Toolkit for Building Blocks for Effective Lecturer Professional Development

If your institution wants to establish and evaluate effective professional development for lecturers in the area of educational innovation with IT, we encourage you to use the Toolkit for Building Blocks for Effective Lecturer Professional Development which has been made available by the Facilitating Professional Development for Lecturers zone. The toolkit is based on the Building Blocks Report 2.0, which was created through practical research and a literature study. There is both an online version and a paper version of the toolkit, making different working methods possible.

All parts of the toolkit are highlighted below, including the downloads and online publications.

Components toolkit (downloads and links)

Building blocks report

1. Building blocks for effective lecturer professional development

The report contains all the building blocks for effective lecturer professional development based on a literature review.

Guiding questions

2. Guiding questions for selecting building blocks

The guide contains questions and examples for each building block in the building blocks report. The questions are intended to help select the building blocks for a professional development activity, such as a workshop, module or course. They can also be used when designing a professional development activity.

Working methods

3. Working methods

Using the card set (point 4, work format I) or the online environment (point 5, work format II), you go through the phases in the Handbook of Professional Development relating to Educational Innovation with ICT. These stages are based on the Educational Research Design methodology:

  • The analysis/exploration phase is the first step. Here, you analyse the problem, the need and the context. In addition, you explore how others have tackled similar problems, so that you do not reinvent the wheel. The result is a substantiation of the choice of theme and form of the professional development activity.
  • The design/development phase is the second step. In this phase, you elaborate on the learning objectives, approach, content and form of the professional development activity. You also think about which research questions will be answered.
  • In the evaluation/reflection phase, the effects of the professional development activities are evaluated and you reflect on the results.
Working method I

4. Card set

The card set consists of cards with definitions of and statements about the building blocks. You can use these as an introduction to the building blocks and as an aid to starting a discussion about the professional development of lecturers aimed at educational innovation with IT within your own organisation. You can reflect on your current or future activities, but also on themes. It is also possible to use the cards to support the design methodology for educational innovation with IT (3). You can download the set of cards below, including the manual. You can print it out yourself or request a printed copy of the card set by sending an email to

Working method II

5. Powerpoint

The powerpoints are part of a work form that helps with design methodology (3), consisting of the three phases Analysis and exploration, Design and development, and Evaluation and reflection. A work form is available for each of these phases. For each work form, you will find a template to use as a facilitator. In addition, a general template is available for introducing the building blocks and target groups.

You can download the templates here:

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