Johanna Hvalić’s third vlog about her MaRBLe research

Johanna is a third-year BA European Studies student. During the course On Expedition: travels into the unknown, MaRBLE students use travel books from the university library’s Special Collections to write their bachelor thesis and a Wikipedia entry. Johanna is one of them.

In her vlogs, Johanna takes you along her expedition and shares her experiences during this period. In this vlog, she tells how her research is going and she is returning to Maastricht!

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FASoS Weekly summer break from 6 July-14 August

Please note there will be no FASoS Weekly between Monday 6 July and Friday 14 August 2020. The current edition is the last FASoS weekly before the summer break. The first edition after the summer break will be published on Thursday 20 August.

If there are pressing matters during the break, we will consider sending out a special edition. Please contact the FASoS Weekly team via communications-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

RMES student Serena Rosadini publishes academic article

RMES student Serena Rosadini has published her first academic article in the African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. The article discusses the changes in the South African political culture and system after the fall of the Apartheid regime and the 1994 elections.

You can read the open access article here.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on DIY videos in teaching

In our latest blog post, Sjoerd Stoffels discusses the actual process of filming a video for teaching purposes.

Using video has become part of teaching reality during recent months, but on a global scale this is hardly a new development. It concerns more than just recording full lectures; instead it is about various concepts that are better suited for digesting information on devices or screens, not just in times of online teaching and learning.

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Zahar Koretsky and Harro van Lente organise webinar on technology exit

The webinar entitled “How are technologies abandoned?” was a virtual version of a session of a cancelled conference in Utrecht Eu-SPRI 2020. The webinar falls into technology decline/exit research agenda – a growing research topic in STS and sustainability transition studies. Seven presentations were held and 17 academics participated, both ‘veterans’ and newcomers to the topic.

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RMES student Leon Kaiser publishes policy brief

Leon Kaiser, student in the Research Master European Studies, has published a policy brief on the Common Agricultural Policy with the OpenEUdebate Jean Monnet Network.

In this policy brief, Leon puts forward four ways for the EU to support small farmers and to begin shaping digital agriculture.

We need your input for the UM network for parents and carers

In the framework of the UM Cares project, the D&I Office is looking into establishing a UM network for parents and carers.

This network should be a place where students and staff with caring responsibilities can meet and exchange experiences and advice. It will also have an advisory role within UM on how to improve facilities for students and staff with caring responsibilities.

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Join the discussion on UM sustainability policy

Join the Green Impact team’s discussion on 17 June from 9.30 to 11.00 via Zoom.

We are looking for input concerning the following topics:

  • International business travel
  • Nature inclusive campus
  • Health & well-being in buildings on campus (water, nourishment and relaxing)
  • Competencies for UM staff members on sustainability

Send an email with your input to sustainability@maastrichtuniversity.nl stating your name, faculty and the topic.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning blog post

In our latest blog post, Patrick Bijsmans discusses his first experience with using videos in online teaching and learning. While he had considered using videos pre-corona, he never actually came around to trying. Patrick wanted to use the current crisis to experiment with videos to support students’ learning, as he had to redesign three lectures that were ideal for introducing video.

This is what he learned – includes links to all videos!

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Report on student evaluation of online education II

In week 5 of period 5 a student evaluation survey about online education at FASoS was offered to all students.

A report on the outcomes of this survey can be found here.

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