The Department of Educational Development and Research supports the development and innovation of bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate training programmes within the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), Maastricht University. The department was born in 1977, a year after Maastricht University was established. From the start, the department has supported the design and innovation of problem-based learning (PBL) at Maastricht University and investigated this learning approach to gain a better understanding about its working ingredients.
Education is key to lifelong learning, personal growth and development and benefits our health and future society. Staff and support staff members of our department are driven by their curiosity and a passion for optimising education. We are a diverse multidisciplinary group of creative and adaptive professionals who have a variety of academic and professional backgrounds and experiences. We combine the redesign of theory-based teaching practices with investigating these practices in close collaboration with students, teachers, educators, leaders/managers, scholars and health care professionals. In designing innovative approaches to learning, teaching, evaluation and assessment, we build bridges between theory and practice, which we consider our strength. Moreover, we innovate and investigate why innovative approaches that are preferably theory-based might work in a specific context for a specific target group with particular objectives in mind.
We collaborate closely with the FHML Institute for Education and the School of Health Professions Education (SHE) as well as with the MUMC+ and Edlab. We also have strong connections with various institutions within the Maastricht region, the Netherlands, and at an international level. We share a worldwide common interest in innovation and research in education in general and in health sciences education in particular. We are located on the fourth and fifth floor of Universiteitssingel 60.
The management team: