UTTELTTELT Newsletter #13 – Winter 2020

TELT Newsletter #13 – Winter 2020

The TELT team is bringing you the latest news about technological innovations for learning and teaching at the University of Twente.

Interactive voting with Wooclap

The TELT team recently did an evaluation in the pilot with Wooclap, a real-time voting tool that can be used to interact with your students through multiple choice questions, word clouds, competitions and more. Wooclap can be used to involve your students in both live and distance teaching. Interested? It’s still possible to join the pilot!

"I have used Wooclap in workshops and lectures, with various numbers ofstudents. I like the various options in Wooclap. Especially the ‘brainstorming’ option is one of myfavorites, enabling students to come up with ideas and suggestions in differentcategories – which are color-coded on screen.
I also appreciate the functionthat students can like each other’s answers, for example giving me an idea ofmost important questions or topics." 
-Marieke van Geel-

"During the challenging Covid pandemic where we have to teach fully online I started with using Wooclap. This tool provided me helpful ways to get input from them. Also, I used this tool to assess in a formative way to check what is learned, and to reveal misconceptions. To greatest advantage of this voting tool is the fact that it is very user-friendly. It is web-based, very fast, can be integrated in your Powerpoint slides, the use of Latex is very easy and you can correct right away." -Nelly Litvak- 

Peer assessment with Buddycheck

Buddycheck is a tool that supports the group work process, by using peer evaluations to assess group collaboration. It was evaluated positively and therefore TELT asked a buddycheck user to share his experiences, to give you more insight in using this tool. 

"I used Buddycheck twice. Once with the default questions and once with self-made questions. Both times this tool was part of a larger feedback loop taking place in a module. The results of Buddycheck presented to students is visualized as a spiderweb, consisting of a self-evaluation, peer evaluation and the group average. My idea is that the results of buddycheck are an instrument for tutors, mentors and students to start a discussion about their group work and for students to reflect on their own skills, behaviour and attitude. The tool is very user-friendly for teachers, is also easy to use for students and the results show a nice representation of the several aspects part of the group work. I would definitely recommend this tool when you work with students groups. A tip: make sure that they know how to give and receive feedback and that it is part of an integrated feedback process."  -Kasper van Zuilekom-  

Anna Bos-Nehles

Buddycheck really can help you as a teacher to get an idea how students collaborate in, for example, a project group, and also helps students to reflect on the teamwork and learn from their own and the feedback of the other students.

Anna Bos-Nehles

Virtual lab education with Labster

The labster pilot is stil running until the 1st of May! Labster is a tool that can be used to simulate physical lab experiments. Are you interested to participate in the pilot
(max. 60 students)? 

for more information, please
Visit our website

Build media-rich learning elements with H5P

Maybe you heard about H5P, the plug-in tool that can be used to build media-rich learning elements in your Canvas course.

But, you are wondering 'what does this add to my current course content?'
Or 'how can it help me to improve my course content?'
It is always important to keep in mind with which goal you use a certain tool. So with H5P you can help students to self-assess, steer their learning process, let them focus on certain topics, or give them a motivation boost. So it is mainly for formative use and not a stand-alone solution, but part of your course as a whole. 

At this moment, TELT is exploring if and how results of H5P can be used for analyses, so teachers and/or students get more insights in the use of H5P. 

Canvas plug-in development

Over the last period, multiple developments in relation to Canvas have been established by students and staff. To encourage students, but also staff, to develop sustainable solutions, the UT has made available a Canvas development environment, including some guidelines, to be able to develop your prototype as a Canvasplugin, without violating personal data.

Are you interested in developping a Canvas plugin, or even want to know why to develop as a Canvas plug-in?
Get started here

Mooc programme update

2020 was a good year for the UT’s MOOC program.
We had more than 12.000 attendees,with the same attendance rate.
That’s something we all can be proud off!

This year we also had a new MOOC on our program “The future of HRM”. It was developed by HRM and launched in September on the Futurelearn platform. It wasvery successful and we are looking forward to the new runs of this MOOC.


All UT employees can go to FutureLearn.com to create a free account and take online courses. If you want to qualify for an official certificate, please make sure to send an email to telt@utwente.nl with the title of the course you’re (planning on) taking. The course fee will be paid for by the UT.

Next year we aim to develop 2 or 3 completely new MOOC’s. But we can’t do this without you. So if you looking at developing a MOOC or are curious if it might be something for your education, please let us know. Contact us by email or via 

J.G.P. Groothengel BEd (Peter)
MOOC and E-learning specialist
Who are we?
The UT established the TELT team in January 2016. TELT stands for Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching. We are a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in online learning, flipped classroom, video for education, digital assessment and more. Our mission is to assist our lecturers to improve their teaching practices with the use of new technologies for teaching and learning. You can visit our website if you would like to know more about our expertise.