Staff publications

New FASoS T&L Blog on grading known students in PBL

Nora Vaage discusses the (unacknowledged) challenge of grading the work of known students in PBL in the latest contribution to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog.

She finds that tutors grading their own groups raises major quality concerns. And while there may be a rising awareness of this – given an increasing number of courses where tutors do grade each others’ groups – we need to continuously search for better options.


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New FASoS T&L Blog on using video reflection in teaching staff training

In the latest contribution to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog, Vincent Bijman reflects on how video footage can be used to facilitate reflection. Last November’s PBL Movie Night led to new insights on strategies to improve the role of the tutor in PBL and underlined the importance of incorporating reflection on video footage as part of university teaching staff training.


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Blog post by Valentina Carraro on expertise in UN bodies

To what extent are members of the UN human rights treaty bodies truly expert and independent from their home governments – as their mandate requires – considering that they are nominated and elected by states?

Valentina Carraro wrote a blog post addressing this issue, discussing results from her recent article published in the European Journal of International Relations.

Adriaensen, Bijsmans & Groen publish on skills development in the BA ES

Johan Adriaensen, Patrick Bijsmans and Afke Groen have just published a first article from their research project on generic skills development in the BA ES. The open access article in particular looks at how a portfolio – and in this case, a PBL self-assessment – may help to monitor students’ generic skills development. The current portfolio may achieve its educational objectives, but has limitations in light of teaching and learning research.


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Eurozine launches new Focal Point, co-edited by Ferenc Laczó

With the release of six essays and an editorial, Eurozine, a network of European cultural journals, has just launched its new Focal Point ‘The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989.’. Dozens of essays by prominent intellectuals will be published throughout the year. The Focal Point is edited by Luka Lisjak from (Slovene journal) Razpotja and Ferenc Laczó from Maastricht University.


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New blog @FASoS T&L blog by Constance Sommerey and Afke Groen

On International Women’s Day, Constance Sommerey and Afke Groen blog about the gender biases they encounter in the teaching evaluations of students. Being a young and female tutor is a recipe for poorer teaching evaluations, which can have real consequences. It’s thus about time to address and disarm such bias.


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Roundtable Contemporary European Historians on Brexit published

The journal Contemporary European History has just published a roundtable titled ‘Contemporary European Historians on Brexit’ with twenty contributions by historians from across Europe. Ferenc Laczo has co-authored one of the contributions with his colleague Mate Rigo (Yale-NUS College, Singapore) under the title ‘New Versailles or a Velvet Revolution? Brexit and the Exits of Central and Eastern European History, 1916–2016.’

Katleen Gabriels in Financieel Dagblad on 15 years Facebook

The Financieel Dagblad published an article on Fifteen years of Facebook: one big social experiment. In the article Katleen Gabriels talks about the influence of Facebook on our lives and the up- and downside of using it.

Gabriels: “Facebook made everything a lot more transparent. That is not only nice and fun, but it can also be very confronting.”

The full article is available online (in Dutch).

New Book by Jessica Mesman on Video-reflexive Ethnography

Together with Rick Iedema, Katherine Carroll, Ailleen Collier, Suyin Hor and Mary Wyer, Jessica Mesman has published a book on Video-reflexive Ethnography (VRE) in Health Research and Healthcare improvement. Rather than being guided by an instrumentalist methodological procedure, the book offers a collaborative, applied, visual method.


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Yf Reykers published ‘Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms’ (Routledge)

Yf Reykers, together with John Karlsrud (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), has edited the volume ‘Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms: From Institutional Proliferation to Institutional Exploitation’.

This edited volume brings together a group of leading scholars to explore and identify the key factors that hamper and enable the development and deployment of multinational rapid response mechanisms.


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