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FGGA Symposium on Open and Online Learning

Friday 15 December 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Always wanted to know how medical students from all over the world learn online how to perform an organ transplantation?  How to teach a single course on two continents simultaneously? Or simply want to know more about how to use the information generated by Blackboard and other online platforms to improve your own teaching?

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Then come to our symposium! On December 15, we are hosting a symposium on online and blended learning (OLL).  Our main goal is to bring together those who are considering  using OLL methods in their own courses with colleagues who have already gained some experience with these techniques. During the symposium, we will discuss our best practices and share our experiences.

Projects and research on OLL

We have a very interesting line-up of speakers, who are at the forefront of digitalization in higher education:  from Massive Open Online Courses on organ transplantation, Small Private Online Courses with partner universities across continents, to big data learning analytics and our own flipped classroom project. Each presenter will introduce their project, after which there will be ample room to ask questions. And at 14:30, we will present the findings of our own research project on OLL, conducted right here at the FGGA. See below or follow the link for the full program and more information about our speakers.


Attending the symposium is free of charge, but we do ask that you register beforehand using this link: here. Lunch will be served.

We hope to all welcome you on December 15th at Wijnhaven 3.46!

Dr. Natascha van der Zwan
Dr. Alexandre Afonso
Bruna Consiglio, M.Sc.
Sarah Wildeboer


  • 09:30-10:00: Registration and Welcome
  • 10.00-11:00: Educational Videos and Student Success (Tim van der Zee and Frans van der Sluis, ICLON)
  • 11.00-12:00: OLL for Transatlantic Teaching (Brandon Zicha, LUC)
  • 12:00-12.30: Lunch
  • 12.30-13.30: Teaching Organ Transplantation Online (Peter de Jong, LUMC)
  • 13:30-14:30: Effectiveness of Blended Learning (Nynke Bos, ICLON)
  • 14:30-15.30: Open and Online Education at the FGGA (Alexandre Afonso, Natascha van der Zwan, Bruna Consiglio, Sarah Wildeboer, IB)
  • 15.30-16:00: Closing

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Learning Analytics

Tim van der Zee: Currently conducting his PhD research at Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching, van der Zee studies how teachers of open online education can find ways to provide their students with high quality instruction. He addresses questions such as how students’ results can be improved, and how online materials can be used to facilitate students’ long-term learning. Before starting his PhD research, van der Zee obtained a Masters in Human Learning and Performance Psychology (with honors) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Frans van der Sluis: Having a background in both cognitive psychology and computer science, van der Sluis is an inter-disciplinary scientist focusing his research on how humans interact with and learn from information. His interests lie in finding ways to tailor information to the way people think, herewith bridging information and knowledge. His goal is to create new technologies that can seamlessly connect with its users to create knowledge.


Peter de Jong: Currently working as a staff adviser and assistant professor in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning at the Leiden University Medical Center, de Jong has vast experience managing several major programs within Medical School in the field of development, application and evaluation of educational technologies. De Jong has a Master degree in Medical Technology from Eindhoven University and a PhD in Biophysics/Physiology from Maastricht University. Next to his work at Leiden University Medical Center, de Jong has been involved in other activities including: being a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO), and being involved in the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).


Brandon Zicha: Having a background in economics and political science, Brandon Zicha currently works as Assistant Professor of Policy Science at Leiden University College. His academic work focuses on subjects such as how information is processed by social and political institutions and used to make collective decisions in modern societies, and the employment of quantitative scientific methods for understanding social issues. For his small private online course ‘Unlocking Policy Neglect: Comparative Agenda Setting’, Brandon Zicha employs a blended learning method of instruction, which with video-recorded lectures and online video-conferenced webinars which not only students from Leiden University College, but also from Leiden Honours Academy, and Grinnell College (in Grinnell, Iowa).

Blended Learning

Nynke Bos: With a vast knowledge on educational design and evaluation of online/hybrid learning environments, Nynke Bos joined Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching as an Educational Researcher in 2016. Previously she worked for the University of Amsterdam as a team leader Blended Learning and educational researcher for the faculties of Medicine and Humanities. Nynke Bos holds two master degrees: psychology and educational sciences (with honor). In 2016 she obtained her PhD entitled Effectiveness of Blended Learning - Factors Facilitating Effective Behavior in a blended learning environment. Her expertise lies in quantitative research and advanced statistical techniques.

Symposium Organizers

Alexandre Afonso: is Assistant Professor at Leiden University, Netherlands. His area of research is comparative political economy, where he focuses on labour market governance, labour migration and political parties in Western Europe. His work has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, Socio-Economic Review, Governance, European Political Science Review, Social Policy and Administration and other outlets. His book “Social Concertation in Times of Austerity” was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2013. He holds a PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Before joining Leiden University, he was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at King’s College London.

Natascha van der Zwan: is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration. She does comparative and historical research on financialization and social policy, with a specific focus on pension policy. Her article “Making Sense of Financialization” (Socio-Economic Review, 2014) has become a key publication in scholarship on financialization and is widely used in university courses. At the Institute of Public Administration, Dr. Van der Zwan teaches courses on public policy, the welfare state and research methods. Together with Alexandre Afonso, she has designed an innovative course on research methods, that combines blended learning techniques with modular education. As part of this project, Afonso and Van der Zwan are currently conducting a study on the use of online and open learning techniques at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University. Dr. Van der Zwan holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research.


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