GrassRoots & KnowVU Award


Winnaar met jury. vlnr: Eva de Jong (jurylid), Lothar Kuijper (jurylid), Nel de Jong (winnaar KnowVU Award 2018 voorjaar), Marijke Leijdekkers (jurylid)

Nel de Jong en Margreet Onrust, congratulations with winning the KnowVU Award 2018 – spring!

With their idea for a VU-wide digital feedback system for language skills, NLS Online, NT2 teachers Nel de Jong and Margreet Onrust (HUM) won the Pitch Round of the KnowVU Award 2018 – spring on 19 April 2018.

The feedback system that the teachers will develop with the help of the grant should support teachers in providing efficient individual feedback on language weaknesses in student texts.

The system will be easily accessible to teachers from all faculties, via Canvas/Turnitin.

De Jong and Onrust look forward to helping to improve the language skills of all VU students.


KnowVU Award 2018 – spring edition

Teachers from the VU, VUmc or ACTA could submit their educational ideas until Friday 6 April 2018 at the latest in order to have a chance of obtaining a fund of €1,000 or €5,000.

Five candidates nominated for the KnowVU Award were invited to pitch their teaching idea at the Pitch Round on 19 April. The nominees were selected by the jury of the KnowVU Award.



For de GrassRoots grant, three winners were selected. These GrassRoots winners presented their projects at the Pitch Round too.


About the GrassRoots and KnowVU Award

Starting 2017, the application procedures for the GrassRoots (granted by the ICT & Education Advisory Council) and the KnowVU Award (by KnowVU) are merged into a single procedure. With a GrassRoots grant or KnowVU Award, teachers are given the opportunity to develop new teaching ideas, helping to renew and improve their teaching. The table below summarizes the main characteristics of the two teaching grants.



for small scale ICT-projects

KnowVU Award

for broadly deployable teaching ideas

Grant €1000,- €5000,-
Number of nominees all candidates 10 candidates per year (5 per round)
Number of laureates 5 maximum per year

(spring edition: 3, fall edition: 2)

2 maximum per year (1 per round)
Kind of project

An experiment with an ICT application, aiming to improve the teaching quality in a course or in a programme.

More information about the GrassRoots

A teaching innovation that is suitable for more than one course, potentially for more than one programme and ideally for more than one faculty

More information about the KnowVU Award


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