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Collaborative Learning Rooms

Dear colleagues,

Collaboration rooms
In our new building in the Gymnasion we have at our disposal two ‘collaboration rooms’, or ‘active learning rooms’. Both equipped with ‘weConnect’. This will be in the rooms GN00.220 and GN01.220. The traditional classroom setting has been replaced with a set of group tables (7 or 8) with a display for each table for students to work at together, and a classroom display (and table) for the teacher. The teacher’s role becomes more of a coach while students will mostly work together in their group, at their own pace, supported by the teacher who’s moving from table to table.

Didactic teaching
Typically at the start of a lecture, sometimes towards the end, the teacher locks the displays at the group tables so that students focus on the main classroom display.  The teacher can use wireless presentation (WiFi) to instruct the students or give a summary.

Collaborative learning
When the students are allowed to start working at their tables, the teacher unlocks the group table displays which show instructions to connect the students own devices wireless to their group table display (BYOD: e.g. smartphones, tablets, laptops).  The display is a 60’’touch monitor, for the teacher the display is an 80’’touch monitor. For each group the content of their own device can be shown on the touch monitor, max. 4 at once, so it is easy to share their work. Connected to these displays there will be a PC for each group and there will be white boards as well.
At this point the teacher visits each table and coaches the students at that table.  At any time the teacher has the option to check the displays of other groups in the browser interface on his own device. This makes it easier to decide which group needs help, especially in larger rooms where the teacher cannot see all group tables easily.

Discursive learning
The power of weConnect lies in the bi-directionality of the system: a teacher can send the content from one of the group tables to the main screen at any point in the lecture.  This allows the teacher to interrupt the class session to discuss the work of one group.

With a single push of a button the teacher can also push this information to every other student table as well, allowing all the students to view the details of the shared information of the first group.

Towards the end of the class the teacher invites student groups to present the results of their work.  Additionally you can compare the results of multiple groups at the same time by adding their contents to the main display and sharing this with the displays at the student tables.

Combined with the interactivity tools (e.g. quizzes, polls, silent questions) a collaboration room creates a powerful and engaging experience for all involved.
All displays are interactive screens, 60”at the group tables and 80”for the main display. For each display a PC is also ready to use.


In the near future we will organize workshops (especially for teachers) about working with interactive screens and about how to use an active learning room. Hopefully we can show you some user cases and best practices. Please let us ( know if you are interested and if you already have experience with one or both.

Sources and more information:


Grade Calculator

Grade calculator (for courses and course sets)
At the end of the course a teacher often need to combine his/her own grades (from Blackboard or Excel) with the grades that he/she receive from Evaluation Service (from the Multiple Choice exam), so that he/she can send the right grades to the Education Centre. To do that, it’s helpful use ICTO’s ‘Cijfercalculator’ (Grade Calculator).

Read the experiences from Stefan Schevelier and Reinald Minnaar in Faculty Matters of September 2017.

Do it yourself!
If you would like to use the Grade Calculator yourself, please contact Lies Verberk-de Jonge (ICTO) at She is also happy to show you how to use the Grade Calculator, so that you will be able to use it for your grades right away!

The RU-programme ‘ICT in Education’ at our faculty

Digital testing
We have had a pilot at our faculty. To read the experiences from Daan Boezeman in Faculty Matters of July 2017.

Recording clips in the studio
For example: read the experiences from Joris Knoben and Jan Verhoeckx in Faculty Matters of March 2017.
Or read the experiences from Thomas Eimer who had his students create clips as an assignment, in Faculty Matters of April 2017.

A tool to train communication skills, such as interviewing skills. Read the experiences from Huib Ernste, Marjolein van Eerd, and Maria Kaufmann in Faculty Matters of March 2017.

It is possible to record your lecture as a weblecture. Have a look at the RadboudNet page about weblectures (only in Dutch) to see how to have your lecture recorded and how to create the link to the weblecture in Blackboard.

Administration and education

Course dossiers
The new system to create an archive of the Course Dossiers of our faculty has been implemented in March 2017. At the moment the system is used by two departments. See Faculty Matters of March 2017 for an impression of the ‘Course Dossiers System’.

Course evaluations
At the moment course evaluations can be done ‘on paper’ or ‘online’. The ‘online’ version is done via Blackboard. Since Blackboard will be replaced by Brightspace, the faculty will need to look for an alternative. At the end of Block 2 there will be a pilot to do some course evaluations via the software Evalytics. Besides that the faculty will look at the tool that ‘Evaluation Service’ is planning to use for ‘online’ course evaluations, besides their ‘on paper’-evaluations.
The bachelor- and master-programmes are being evaluated via the online tool ‘Lime Survey’. This happens right after the student has filled in his/her online application form for his/her diploma.

Osiris and Blackboard
Some technical details on enrolments in Osiris and Blackboard. How does it work?
Students enrol for a course in Osiris. Overnight Osiris synchronises with Blackboard in such a way that all the students that are in a course in Osiris, will be in that course in Blackboard. And when a student is NOT in the course in Osiris, the student will be ‘set to unavailable’ for that course in Blackboard.
Teachers (u-numbers) will also be added by Osiris to Blackboard overnight, but they will not be removed from Blackboard by Osiris (this needs to be done manually). So when a teacher would like to be added to a course: ask the Education Centre to add your u-number in Osiris. And when a teacher would like to be removed from a course in Blackboard: ask the Education Centre to be removed from Osiris AND ask ‘ICT in Education’ to be removed from the course in Blackboard.
For an organisation in Blackboard: all enrolments are done manually by ICTO.

Application for diploma’s and certificates online
Since 2015/2016 all students from our faculty fill in their application for their diploma or certificate online. The application forms for all study programmes in Dutch are only in Dutch and the application forms for all study programmes in English are only in English.
After applying for the Bachelor or Master diploma the student will have the opportunity to fill in the Bachelor or Master evaluation.

The latest projects at our faculty, october 2017

All mathematics of curriculum in learning environment Sowiso
At the Economics department Jana Vyrastekova and Chris van Hooijdonk have been granted subsidies from the “RU Proeftuin”. They will use SOWISO (an online learning platform) to create a totally integrated research methods programme for the entire Bachelor’s programme; a complete overview of all the mathematics, statistics and methods included in the curriculum, which is easily accessible. See the interview in Faculty Matters June 2017.

Clips including conditional feedback
Rutger Schilpzand (Economics) has been granted the “RU proeftuin” last November and has created interactive video-clips to teach mathematics and to trigger the student to try to solve the problem himself, during the clip. To see these clips on YouTube: Clip Cobb-Douglas and Clip Cournot Duopolie

Peter Kruyen has created a feedback-tool combining the survey-tool LimeSurvey and the statistical software ‘R’ in such a way that the respondent of the survey recieves feedback right after filling in the survey. This increases the response-rate to the survey. See the interview in Faculty Matters June 2017.

Most frequently asked questions and topics at ICTO

Groups in Blackboard
‘Creating groups and working with groups in Blackboard’ is one of the most popular topics that teachers need help with at ICTO. The reason is that it can be very useful to create groups in Blackboard and to use “group tools” in a course, but it’s not very intuitive how to do this in Blackboard. Furthermore: teachers only need to “set up” these groups and group tools once a year, so it makes sense to use the expertise of the ICTO on this. ICTO can often help the teacher rather quickly, either via e-mail, phone or personal.

TurnItIn assignment in Blackboard
Another topic is: How to create a TurnItIn assignment for an “originality check” (plagiarism) and how to use this in combination with groups in Blackboard?
This is not so hard to do, but there are a few ‘extra options’ that sometimes need explanation. Depending on the situation a teacher might like to use a different ‘option’ than the standard option. For example: the submitted paper should not be added to the TurnItIn repository.

At the Faculty of Social Sciences the optional tool to “add a rubric” to your TurnItIn assignment – to make the assessment more transparant and more objective to assess – is used rather frequently. Interestingly this is not a tool that the teachers at our faculty show interest in.

Interactive slides; Shakespeak and Mentimeter
To use interactive slides in your presentation there are two tools available at the RU at the moment: Shakespeak and Mentimeter. Shakespeak is the “older” tool; it’s a plug-in in Powerpoint to add interactive slides in your Powerpoint Presentation. Mentimeter is the “newer” tool; it’s a more userfriendly tool to create such slides, but it’s not a plug-in in Powerpoint, so you will need to switch from your Powerpoint presentation to the internet to use these slides.

Both tools can be used for more interaction with your audience during your presentation. It also works well to see if there are any more questions or to evaluate or for a short ‘formative test’ (to quickly see if the students have understood the content).
More information in Faculty Matters June 2017
For example: Experience of using Shakespeak by Hans Lekkerkerk Faculty Matters February 2017:

Peer feedback
More and more teachers are interested in tools for ‘peer feedback’. The ‘TurnItIn peer assignment’ is only working in a few situations! Don’t use this tool if you haven’t used it before! ICTO doesn’t support this tool any more, because it doesn’t deliver as expected.
When you would like to do ‘peer feedback’ via Blackboard; ICTO recommends to use the ‘discussion board’ in combination with ‘groups’.
In the meantime the RU programme ‘ICT in Education’ is looking for a new tool to facilitate peer feedback.

Preparing for the relocation to the Gymnasion: ‘Interactive screen’ and ‘collaborative learning rooms’

Relocation: new equipment
At the end of this year, we are relocating and new equipment will be available in the teaching areas in the Gymnasion. In some rooms, interactive screens will be installed. Two ‘collaborative learning’ rooms (using WeConnect) will also be created where groups of students can work together on computers.

Interactive screen work group
Sven Vrins (Education support) and Lies Verberk-de Jonge (ICT in Education) want to explore the educational and technical potential of the new equipment and software with teaching staff. To do so, the ‘Interactive screen’ work group has been created. The tutors currently taking part in this work group are: Peter Kruyen (Public Administration), Nanne Migchels (Business Administration, Marketing), Jana Vyrastekova (Economics and Business Economics, Economic Theory and Policy), Sascha Füllbrunn (Economics and Business Economics, Financial Economics) and Johan de Kruijf (Public Administration).

What do we want to be able to do?
In the months running up to the relocation, we want to find out what ‘our lecturers’ want to be able to do with the interactive screens and explore ‘good examples’ of ‘interactive screen’ use in education. Once we are in the Gymnasion, we want to be able to offer good support in the use of the interactive screens.

‘Pen-software’ and extra ‘tools’ in PowerPoint
The work group had a first training of the interactive screen: ‘Pen-software’ will be installed on the computers in the classrooms and extra ‘tools’ in PowerPoint (for the presentation-mode). In this way, the ‘touch-screen’ function will be enabled during a presentation. This software will also be available for your own laptop so that it can be used in combination with the ‘interactive screen’.

Available now in a number of classrooms (Erasmus building)
The following classrooms in the Erasmus building have already had ‘interactive screens’ installed such as the ones that will be placed in the Gymnasion: E2.08, E2.18, E3.01, E3.04, E3.05, E3.15, E3.18, E3.20, E2.70. Perhaps you would like to have a look some time to see how they work?

Ideas? Seen a good example?
Do you have time to brainstorm with us and are you interested in joining the work group? If so, contact ICTO. But we would also like to hear from you if you have ideas for using an interactive screen in your education programme or if you’ve seen a good example of ‘interactive screen use’! Then we can explore it further.

Brightspace is going to be the new LMS

Brightspace instead of Blackboard
In August, it was announced that Brightspace will become the new Learning Management System (LMS) at the Radboud University. Brightspace is a product that has been developed by the Canadian company Desire2Learn and it will be replacing Blackboard.

From September until December, the Proof of Concept (POC) will take place in which a very precise investigation will be made of the links to other RU systems and how these are integrated. As of January 2018, different pilots will be taking place “from an educational practice point of view” in order to implement the system in the best way. If you are interested in running a pilot using Brightspace, you can contact one of the ICTO staff managers (

The plan is that during the new academic year 2018/2019 Brightspace will be implemented in all education at the university. It is not sure yet whether all the faculties will go from using Blackboard to using Brightspace at the same time, or that this will happen ‘one at a time’.

More information on this project on the Innovation in ICT in Education programme’s website.

ICT in Education (ICTO), Nijmegen School of Management

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October 2017, Lies Verberk-de Jonge en Ron Wunderink,

Below some information about ICT in Education at our faculty.
When the link to a RadboudNet page doesn’t work, please copy the actual link (right mouse button) and paste it in your browser after logging in to RadboudNet.

Brightspace is going to be the new LMS

Preparing for the relocation to the Gymnasion: ‘Interactive screen’ and ‘collaborative learning rooms’

Most frequently asked questions and topics at ICTO

The latest projects at our faculty

Administration and education

The RU-programme ‘ICT in Education’ at our faculty

Grade Calculator

Do it yourself!
If you would like to use the Grade Calculator or any other ICT-tool in your education, please contact Ron Wunderink or Lies Verberk-de Jonge at
They are happy to show you how to use the Grade Calculator, so that you will be able to use it for your grades right away! Or any other tool!


‘Instructor’ of ‘Course Builder’ handmatig toevoegen aan cursus in Blackboard

Als u een docent of studentassistent handmatig wilt toevoegen aan uw cursus in Blackboard, zie hieronder de handleiding.

Let op: de officiële route om een docent toe te voegen aan uw cursus is: door het u-nummer van deze docent te laten registreren in Osiris als ‘docent’ bij de cursus. U doet dit door:

  • het u-nummer van de docent en
  • de cursuscode van de cursus
  • door te geven aan de studentenadministratie van het Onderwijscentrum. Dan kunnen zij de docent in Osiris toevoegen aan uw cursus.
  • Dan krijgt de docent de volgende dag toegang tot uw cursus in Blackboard en
  • is bij de studentenadministratie ook bekend (via Osiris) dat deze docent “bij de cursus hoort” en eventueel cijfers kan aanleveren.

Wanneer heeft u deze uitleg dan nodig?

  • Als u geen dag meer kan wachten en de docent (‘Instructor’)
    meteen toegang tot Blackboard nodig heeft (ook dan is het handig om de docent tóch nog in Osiris bij de cursus te laten registreren)
  • Als u een studentassistent wilt toevoegen aan uw cursus in Blackboard, zodat hij/zij wel in Blackboard werkzaamheden voor de cursus kan verrichten, maar niet in Osiris (niet de mogelijkheid om cijfers aan te leveren). In Blackboard kan de rol ‘Course Builder’ géén cijfers in Blackboard wijzigen.
  • LET OP: s-nummers die met de rol ‘Student’ handmatig worden toegevoegd aan uw cursus, worden er ‘s nachts (door de synchronisatie met Osiris) weer uitgehaald, tenzij ze in Osiris voor uw cursus staan ingeschreven.

‘Instructor’ of ‘Course Builder’ handmatig toevoegen aan uw cursus in Blackboard
(Klik op een afbeelding voor een vergroting ervan.)

1. Ga naar uw cursus in Blackboard (uw rol dient ‘instructor’ te zijn) en controleer of de ‘Edit mode’ op “ON” staat:2017-08-29_editmodeON

2. Klik op ‘Users and Groups’2017-08-29_usersandgroups

2. Klik op ‘Users’ 2017-08-29_users

3. Klik op ‘Find users to enrol’2017-08-29_finduserstoenrol

4. Klik nu EERST op ‘Browse’2017-08-29_browse

5. In het ‘pop-up-screen’ kun je de docent of studentassistent zoeken, bijvoorbeeld via ‘username’ (u-nummer of s-nummer) of e-mailadres. Klik op ‘Go’ om de filter toe te passen2017-08-29_unummerengo

6. Vink de juiste persoon aan en klik op ‘Submit’2017-08-29_submit

7. Vervolgens kiest u de juiste ‘Role’ (‘Instructor’ kan de cijfers van de studenten in uw cursus in Blackboard wijzigen, ‘Course Builder’ niet) en klikt u op ‘Submit’2017-08-29_roleandsubmit

De docent of studentassistent is nu toegevoegd aan uw cursus in Blackboard.

Hopelijk lukt het zo. Als u nog vragen heeft, neemt u dan contact op met het icto.