News and events Tilburg University

Educational Innovation Award for Nicoleta Meslec with tool to teach students in smaller groups in a customized way

Published: 22nd December 2020 Last updated: 22nd December 2020

6 votes.

The Executive Board bestowed the Tilburg University Education Innovation Award upon Nicoleta Meslec of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences for her flexible online education project 'Collective Intelligence at Work'. The winner receives 4000 euros. She developed a tool to teach students in smaller groups.

With Collective Intelligence at Work Meslec aims to promote the flexibility of online education. Online education in corona time has shown that ,among other things,  students are better able to organize their own time by means of recorded lectures. But they experience the zoom sessions with lectures followed by asking questions, repetitive and boring. Participating in simulation games, for example, is also difficult.

Meslec's project creates a tool that allows students to access more flexible and customized higher education. It uses an existing platform for instructors that offers space for creative group processes. The core is that students are split up into several smaller groups and given different tasks, then interact with the teacher and finally come together again as a whole group.

The CIAW platform provides an environment in which a multitude of games, simulations and interactive activities can be configured. This makes the platform easy to use in its current form and tailored to the needs of other faculties and programs.

The award should be applicable to all faculties

The Rector Magnificus presents the 2-yearly prize during the next edition of the Tilburg Campus Dialogues on January 21, 2021. The nominations have been judged by a jury chaired by the Rector Magnificus. This jury consisted of scientists Brigitte Kroon and Ico Maly and two students Wouter Jansen (SAM group) and Demi Schaap (Front ). The winning project must be innovative in the field of education and the innovation in principle be applicable to other (preferably all) faculties.