Online education in the spotlight
Coronavirus has an enormous impact on education at Tilburg University. The past few months were a turbulent period for our staff and students. That's why we give them the floor with their personal stories.
Personal experiences in online education
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Tilburg University switched over to online education almost overnight, last March. Instructors had to teach classes online and students went from a bustling student life to full online education confined to their homes. This had, and still has, an enormous impact on their lives. That is why, in the coming period, we will give the floor to a number of students and employees and reflect on their personal experiences. Listen to and read their stories, too!
Personal stories students – Read more
I felt insecure because of the fear of falling behind on my studies
The transition from personal to online education was quite stressful for Marinka Hack, who is in her second year of the Public Administration program and in her first year of Law. The feeling of insecurity was worst."
Online teaching is challenging for everyone
Even though as an ECCO board member on TiSEM’s student council, third-year International Business Administration student Laura Vitello strongly advocated using video lectures more often, the transition, when it came, was sudden and big.
I’m missing out on campus life
“I wanted to stay in the Netherlands at first, but when more and more people began returning to Greece from the UK, I became anxious. Would I be able to see my family over the summer? My father sent me an app in the middle of the night and three days later I was on a plane back home.”, according to third-year student Kate Kalpaxi.
Personal stories employees – Read more
Online education frees up time for discussions with students
“I had sleepless nights over how we could continue to ensure the same quality of education and give students a valuable learning experience,” Leonie Reins confesses. She is Assistant Professor with the Law and Technology LLM program.
‘Learning by doing’ in an uncertain, constantly changing period
“The trickiest thing in this period was probably that so much was unknown. You thought you had made arrangements but then issues came up, or call them challenges,” as Inge van Rijt describes it. Inge is an innovation manager at TiSEM.
The importance of good facilities and support is enormous
“In the past exam period, I was most proud of how, together with instructors, examining boards, support staff, IT people, and a lot of ingenious improvisation, we managed to administer the tests for all courses,” says Marlien Vos, who works as a program manager for DEEP (Digital Education Enhancement Program) and Research IT.
A giant step: a typical campus university switches to full online education
“Full online education is far from ideal. I am happy students now have at least some opportunities to return to campus”, says Esther Breuker, head of the Teacher Development department. We asked Esther how she experienced the many changes that occurred when the corona crisis erupted.
Online education offers more scope for in-depth treatment of subject areas
“The experts who used to try and communicate their knowledge as effectively as they could in lecture halls are more open to in-depth questions that bring the teaching material more to life now they teach online,” says Marije Markus, innovation coordinator and test expert for TLS.
'We involve students in everything we do'
Students should take charge of their careers, according to Vice Dean Jeroen Kuilman. A discussion about the quality of education, lecturing during corona, and studying abroad. “Of course, it’s also great to travel, to meet new people, and to party with them.”
Lecturers should be given time to prepare for online education
“I am especially proud of the lecturers who have weathered the storm in these difficult times. People should not underestimate the impact this has had on lecturers,” says Petra Heck. Petra works as a Project Manager for Educational Development and Innovation at the Tilburg School of Humanities & Digital Sciences.
Behind the scenes of the lecture hall
Good education is about more than just good teachers. A whole team works in the background to make sure everything runs smoothly. But what does this Education Support Team do and what changed because of corona?
Podcasts 'Online teaching and learning' – Listen to their stories
Podcast episode 1 | Man Proposes, God Disposes
In the first episode we connect online with William Arfman, lecturer from the School of Catholic Theology, and his student Rieks Hekman to talk about their experience with online education in the last turbulent semester.
Podcast episode 2 | The 1,500 km University
In this vivid episode we hear about how to design an online class in which students actively engage with the instructor and each other and whether the 1,500 km would be worth the trip for our guests or whether they would prefer to continue teaching and learning online.
Podcast episode 3 | Every challenge is an opportunity
In this last episode of the first season we ask Carlie how she managed to put up with her new role, and invited one of her students, Nick van Gastel, to share how it was to be part of such a massive course as Marketing Management is.
Podcast episode 1 | An online start for student life
NEW | In the first episode of season two we are going to take you back to the end of August when TOP Week, Tilburg University’s introduction week for new students, was taking place.
Online Education yes/no/no choice
Because of corona we are all in the same boat
How do students and staff experience the transition to online education?