Ine Noben

Ine Noben

Lead educator of the course "Students Taking Charge of Higher Education" and
educational advisor and teacher trainer at the University of Groningen

Location Groningen, The Netherlands



  • Hi,
    My name is Ine and I am an educational adviser at the University of Groningen (which is located in the Netherlands).
    I am curious to find out how the materials presented in this course connect to the support my department provides to our teachers. Our starting point for designing (and assessing courses) is constructive alignment...

  • Dear Montfori Doi, you are very welcome. We enjoy the comments of the learners very much, so thank you for sharing and being involved. Hope to hear from you next week.

  • Waw! I am amazed by the word cloud you have produced so far. Thank you all for sharing.

  • Dear Raquel, welcome! Do not forget to take a look at week 2 and 3 (those weeks will be all about teaching) and week 4, a week focusing on mentors.

  • Dear Lilian, thank you for sharing. Welcome to the course.

  • Dear Michelle, welcome to the course. Take a look at week 4, in which you will learn more about what is means to be a mentor at our university.

  • Dear Siphokazi, welcome. We are looking forward to learn from you experiences. Please keep on sharing.

  • Dear Zunaida, welcome. Week 2, 3 and 4 will be all about teaching. Enjoy.

  • Dear Samwel, hopefully we can provide some help in achieving your dream. Welcome.

  • Dear Jumana, welcome to this course! Week 2, 3 and 4 might be particularly useful for you. Looking forward to hearing from you during those weeks.

  • Dear Ansu, welcome to this course. I hope we can hear more about your experiences at ACCA the following weeks.

  • Dear Sendra, welcome to this course!

  • Hi Elisa, Good question. Every 2 minutes, all the work of everyone is being backed-up. So in case there is a power outage or a computer crash or something similar, they student lost 2 minutes of his/her work at the most.

  • Do you think the Certificate in tertiary teaching is similar to what we call in the The Netherlands the University Teaching Qualification ? If so, do you also have a link to your certificate so I could read more about it? I recently talked...

  • Thank you for sharing Charlotte. It looks like a very interesting course! What is the title of the course? Can you give an example of how teaching can be informed by learning feedback (a bit off topic here but relevant nonetheless for all of us I think)?

  • Ine Noben made a comment

    Thank you all so much for participating and sharing your ideas and experiences. We, the support team, truly enjoyed reading your comments. I wish you all the very best and good luck in your teaching careers and student assistantships.

  • Welcome Kelley! We are looking forward to learn from your experiences.

  • You are very welcome. Good luck with your teaching and mentoring duties.

  • You are right. Board members of student associations are not really student assistants. However, they take a year off to devote themselves to their tasks and they are a very important part of the university community (e.g. the sport center is run by the students). It felt wrong to exclude them from this course. Since they have a lot of responsibilities but are...

  • We have an agreement with the printing office of the university (which is located next to the exam buildings and has very fast printers) that when such a thing happens, we can print the exams in a very short time.

  • Thank you Bibi. Very nice to hear that.

  • I also am a big fan of ice breakers. I find my inspiration mostly online. For example ( or (

  • Thanks for sharing. Coincidentally I subscribed this week for a new MOOC, which will start in ten days, on edX. It will be interesting to see how Askalot works in practice.

  • We also hope you will enjoy week 5. Have fun and please feel free to choose those case studies that interest you the most.

  • Dear Libuse and Rowanna. Indeed, ideally the students should be motivated to study since they enrolled (most of the times) in the study programme of their choice. Still, some students might struggle with a course that asks them to write an essay. By pointing out the relevance of a topic / activity / assignment, students might feel more motivated. Furthermore,...

  • This is a great video! Thank you for sharing Dennis.

  • Well said Philip! Thank you.

  • Dear Philip. Interesting question. In fact, I agree with you. In my opinion, "facilitating" is leading a session (a discussion, a lab tutorial, etc.). You do not always have to grasp the content in debt. When you are a teacher, you are considered to be an expert.
    I formulated the question like I did because I think student assistants do not always teach but...

  • Welcome Shirleny! I hope you find this course interesting. Have fun learning.

  • Dear Ranim, if you complete 50% of all the steps, you are eligible for a certificate of participation. If you complete 90%, you are eligible for a certificate of achievement. So it is up to you which one you would like to obtain. You are always invited to share your thoughts in the discussion section of each step. However, you do not have to comment to obtain...

  • Interesting comment Kirti. Realistic expectations are indeed crucial. However, the expectations should be tailored to the capabilities of the students. Teaching at "the zone of proximal development" it is called. What do you think?

  • Dear Marie, thank you. We are very proud of it as well. The video was made by the Centre for Information Technology (CIT) of the University of Groningen with input from the Student Service Centre.

  • Dear Marie, could you give us an example? Thanks!

  • Dear Rukh-e-zehra, welcome to this course.

  • Ine Noben made a comment

    Once again, thank you all for your contributions and your kind words. We are looking forward to hear from you again next week.

  • I love graphic facilitation as well! Thanks for sharing.

  • Dear Diana, what would you like to know exactly? You can always email me if you want ( Best, Ine

  • Dear Edna, thank you for sharing. Could you elaborate on your comment? In what way does the new generation learn differently?

  • Dear Heidi, I hope you had a wonderful summer holiday. Do not worry about "being behind". We are monitoring all weeks so your comments will be read. Have fun learning.

  • Dear Sashi, yes of course! Feel free to re-use the materials in this course. If you publish it anywhere, it would be appreciated if you could mention the University of Groningen as a reference.

  • Thank you for pointing this out Sashi. We will fix it as soon as possible.

  • Welcome Georgios. Week 4 might be particularly interesting for you since that week is all about mentoring.

  • Welcome Jean Claude. Have fun learning.

  • Welcome Jody.

  • Beautifully phrased Abraham, thank you.

  • Dear Heidi, interesting comment. I am taking the liberty to assume you are referring to the ongoing discussion in education regarding the fact whether teachers are "born" or "made". Maybe "influence" could be a synonym for the word you are looking for?

  • Dear Thinh, the materials in the course will remain accessible to you as long as you want. However, I understand your question since I also like to read / study from paper. If you are taking about a pdf, would you like a pdf from everything or from certain steps?

  • Welcome Artyom. I am looking forward to your contributions since it seems you have some valuable experience. Have fun participating.

  • Thank you Marie for clarifying! Waw, that is indeed a great active learning activity.

  • Dear Audra and Nadezhda. Thank you both for your contributions.
    I asked the question since "to know" is not an active measurable verb. You can test it in many ways (writing, presentation, multiple choice test, etc.). However, students do not know how to prepare for it. They have to "know" it and everyone can understand it differently. Therefore, we advise to...

  • Dear Myrna. Most of our students are Dutch. However, we are experiencing an increase in international students. Some study programmes are already very international. On this map you can see where our students come from Does this answer your question?

  • Welcome Georgiana. Do you study at the University of Groningen?

  • That is nice to hear! Hope to see you again next week.

  • Dear Marie. Thank you for sharing. Could you elaborate a bit more? I do not fully understand what you mean by "monitoring quality papers".

  • Dear Dennis, thanks for the information. We work closely with the University of Leiden (one of their first MOOC coordinators started here two years ago). We as well has a whole team supporting MOOCs. Furthermore, the University of Groningen was one of the first partners in the Netherlands of Futurelearn. Our MOOC coordinator travels to the headquarter at least...

  • Dear Bahati, thanks for sharing. I was wondering could you also use the verb "articulate" instead of "know"? What do you think? Do you think "to know" is measurable?

  • Welcome Waing. The online mentoring program seems interesting. Can you tell us a bit more about your tasks as a student officer?

  • Welcome Ngoc Anh

  • Good morning Nyaung and welcome to the course.

  • Welcome Esin. Do you aim to take up more teaching activities in the future?

  • Welcome Elvis!

  • Welcome Thet Su!