Educational Development and Information Technology (EDIT)
The Department of Educational Development and Information Technology (EDIT) performs various tasks related to education and educational policy within the Faculty of Law. The most important of these is to safeguard the quality of all aspects of education.
The tasks of the EDIT team consist of quality assurance, assessment and selection, educational development, professional development of staff members, supporting the use of IT in education, and educational research within the legal domain. More specifically, this involves the following activities:
- quality assurance of the legal curricula
- support and advice for assessment and selection
- research on study success
- internal quality assurance with respect to assessment
- professional development of staff members with regard to education.
- support of teachers in the development and improvement ofthe competences needed for teaching at university, specifically guiding them in obtaining a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ / BKO) certificate
- selection, training, coaching and matching of student tutors as part of the Talent Scouting project
- support and advice with respect to education policy of the faculty
- applied research into the quality and effectivity of the education on offer
- research into and evaluation of education-related projects within the faculty
- advice and support for the use of IT in legal education
IT in Education
The EDIT IT team is mainly responsible for faculty coordination and support of the UM electronic learning environment EleUM (for staff) and the Student Portal (for students). The team is also responsible for the faculty support of other UM concern systems like the quality assurance system IWIO and the online Servicedesk system eSC.
Various faculty online systems have been developed that are therefore also supported by the team both technically and functionally. The most important systems to mention are the Academic Paper Dossier (online thesis guidance system), Solver (registration system of education load of teaching staff), the Vacancy Form (vacancies processing system) and the ‘Oefenrechtbank’ system (online system for administrating cases of the Oefenrechtbank team).
Next to these systems a number of smaller systems have been developed, mainly to support administrative processes of the Education Office.
The team is also involved in the IT support of the matching procedure and entrance exams for the masters. Coordinating, advising and stimulating faculty and UM-wide E-Learning projects is also one of the team’s tasks (e.g. online examination, online voting, virtual classroom and online video for education).
Finally, coordinating, supporting and processing lecture recordings is a regular task of the IT team.
The Faculty of Law attaches great importance to a structural and systematical quality assurance of its education. All educational activities are monitored, strengths and weaknesses are pointed out and improvements are made. The department EDIT is responsible for the data collection with regard to the quality of education. It designs questionnaires and ensures the acquisition and processing of data.
Evaluations take place on different levels like courses, practical trainings, internships, essays but also on curriculum level. Most evaluations are carried out with a web-based quality management system called IWIO (Interfacultair Web-based Informatiesysteem Onderwijskwaliteit). In this system students fill out on-line questionnaires. IWIO is tailor made and makes it possible to monitor specific aspects of education besides the standard monitoring on essential parameters like general impression, tutorial group, lectures, tutor, course book, assessment and study load. Tutors fill out a so called tutor questionnaire related to the organisation of the course and their perception of the learning process. Course evaluation reports are available for students and staff, except results on tutorial group level and arising from the tutor questionnaire.
The electronic quality assurance system IWIO provides the faculty most of the data related to the quality of its education. If indicated other ways of evaluation like panel discussions are implemented. All evaluation results are distributed among the different committees.
In terms of staff development, the faculty continually strives for high quality and greater efficiency with respect to teaching. Our staff development policy is aimed both at current members of staff as well as new tutors.
New tutors can expect extensive and practical tutor training and didactic coaching (observation/discussion/personal tips) with regard to the problem based learning (PBL) method. More experienced staff can ask for this didactic coaching as well. Furthermore, depending on their needs, staff members can ask for courses or personal guidance/assistance to improve and enhance their competences in areas needed for their multiple educational roles (e.g. tutor, lecturer, supervisor, course developer, assessor).
Maastricht University encourages all staff involved in teaching to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; BKO, Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs in Dutch). EDIT, therefore, offers a programme that supports teachers developing and improving their teaching competences, and guides them in obtaining a UTQ certificate.
Finally EDIT selects, trains and coaches student tutors as part of the Talent Scouting project. For the matching of student tutors to specific courses the staff development coordinator works closely together with course coordinators and educational coordinators of the different departments.
Quality of assessment is an essential matter at the Faculty of Law. The EDIT staff members who provide training sessions about quality of assessment are Rina Vaatstra and Anne Verweij. Individual staff members can also contact them for tailor-made advice concerning new forms of assessment, screening of assessments, construction of questions, group assessments, ongoing assessments, online assessment, other feedback instruments and statistical analyses of tests.