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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the vision of CBL of the EWUU alliance?

The EWUU alliance developed five main principles of CBL to meet future needs and developments in education. These principles are used as context for educational innovation within the alliance. The five principles are: 1. Using highly complex and authentic problems for the challenges; 2. Creating a safe and supportive learning environment within a Community of Practice; 3. Focusing on the importance of involving a challenge agent and stakeholders; 4. Learner agency. 5. The importance of personal/professional growth, feedback, and assessment.

More information about the CBL vision can be found here.

How can I be involved in CBL if I am an external stakeholder?

External stakeholders can participate and contribute via a number of roles, that are listed here. Under each role, you will find a detailed description of what to expect and what is expected of you. If you are motivated to know more, more information can be found with each role description.

How can I be involved in CBL as an academic from one of the alliance institutes?

As an academic of one of our EWUU institutes there are many ways for you to be involved. You could be involved as a coordinator of a CBL course, a coach of students and their teams, or an expert. More information about these roles can be found here.

If you want to redesign a course in order to align it with the principles of CBL, take a look at the instructions for redesign.

What do I need to do if I want to create a CBL course?

If you want to create a new CBL course from scratch, it is important that you make sure your idea meets all the criteria. Your challenge needs to be open and relevant for learners from different disciplines from our alliance institutes, the challenge topic should relate to the themes of the alliance, and the educational design should comply with the EWUU vision on CBL.

Once your idea fits all the criteria, you can draft your educational design, set your timeline, and start assembling your team.

More information about initiating a new CBL course, the criteria, and which steps to take can be found here.

What do I need to do if I want to redesign my course into a CBL course?

If you want to redesign your course according to the principles of CBL, we can help you with that. If you go to our redesign page and answer a few questions about course registration, interdisciplinarity, involvement of external stakeholders, and the educational design, we can provide you with information that fits your profile and that will help you with the redesign of your course.

How can I register my new CBL course?

Once the CBL course is approved by the Innovative Didactic Concepts team, it has to be registered both at the host institute and in EduXchange. EduXchange is a platform for student mobility that removes administrative barriers between the alliance institutions. This is where the course will be offered and where students can apply.

In order to register your course with EduXchange, you should contact the project coordinator at your own institution. A meeting will be arranged and the course information can be finalised and made ready to share. More information about EduXchange can be found here.

How can my CBL course be promoted?

After your challenge is registered in OSIRIS and EduXchange you can start with promoting it. The first step is filling in the communication form and sending it to the EWUU communication officer. It is important that this communication form gets sent as early as possible.

After you have submitted the communication form, the communication officer will be in touch with you to finalise the messages which will be used on the EWUU website, social media, flyers, etc.

You can find the communication form and other promotion resources here.

Are there examples of CBL courses I can use for inspiration?

You can find examples of CBL courses including topic, learning outcomes, course structure, and assessment here.

I would like to learn more about the EWUU alliance.

What is the EWUU alliance?

The alliance of Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University & Research, Utrecht University and University Medical Centre Utrecht challenges new generations of researchers and students to cooperate across disciplines without setting prior limitations. The challenges future generations will face are large, but so are the possibilities for meeting those challenges. The four institutions combine their expertise in order to contribute to social transitions in energy, sustainability, health and food.

More information about the EWUU alliance can be found here .

Are there other educational projects in the EWUU alliance?

Besides jointly organising CBL education, the alliance also has other education projects such as EduXchange, Continuing Education, and Alternatives for practicals, fieldwork and internships.

More information about all the educational projects of the EWUU alliance can be found here .

I have questions that are not answered yet.

Feel free to contact us if you have an unanswered question. You can submit a question at the contact page.