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Teaching & Learning Lab


27 September 2021

The physical learning space: Autumn Festival 2021

During the Autumn Festival on Friday the 12th of November, we will be discussing the education of tomorrow. While the online learning space is gaining traction, the physical learning spaces keeps a very important place in our education. For which kind of education is the physical learning space of added value? Come discuss and think about such questions during some of the Autumn Festival’s workshops that are given solely on-campus!


Toine Pieters (UU) and Tim Overkempe (UU)

The Living Pasts course is a Utrecht University course, in which bachelor’s and master’s students get the opportunity to uncover the rich history of Utrecht, using raw historical data and digital technologies. The students are challenged to validate, combine and visualize historical data across disciplines, focusing on a particular geolocation across the centuries. The end-product is in the form of a smartphone application (VR, AR, game or visual novel) will be reviewed by external partners and stored on the living pasts platform. During the workshop at the TLL Autumn festival we will dive into the possibilities of such interdisciplinary and practical courses, focusing on the challenges and the benefits that may arise.


Ivar Troost (UU) and Simon Dirks (UU)

Let’s shape tomorrow: Complex problems in society require a transdisciplinary approach. The Faculty of Science is developing The Science Games to encourage students from different disciplines to work together in solving these issues – in collaboration with stakeholders and experts in- and outside the university. During this offline hackathon, you will experience first-hand what it is like to join forces and face the challenges of the future. Along the way we will share lessons we’ve learned in deploying designing-as-learning in our classrooms, and how this impacts the social contract between teachers and learners.