16 June 2017 • Kimberley Brewster
Join forces in educational research
Involving colleagues directly and in an efficient way in building a sustainable research community is what this ‘Research Group’ is set out to do. The meeting on Thursday the 8th of June was the first step. There where the Faculty Management & Organization launched their new ‘Research Community’. Many lecturers and researchers from the faculty shared their experiences and plans around the theme ‘implementation of research in educational programs’. In mixed groups different topics were discussed and how to facilitate researchers to share studies with students and other lecturers faculty broad.
Rosa Groen, lecturer BKM, opens the meeting. “We do not collaborate enough”, says Rosa. She then talks about an experience she once had. She was coming out of the bathroom and her skirt was wrongly placed. Somebody notified Rosa about this, which left Rosa feeling grateful and embarrassed at the same time. Rosa: “I feel the same about building a research community at THUAS. Grateful about the fact that so many attended this first meeting and are enthusiastic about research. And embarrassed that something like this has not been organized before.” For Rosa the goal of the meeting on the 8th of June is to set up a research network, which stimulates people to share techniques/tools on how to implement research in education, with the ultimate goal to learn from each other and help students.
The second speaker, Claudia Diers-Lienke, lecturer at the Communicatie course and at the International Communication management program, talked about a research project she conducted about aspects of Cognitive Psychology for Amsterdam VU University. During her research about ‘bad teaching’ she was intrigued by intrinsic motivation of innovative lecturers. What drives them and how can they be supported? Claudia asked the audience: “within your function here at THUAS, do you feel empowered or a cog in a wheel?” The thought behind this question is that Claudia learned from her case study, conducted amongst 88 lecturers at Amsterdam VU University, that the ‘organizational transfer climate’ at work is a stumble stone for a long-term effect on improved education. What is key: do not be afraid of failing, but learn from your mistakes and create an environment that allows all staff members to flourish, thus Claudia.
Lastly Isabel Düsterhöft, lecturer European Studies, pitched the COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) research project she has taken on with her colleague Mari-Jose Weijerman. This project contains a theoretical research part and a practical component focusing on re-designing the course Public International Law. COIL encourages teachers to co-develop a course with two or more institutions from different countries, each of them supporting their students, who come from different parts of the world, and working together on a common area of focus, learning through intercultural experiences instead of solely via text books, etc. The added value for any programme is the clear intercultural and international component in the curriculum. The research project focuses on how successful COIL is; what COIL projects (or similar courses) exist at THUAS and in the Netherlands; what the experiences of teachers and students (case studies)are; what pitfalls and challenges have been encountered; and what kind of institutional support is crucial.
Interested to learn more about the ‘bad teaching’ research, please contact Claudia Diers-Lienke via: C.T.Diers-Lienke@hhs.nl.
Want to know more about COIL or are you planning to organize a COIL-like course in the near future, please contact Isabel Düsterhöft via: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mari-Jose Weijerman via: email@example.com.
In the following academic year the Research Community M&O will organize three more meetings, which will be communicated to anyone involved in research or potentially involved in research. Would you like to be on this mailing list, please contact Tineke de Swart via: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rosa Groen via: email@example.com.