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The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has awarded a subsidy to the University of Amsterdam for four projects in the field of Open and Online Learning. The subsidy forms part of the Open and Online Learning subsidy and amounts to a total of 100,000 euros per project. The projects will start in the course of 2016.

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Credits: Fred van Diem

The UvA will use the subsidy for the following projects:

Open online course: ‘Improved writing skills in higher education’

The UvA and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) will receive a subsidy to develop an Open Online Course (OOC) for the improvement of students’ writing skills in Dutch higher education. The primary aim is to give current students insight into the various steps within the writing process. In addition, the OOC focuses on prospective students.

Open online variant course ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Communication’

The College of Communication will start with developing an open online variant of the course ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Communication’. The open online course will consist of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Coursera. An important aspect of the plan is the use of MOOC in blended learning didactics. The current course Communication Ethics of the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science will be reshaped so that students can start working with interactive learning methods prior to classes.

Intensified teaching and learning with formative testing

The Bachelor’s programme in Pedagogical Sciences will expand on its current blended learning concept. A number of comprehensive and formative online tests will be added to divide students in homogenous skills groups. Within these groups, teaching and learning will be done by a lecturer who can focus on the needs within the group. The content of the test precedes the material, which is dealt with during lectures.

Scientific programming skills for everyone

The College of Science plans to offer a broad and large-scale programming course that focuses on realistic, subject-specific problems. The elective is offered online, making it possible for all students to fit it in within their curriculum.

About the subsidy

Up until 2018, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science will make funds available on four occasions for the annual Open and Online Learning subsidy. Twenty-one projects were submitted during the second round of the subsidy, 12 of which were successful. Earlier, the UvA’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) received a subsidy to offer the interdisciplinary course Big History as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).