25 October 2021

Conference registration has reached the maximum number of participants!

You may register for the waiting list!

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09 October 2021

Workshop descriptions added

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 15:30 – 17:30

We have now published information on the four workshops that take place in two rounds during the conference. Don't forget to sign up!

Workshop 1: PBL Now and in the Future - Round 1

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of various educational delivery approaches, such as online, hybrid, and blended learning. These approaches introduce important elements that are crucial to consider in order to optimize the design, delivery, and assessment of student’s learning. In this workshop, by means of a world cafe, we want to host a dialogue on the impact of research findings on blended, online and hybrid learning (in the Problem Based Learning model and beyond) and future research needs in this area.

Workshop 2: Lifelong development - Round 1

Due to technological innovations, robots have become equipped to take up our routine tasks. While this is generally perceived as negative for those working on routine tasks, it has not led to replacement of human jobs. However, research has shown that it influences the task – and hence skills - demands of workers. To keep up with the speed of innovation, we need a culture of lifelong learning, covering the whole range of formal, informal, and non-formal learning. By means of a gallery walk, participants are introduced to a number of relevant questions in this field and will jointly try to answer how we could research these questions.

Workshop 3: Internationalization - Round 2

After the Bologna Declaration was signed in 1999, European higher education became more attractive to foreign students. This led to increased internationalization at many universities in- and outside of the Netherlands. Research suggests that this development may benefit students’ learning, but it can also have adverse consequences. This workshop revolves around a debate that focuses on identifying the prose and cons of internationalization of higher education and, subsequently, on how can approach the cons to the advantage of students and staff at our universities.

Workshop 4: Human cognition, learning, and education - Round 2

Within Maastricht University and other institutes, researchers are engaged in scientific studies trying to understand human cognition, and specifically how learning works, and how these insights can be translated to effective education. This workshop is an open invitation to those researchers and those who aren’t doing research but are interested in these topics to join, get to know each other, share and create. In a speed dating format, you are challenged to come up with a joint research idea connected to human cognition, learning and education. Attendees vote for the best idea, which will be awarded with a (limited) financial compensation to kickstart the execution of the idea.

24 September 2021

Conference programme published and registration opened

The programme of the L&I conference 2021 is published!

Registration for the conference is now possible!

Please go to Annual conference for more information on the programme.

For registration you can use the QR-code or register here.

06 September 2021

Research on Education: A Teach-Meet Research Edition

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – 15:30 – 17:30

We kindly invite you to join the special research edition on Tuesday, 19th of October, organized by the Taskforce Learning & Innovation (TFLI) in collaboration with EDLAB. This special edition will focus on evidence-based research on education and will take place at EDLAB (Tapijn Building X) in the Serre. We have invited several speakers from various faculties to talk about their research related to the Learning & Innovation themes. Moreover, we will discuss how to embed small- and moderate scale educational research into our education at UM during a fishbowl activity.

The speakers of this research-meet edition are:

Simon Beausaert (SBE)

Felicitas Bewer (FHML)

Anke Sambeth (FPN)


15:30 – 15:35 Welcoming

15:35 – 16:10 Invited speakers on evidence-based research on education

16:10 – 16:40 Fish-bowl discussion

16:40 – 16:50 Harvesting

16:50 – 17:30 Closing and Networking


More information and registration.

12 July2021

Call for applications for seed money is out

The call for Applications is out for Seed Money to Conduct Short-Term Research on Learning & Innovation @UM

The UM Taskforce on Learning & Innovation invites you to apply for seed money (between €2,500 and €10,000) to help fund your short-term research! The aim of this grant is to stimulate academic staff across UM faculties to collaborate and conduct research on a topic related to learning and innovation here at the UM. The deadline for submitting the application is 15 October 2021 (17:00). See here more details on the handful of requirements.

09 July 2021

Prof. dr. Bart Rienties Keynote speaker Conference 2021

We are very happy to announce that Prof. dr. Bart Rienties will be the keynote speaker at the 2021 Learning & Innovation Conference on November 10!

Bart Rienties is a Professor of Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. He joined IET in January 2014, initially as Reader in Learning Analytics. Previously he worked at University of Surrey from 2010-213 as (senior) lecturer in higher education, and before that in various roles from 2000-2010 at Maastricht University. His main research interests are related to Learning Analytics, Learning Design, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and Professional Development. He is also interested in broader internationalization aspects of higher education.

28 June 2021

Save the date for L&I conference!

Learning & Innovation 2021 conference to take place on Wednesday November 10, 2021!

Save the date! The 2021 Learning & Innovation conference will take place on Wednesday 10 November 2021! The conference is free of charge and will start with coffee at 9.30 and end with drinks around 16.30. More news and a tentative time schedule will follow right after summer and can be found here: Annual Conference

17 June 2021

L&I Website live!

The new Learning & Innovation website has been launched in June 2021!

As of June 2021, the Learning and Innovation theme of Maastricht University has its own website! Here you can find information on the taskforce, funding opportunities, the annual conference and more!

17 May 2021

L&I Taskforce working hard

Learning & Innovation taskforce working hard to prepare launch website, the 2021 conference and more!

The L&I taskforce is alive and kicking. Behind the scenes we have worked hard to prepare for the launch of the website and the announcement of the date and program of the 2021 Learning & Innovation Conference. Furthermore, we are working on a call for proposals for small D&I research grants, and to organise research meets, jointly with EdLab.