Allowing Experimentation in educational settings

Tanja shows how students can experiment and stretch the borders of an assignment through freedom within bounds

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Whenever you, as a teacher, provide students with assignments, you can set the boundaries real strict and give exact instructions of how the students should work, which steps they should take. Or you can set the boundaries real strict and stimulate them to find their own way of reaching the goal, making a product within the giving boundaries.

Bounded without freedom and strict instructions lead to predictable results: students try to follow the instructions as well as they can, and the end results are all very similar.

Depending on the type of assignment, you could consider giving the students more room for exploration and experimenting, so they experience more freedom. This might lead to new ideas and innovation. Above all, the students have more fun in working on the assignment.

Offering students more freedom creates a feeling of ownership: they have a unique product of idea, that is their own and they are not a dime a dozen. It makes teaching nicer as well, the results may surprise you and it is more fun to work in this way.

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands


Voice over: Jeroen Loef – Honours coordinator and lecturer, School of Marketing Management

Marieke ter Braak – Honours lecturer, School of Marketing Management

Jaan Kets – Honours lecturer, School of Marketing Management

Ivonne Weidgraaf – Honours support, School of Marketing Management

Inge Hamersma – Marketing communication, School of Marketing Management

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