de weg kwijt zijn.

Studenten waarderen het gebruiksgemak en zien de tool als een aanvulling op het college. Ze voelen zich meer betrokken, hebben het gevoel dat er echt interactie is met de docent en medestudenten en vinden de colleges aantrekkelijker. Ook docenten zijn over het algemeen positief. Zo schrijft docente Claudia Engelmann (FASoS):

In using GoSoapBox during lectures, I aimed for two different things: first, catching students’ attention during a crucial moment in the lecture; and second, making sure that the question I posed stuck to their mind (hopefully until the end of the course). The course “Negotiation Skills’ (BA European Studies) is about learning and applying knowledge on how to negotiate. The course consists of several tutorials where we discuss negotiation tactics and decision-making procedures in the EU. Students also have to participate in three negotiation simulations where each student represents an EU member states (or the Commission). During the very first meeting/lecture of the course, I asked students about the most powerful actor in EU negotiations. By doing so, I wanted students to become aware of the different players and their potential in influencing EU negotiations.


Op de website E-learning support  van de Universiteitsbibliotheek vind je meer informatie over tools die je kunt gebruiken om meer interactie in je onderwijs te brengen. De bibliotheek biedt GoSoapbox onder licentie aan. Deze loopt vooralsnog tot 1 augustus 2017.


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Artikel: Carroll, Julie-Anne, Rodgers, Jess, Sankupellay, Mangalam, Newcomb, Michelle, & Cook, Roger (2014). Systematic evaluation of GoSoapBox in tertiary education : a student response system for improving learning experiences and outcomes. In INTED2014 Proceedings, IATED, Valencia, Spain.

Dit stukje werd geschreven door Odin Essers, e-learning specialist van de UB.


PeerWise: Making exam questions as a student to learn!

During the EBMA annual conference: Crossing boundaries- assessment in medical education on October 14 2016, Jason Walsh of Cardiff University presented the evaluation of a formative assessment that they used at their medical school. They used the free software program PeerWise. A promising tool where students construct examen questions (multiple choice). This makes them think about the content, what a good question would be (and hence what they should know or gain insight in), what alternatives they should offer and hence determine what is not related to the question. In addition they also should add feedback to the different answer possibilities. Other students can then solve the questions or comment on the questions, for instance if they do not agree with the answer or with the feedback provided. From the evaluation done at Cardiff university it seems that students who construct questions and comment on questions benefit in term of knowledge gain, while this is not the case for just answering the questions.

Over two years, two cohorts (respectively 297 and 306 students) constructed 4971 questions, answered 606658 times and posted 7735 comments discussing the questions.

And perhaps you can even use some of the questions as real exam questions…..

 To get more information visit the website You can register for free, and in any case look at some short introduction videos. Below a short introduction is shown.

If you want to try this out in your education, please let us know!

Interactive Word Cloud to activate pre-knowledge.

In my previous job as a lecturer at Hogeschool Zuyd I have run several workgroups on Qualitative Research for learning groups in their first year ICT. This course (in block 4) was more or less a continuation of a previous one about Applied Research (in block 2). To bridge both courses and to mobilise their pre-knowledge I used the technique of word clouding. On the basis of an easy question and using an online brainstorm the learners created a collective Word Cloud. My simple question was: “Write down the most important concepts, which popup in your mind concerning qualitative research”. After the input stopped, the final result was shown using a beamer.


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