EDview: the research

The EDview research project investigates the current state of education at Maastricht University and charts new paths for the future. The project is jointly implemented by UM’s institute for innovation in education, EDLAB, and the Department of Educational Development and Research (part of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, FHML).

EDview aims to promote the ongoing development and innovation of education at Maastricht University. It started off by researching the current state of education at the university and collecting expectations about its future. Where do we stand? What can we learn from the existing inter-faculty and inter-programme diversity of approaches? How do these practices relate to state-of-the-art research and theory on education? How do students, teachers and other stakeholders experience the university’s PBL strategy? Are we well equipped for another forty years and beyond?

EDview collected and synthesized the educational experiences of students, teachers, course coordinators, programme directors, educationalists, policy makers and other stakeholders at UM, with the aim to establish a shared view on UM education for the future, and suggestions for action following from this view.

In several data collection rounds, EDview held interviews and focus groups, reviewed literature, conducted a survey open to all UM students and staff, and held feedback sessions on its preliminary results with a wide selection of stakeholders.
 

  • The current state of PBL at UM: satisfaction with theory
    The EDview results show that many students and staff stand behind UM’s choice for PBL. The EDview Survey, completed by 1,743 students and staff from all faculties, showed high satisfaction scores of respondents’ experiences with education at UM in general and the educational method being PBL. This resonated with EDview’s qualitative data, which further explained that the high satisfaction scores mainly refer to the “idea” and theory of PBL, but to a lesser extent to its practice. It was found that PBL fits well with state-of-the-art educational theories, which promote constructive, collaborative, contextual and self-directed learning to enhance deep learning, motivation for learning, and 21st century and lifelong learning skills.
     
  • The current state of PBL at UM: dissatisfaction with practice
    EDview Survey respondents were least satisfied about how PBL is carried out in practice, and interview participants felt that UM had not fully succeeded in delivering on the promise of PBL. Participants for example experienced challenges related to the seven steps format, staff capacity, alignment with assessment, tutorial group size, applying PBL in different disciplines, and a mismatch between how PBL is communicated and what students and staff encounter in practice.
     
  • The current state of PBL at UM: a trend towards flexibility
    It was apparent that when we currently talk about PBL at UM, we often mean the seven-steps-like tutorial structure. Simultaneously, a trend can be observed of defining and approaching PBL in a broader way, with PBL variations and alternatives being applied in several programs across faculties. A majority of the EDview Survey respondents would like UM to be more creatieve and flexible about how to implement PBL in the future. 

Presenting the UM view on education in a way that facilitates implementation, EDview translated its empirical and theoretical data into:

 things we should do at UM - the do’s,
 things we should no longer do - the don’ts 
  things we should investigate further before we decide if or how we should do them - the don’t knows.

Click here if you want to read the complete overview of EDview's do's, don'ts and don't knows.

EDview’s results are captured in two documents:

  1. a position paper on UM education for the future
  2. an overview of do’s, don’ts and don’t knows that follow from taking this position and that distinguishes five interrelated areas:
    - designing education 
    - coordinating education 
    - teaching 
    - explaining education 
    - enabling education.

​Finally, the appendices report details on:
  the EDview methods
 the EDview survey sample
 the EDview survey results specified contributors to the EDview project
  the EDview project team