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Just having students write an essay is no longer possible now that ChatGPT is here. This means a big change for university education, which heavily relies on writing skills.
Assistant professor Younes Saramifar who is teaching the second-year course history and social sciences, is reproached by VU Amsterdam after a complaint about his controversial viewpoints on Israel.
Educational innovations may sound like extra work, but they could actually help take off workload, the VU Education Lab believes. ‘There are so many possibilities many teachers don’t know about.’
Master’s student in Political Science Wahhab Hassoo (28) has been receiving threats for quite some time, but since the flare-up of the war between Israel and Palestine, the floodgates have been opened.
As a NewConnective programme maker, Selma Boulmalf (25) reaches out to students on the subject of life issues. Being open and authentic are important conditions for having deeper conversations, she found.
The world’s biggest companies like Gucci, Disney and Delta Airlines compensate their carbon emissions by spending millions on projects reducing deforestation. Environmental scientist Thales Pupo West and colleagues discovered that 90 percent of these projects are not effective.
Working on your body has become a new religion. Yes, exercise is healthy, but too strong a focus on it means many complex problems go unnoticed. Philosopher Ivo van Hilvoorde thinks it’s a misleading and elitist ideology.
By enforcing mandatory attendance and opting for group assignments, international bachelor program MKDA hopes to activate its students. But not all students are as thrilled with this ‘non-inclusive’ approach.
When she was a student herself, Marleen Blootens (40) was searching for a purpose. As a students’ chaplain she now holds space for students who are seeking answers to the big questions in life.
Lachezar Yanev was elected Teacher of the year. He uses clips from Hollywood movies and an escape room to engage his students.