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Pages: 4413-4416
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-617-5895-1
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2016.2048

Conference name: 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 14-16 November, 2016
Location: Seville, Spain


L. Wijngaards-de Meij, S. Merx

Utrecht University (NETHERLANDS)
To improve the teaching of academic skills to bachelor students having an easily accessible overview of the skills that are taught and used in the different courses of the bachelor curriculum is vital. A web tool was created to enhance the accessibility of the content of the academic skills curriculum that allows both students and teachers to see in which courses they learned and used different skills. Instead of being merely focused on the content of a certain course, the student is in this way encouraged to connect the latest learning in the pre-existing knowledge of the skills they have already learned in previous courses.

Likewise, the use of the web tool allows teachers to enhance the alignment of the curriculum. With the web tool lecturers and teachers can easily oversee the curriculum of the bachelor program. Both lecturers and coordinators can identify where in the curriculum more attention is needed, or where there is a duplication in learning and by addressing these issues improve the alignment of the curriculum. Moreover, lecturers can more easily build on, and refer to, previously taught knowledge on academic skills from other courses.

The web tool is used in different bachelor studies, such as veterinary medicine and theater, film and television studies, and psychology of Utrecht University. A pilot study is being done where both students and teachers are involved in creating the content of the web tool, and in using the information in their courses. By using the web tool they have an easy access to the academic skills they have learned during the bachelor. From the beginning of the bachelor they are stimulated to reflect on the accumulation of their knowledge.
author = {Wijngaards-de Meij, L. and Merx, S.},
series = {9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2016 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-5895-1},
issn = {2340-1095},
doi = {10.21125/iceri.2016.2048},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/iceri.2016.2048},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {14-16 November, 2016},
year = {2016},
pages = {4413-4416}}
AU - L. Wijngaards-de Meij AU - S. Merx
SN - 978-84-617-5895-1/2340-1095
DO - 10.21125/iceri.2016.2048
PY - 2016
Y1 - 14-16 November, 2016
CI - Seville, Spain
JO - 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
JA - ICERI2016 Proceedings
SP - 4413
EP - 4416
ER -
L. Wijngaards-de Meij, S. Merx (2016) ALIGNMENT IN THE BACHELOR CURRICULUM, ICERI2016 Proceedings, pp. 4413-4416.