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PhD Defence Marjoleine Dobbelaer

posted 14 Feb 2019, 05:01 by ICO Education

On Friday, 22 February 2019 at 12:45 hours exactly, Marjoleine Dobbelaer (University of Twente) will defend her thesis The quality and qualities of classroom observation systems.

All ICO Members are cordially invited to be present at the PhD graduation ceremony at the University of Twente

ICO National Spring School 2019: change in the programme

posted 13 Feb 2019, 04:38 by ICO Education   [ updated 13 Feb 2019, 04:38 ]

On the second day of the ICO NSS2019, 15 March, there will be a national education strike, involving employees from primary education up to higher education, to call attention to the reduction of work pressure and more government investment in education. Within this context, the Dutch WOinActie protest movement is campaigning for the university and its future. Both the ICO board and ICO management support these actions. ICO has already informed you about this in the extra ICO newsletter on the 31st of January.

As a consequence, the second day of the NSS will have a different character: instead of the planned workshops and presentations, the second day will be devoted to action and reflection on the field of education and educational research. We hope that all ICO members support this campaign, by joining the WOinActie protest together with the NSS-participants, but this second day is no longer a mandatory part of the NSS.

For this reason, all presentations will be scheduled on the first day of the NSS. We will try to organise one or two of the preferred workshops for the PhDs at an alternative event. We will inform you about this at a later stage.

On Thursday evening we will come together for the NSS-dinner, in a location close to Amsterdam Zuid railway station.  For those who already planned to stay over on Thursday evening, we would like you to join us to come to The Hague to campaign. If there are enough people staying with us, we are considering to hire a bus to go there together, leaving from Amsterdam Zuid. Please let us know if you will join the bus by filling in this form before the 20th of February. For all who are going to The Hague from other places, we will inform you about a meeting point in The Hague, from where you can join us if you want.

Pre-conference World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) 2019 in Amsterdam

posted 4 Feb 2019, 01:42 by ICO Education   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 01:42 ]

Monday 2 September 2019 - VU Amsterdam - 
From 3-9 September 2019, the international WALS conference will be hosted in Amsterdam. Each year, this Lesson Study event attracts hundreds of international researchers, teachers, and school leaders. The conference will be organized by the VU Amsterdam, the University of Groningen and the University of Utrecht in collaboration with the international WALS-committee and the Leids Congres Bureau. For more information see www.wals2019.com.

For the first time in the history of the WALS there will be a pre-conference day. The day is specifically aimed at PhD-candidates and emerging researchers who are researching or planning to do research on Lesson Study. The goal of the day is to create a wide and close-knit Lesson Study community. During the pre-conference, we will get to know each other, share knowledge and experiences, and stimulate new collaborations.

The preliminary programme for the day:
  • Interactive start (10:30) 
  • Keynote by dr. Pete Dudley (University of Cambridge, president of the WALS) 
  • Round Table Sessions during which participants will discuss their research. Discussions will be facilitated by Lesson Study experts (dr. Sui Lin Goei (VU Amsterdam), dr. Siebrich de Vries (University of Groningen), prof. dr. Stéphane Clivaz (Lausanne University), prof. dr. Wouter van Joolingen (Utrecht University), en dr. Tom Coenen (University of Twente)). 
  • Plenary sharing of insights from Round Table Sessions. 
  • Q&A with a focus on how to strengthen the Lesson Study community for PhDs and emerging researchers, by prof. dr. Stéphane Clivaz (Lausanne University). 
  • Closing pre-conference (16:30) followed by drinks. 
The pre-conference takes place at VU Amsterdam. For €50,- you will be able to attend the entire day! Lunch, coffee, tea will be provided. See https://www.wals2019.com/phd-pre-conference/ for more information about enrolment the pre-conference in general. It promises to be a great day.

We love to see you in Amsterdam!

Organization of the WALS2019 pre-conferentie

Melde Gilissen
Nicolette van Halem
Elske Muilenburg
Tijmen Schipper
Iris Uffen
Fenna Wolthuis

VPO workshop over “Het schrijven van een academisch paper”

posted 31 Jan 2019, 03:38 by ICO Education   [ updated 31 Jan 2019, 04:01 ]

Beste promovendi,

Je krijgt er tijdens je promotie onvermijdelijk mee te maken: het publiceren van wetenschappelijke artikelen. Hoe verloopt zo’n publicatieproces eigenlijk? En hoe zorg je ervoor dat je je op een succesvolle manier door het academisch publicatieproces navigeert? Het VPO organiseert een workshop over “Het schrijven van een academisch paper” waarin deze, en gerelateerde vragen beantwoord worden. Na afloop van deze workshop zal je gewapend zijn met de tools om de strijd met reviewers en editors aan te gaan.

De workshop wordt gegeven door Steven Flipse van HERTZ Trainingen voor wetenschappers en zal plaatsvinden op donderdag 14 februari van 13:00 – 17:00 op De Uithof te Utrecht. Aansluitend zal een borrel zijn, waar we gezamenlijk kunnen proosten op onze toekomstige, succesvolle publicaties. Kosten voor deelname zijn € 30. Er zijn nog maar een paar plaatsen beschikbaar, dus zorg ervoor dat je je snel inschrijft! Dat kan door een mailtje te sturen naar vor.vpo@gmail.com

Hopelijk zien we je daar!

Het VPO-bestuur (Jonne, Alianne, Loes, Anne, Kevin & Amy)


Call for registration to the ICO NSS for all ICO staff and post docs

posted 31 Jan 2019, 00:06 by ICO Education   [ updated 31 Jan 2019, 03:38 ]

Dear ICO staff and post doc members,

We would like to remind you to attend the ICO National Spring School 2019.  Especially on Thursday afternoon March 14th we could really use your help as a reviewer or chair of the presentation sessions.

Your presence as senior researcher helps to strengthen ICO’s academic community. All staff and post doc members will be given a role in the presentation sessions, either as a discussant or as chair of a session. You can help the PhD candidates by giving them valuable feedback. And we would welcome you to attend the Meet-your-theme-group Lunch the conference dinner on Thursday evening, where you will be able to meet young researchers that are working in your field.

ICO is a research community with young and ambitious PhD candidates and experienced senior staff members. You belong to the latter group. We sincerely hope that the prospect of playing your part in the ICO community will help you to decide to join ICO’s National Spring School in Amsterdam. It is important that you are there!

Registration is possible until February 10thTo register go to https://sites.google.com/view/iconss2019/registration-form

More information about the ICO National Spring School 2019 can be found on the website.

Best regards,

the NSS2019-organizing team,

Diana Dolmans, ICO Scientific Director
Sanne Akkerman, ICO Educational Director
Selina Emhardt, Open University of the Netherlands
Frances Wijnen, University of Twente
Martine Schophuizen, Open University of the Netherlands
Caroline Vonk, ICO, Maastricht University - Utrecht University

ICO supports ‘WOinActie’

posted 30 Jan 2019, 23:55 by ICO Education   [ updated 31 Jan 2019, 00:02 ]

The Dutch WOinActie protest movement is campaigning for the university and its future. Both the ICO board and ICO management support WOinActie. On 15 March 2019, there will be a national education strike, from primary school to university, to call attention to the reduction of work pressure and more investment in education.

ICO provides education and offers a scientific network to PhD candidates in the educational sciences from 12 Dutch and 4 Belgian universities. With the increased workload and lagging investments in education and educational research, good training and supervision of PhD candidates has come under increasing strain. Less and less research staff are available to supervise PhD candidates and to provide ICO courses. Similarly, PhD candidates are becoming less drawn to a future in education or science, considering the limited space for permanent appointments and the prospect of a towering workload. ICO supports the call for more attention to, and investments in, education and educational research to promote quality and innovation throughout the entire education chain.

ICO has designated the high workload among staff members as an area that needs addressing in the external review of the quality of ICO’s educational programme for PhD students. ICO regularly discusses this topic including possible solutions during consultations with staff, PhD candidates and external parties. Furthermore, ICO offers its staff members and PhD students the opportunity to take part in the campaign on 15 March 2019, which is also the second day of the National ICO Spring School. This will affect the content of this day. More information about this will follow later. We hope that all ICO members support this campaign.

Methodology & Statistics Courses at Utrecht University

posted 29 Jan 2019, 07:31 by ICO Education   [ updated 29 Jan 2019, 07:31 ]

Please note the Postgraduate Methodology & Statistics Courses that are offered at Utrecht University:

Spring 2019
1. Mplus: How to get started? a compact 1-day workshop on using Mplus, how to get the syntax running, how to interpret the output and what to do with error messages. April 2019. (The exact date will be announced later) (course code: S29)

2. Applied Bayesian Statistics; a 4-day course on the basics of Bayesian statistics, offering hands-on experience with OpenBUGS or R and JAGS. 15 April 2019-18 April 2019 (course code: S64)

Summer 2019 (Utrecht Summerschool)

Hypothesis Evaluation: p-values, Bayes factor, and information criteria; an applied 4-days course on evaluating theory-based hypotheses (via p-values, Bayes factors and information criteria) offering hands-on experience with R. 08 July 2019 – 11 July 2019. (course code: S13) 

Introduction to multilevel analysis; a 3-day course on the basics of multilevel modelling, offering hands-on experience with HLM. 10 July - 12 July, 2019. (course code: S14) 

Advanced Multilevel Analysis; a 3-day course on advanced topics in multilevel modelling. 15 July – 17 July, 2019. (Course code: S05) 

Qualitative Research Catalogue: An Overview of Three Methods; a 3-day course on the fundamentals of three qualitative research methods – Case study research, Grounded theory, and Ethnography. 15 July – 17 July, 2019. (Course code: S35) 

Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus; a 5-day course providing the basics of SEM and hands-on experience with Mplus. 08 July 2019 - 12 July 2019. (course code: S20) 

Advanced course on using Mplus; a 5-day course for the more experienced Mplus user with a special focus on longitudinal modeling. 15 July 2019 - 19 July 2019. (course code: S23) 

Data Science: Statistical programming with R; a 5-day beginners course in doing statistical analyses with R. 15 July 2019 - 19 July 2019. (course code: S24) 

Data Science: Multiple imputation in practice; a 4-day course on how to appropriately handle missing data using a modern and flexible imputation technique. 22 July 2019 - 25 July 2019. (course code: S28) 

Data Science: Data analysis and visualization; a 5-day course offering hands-on experience with applying data analysis and visualization techniques, both venerable and novel, using R. 29 July 2019 - 02 August 2019. (course code: S31) 

Applied multivariate analysis; a 10-day course offering hands-on experience with SPSS for the most frequently encountered multivariate statistical techniques. 12 August 2019 - 23 August 2019. (course code: S04) 

Modeling the dynamics of intensive longitudinal data; A 5-day course on diverse statistical techniques and their theoretical foundations for the study of dynamics in intensive longitudinal data. 19 August – 23 August, 2019 (course code: S36) 

Survey research: Design, implementation, and data processing (in collaboration with CBS); a 5-day course covering the essentials of survey methodology and analysis. 19 August – 23 August, 2019 (course code: S15) 

Survey research: Statistical analysis and estimation (in collaboration with CBS); a 5-day in-depth course on total survey error (i.e., coverage, sampling, nonresponse, and measurement error) 26 August 2019 - 30 August 2019. (course code: S16) 

A Gentle Introduction to Bayesian Statistics; a 5-day course gently introducing Bayesian estimation for linear regression analysis, factor analysis, mediation analysis, and longitudinal growth models. 26 August 2019 - 30 August 2019.(course code: S18) 

Advanced Survey Design; a 4-day course. This course will discuss the state of the art in both the design of surveys, and the analysis of survey data. We explicitly discuss new ways to analyse text data and sensor data generated by modern surveys. 02 September 2019 – 05 September 2019. (course code S11) 

Here you can find information about these and other postgraduate courses we offer.
If you have any questions, please send an email to: MS.Post.Graduate.Education@uu.nl

Kind regards,
Ellen Hamaker and Irma Reyersen

“The Human in the Equation”: An Interactive discussion evening

posted 27 Jan 2019, 23:26 by ICO Education   [ updated 27 Jan 2019, 23:26 ]

Dear affiliate,

Hereby you are all cordially invited to attend an interactive panel-discussion about socio-philosophical issues regarding the behavioural sciences, themed: “The Human in the Equation”.

This discussion will take place on the 12th of February in the Martinus J. Langeveld building at the Uithof (Heidelberglaan 1, Utrecht, Event space in the canteen; E1.06), from 18:30 to 20:30.

The evening will revolve around issues associated with underlying assumptions of the behavioural sciences; and use the case of ADHD-research as a specific discussion-object to tackle these broader issues. For example, do the methods generally used in the social and behavioural sciences correspond with the theoretical issues at stake in these fields? No prior knowledge regarding ADHD is expected. The audience will be invited to think along, and to discuss examples from their own discipline, with the goal to initiate a crossdisciplinarity dialogue and engage in critical and constructive reflection.

To make this evening a success, we (three UU master-students in Educational Sciences) invited a diverse panel consisting of three researchers (prof. dr. Sarah Durston, UMC; dr. Peter Selten, UU; drs. Sanne te Meerman, RUG) and an interdisciplinary oriented moderator (dr. Ruud Abma, UU). More information about the panel-members and moderator can be found at our event-brite sign-up page (the event is free): https://tinyurl.com/y9rp6mx8

The space will be open from 18:00, coffee and tea will be available. The event will start at 18:30, and we will conclude the evening around 20:30 (with a short break in between). Then, until 21:00 there is time to informally exchange thoughts. Feel free to bring a convenient meal for before/during the evening.

If you wish to attend, please sign up via the event-bright link above, so we have a rough estimate to base practical organizational decisions on. If you have any questions regarding the event you can contact Alex ( a.janse@uu.nl ).

With kind regards,

Alex Janse, Marcell Varkonyi, Samuël Velinga

Prepare for your PhD with online courses offered by School of Health Professions Education

posted 22 Jan 2019, 05:02 by ICO Education   [ updated 22 Jan 2019, 05:04 ]

Maastricht University - 
The School of Health Professions Education is in the forefront of innovation in education, fueled by the most recent insights from educational research. Our cutting-edge research serves as the backbone of our educational impact in all of our activities. Assessment and Task-Centered Learning Environments are prominent research theme’s in the SHE’s research programme 2018-2023

Online courses Assessment or Task-Centered Learning, Critical Appraisal Courses exploring the latest research with experts like Professor Cees van der Vleuten and Professor Jeroen van Merrienboer in these domains.

Research on Assessment 
DATE: 2 APRIL 2019. 

Assessment authority Cees van der Vleuten and his team of experts will guide you to the cutting edge of where research on assessment currently is.

This course is an important pillar and building stone in health professions educations research and will help you familiarize yourself with a broad range of research topics in the assessment domain. In addition, you will learn how to locate and retrieve essential literature and collaborate with your peers in assessing the quality of research approaches and journal articles. By the end of the course, you will have an overview of modern assessment research and practice, and in-depth knowledge of recent developments and existing gaps.

More information and registration on the Assessment course

Research on Task-Centered Learning 
DATE: 2 APRIL 2019. 

Professor Jeroen van Merrienboer: Are you responsible for a (re)design of an educational program in medical or paramedical professions and strive to make your decisions evidence-based?

Are you involved in an educational research project and want to ask the right questions and design better research? Are you preparing for a PhD project in (para)medical education, or just started it? If your answer any of these questions is yes, then you need to be up to date on recent developments in research in your field. Health professions education is moving more and more from traditional learning environments to more realistic tasks employing new technologies, such as high-fidelity simulations or virtual patient encounters in e-learning environments.

More information and registration on the Task-Centered Learning course

Assessment research course
Your teachers are true scholars and experts in the field of assessment.
Professor Dr. Cees van der Vleuten, Scientific Director SHE, Dr. Marjan Govaerts, PhD and Course Coordinator,  Professor Dr. Sylvia Heeneman, PhD; Dr. Jimmy Frèrejean, PhD.

Task-centered learning research course
Your teachers are experts in the field of Research on Task-Centered Learning Environments: Professor Jeroen van Merriënboer, PhD, Research Director SHE; Anique de Bruin, PhD, Anneke van der Niet, PhD; Jimmy Frèrejean, PhD.

More information and an invitation to register for one of these SHE courses on: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/she


You are involved in (re)designing assessment or task-centered learning practices in the health professions education and or research in Tasks Centered learning Environments:

  •  You have an MSc in Health Professions Education and you want to move on towards a PhD
  • You are already a researcher or PhD student involved in a research project on assessment or task-centered learning  in health professions education;
  •  You are otherwise highly interested in research on assessment or task-centered learning in health professions education. 

Are you a MSc+ in health professions education, a (beginning) researcher or a PhD in this domain? Or are you a (para)medical educationalist/curriculum designer with a strong research orientation and interested in the latest research insights.

Note: These are not beginner’s courses on research. SHE offers these advanced courses focusing on cutting edge research on either of these specific topics. You are expected to have the following prior knowledge: You have a higher education degree equivalent to a Dutch Master’s degree in one of the health professions, such as a master’s degree in medicine, health sciences, educational sciences, psychology or any other related paramedical discipline, such as nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry etc.

NRO Subsidieronde ‘Postdocs in de onderwijswetenschappen’

posted 21 Jan 2019, 05:07 by ICO Education   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 05:08 ]

De subsidieronde ‘Postdocs in de onderwijswetenschappen’ richt zich op veelbelovende onderzoekers die nog aan het begin van hun wetenschappelijke carrière staan en van wie op grond van hun wetenschappelijke kwaliteiten kan worden verwacht dat ze een belangrijke plaats kunnen gaan innemen in de (onderwijs)wetenschap.

Onder onderwijswetenschappen worden alle disciplines verstaan die zich richten op het ontwikkelen van kennis die voor het onderwijsbeleid en voor de -praktijk op micro (individueel- en klasniveau), meso (onderwijsorganisatie) en macro (beleid en bestel) niveau van nut is.

De onderzoekers wordt de mogelijkheid geboden kennis, vaardigheden en ervaring op te doen tijdens een verblijf van maximaal twee jaar aan een Nederlandse universiteit of een onderzoeksinstituut van KNAW of NWO. Daarmee kunnen zij de benodigde kennis, vaardigheden en ervaring opdoen voor hun verdere wetenschappelijke carrière.

Call for proposals 
Postdocs in de onderwijswetenschappen (2019)
Deadline intentieverklaringen: 26 februari 2019, 14:00 uur
Deadline uitgewerkte aanvragen: 19 maart 2019, 14:00 uur

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