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I have taught at university level since 2008, mostly at Leiden University, with a brief spell at Radboud University Nijmegen. In 2014, I was awarded with the Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize for the most inspiring lecturer of the faculty of Humanities at Leiden University. In 2015/2016, I was one of the teaching ambassadors for ‘blended learning’ at Leiden University’s Expertise Centre for Online Learning (ECOLe). In 2017, I was one of three nominees for the LUS Teaching Award.

On this page you can see an overview of my efforts in the field of teaching innovation and an overview of the courses I am currently teaching, as well as a list of courses and guest lectures I have taught in the past. An overview of the completed BA and MA theses I have supervised in the past can be found here: overview of thesis supervision.

Teaching innovation

I have (co-)led a number of projects on teaching innovation, sponsored by Leiden University’s ECOLe (Expertise Centre for Online Learning):

  • Facebook group ‘Old English Enthusiasts’ (2012-) – In 2012, I started the Facebook group ‘Old English Enthusiasts’, which has over 400 members to date – all students and alumni of my courses in Old English. The group has developed into an ever-growing network for Dutch people with an interest in Old English and Anglo-Saxon England. Read more about this initiative here.
  • Old English Grammar Bytes (2015-) – I have developed a number of short Old English grammar videos, which are now available on YouTube. See: Old English Grammar Videos
  • Old English and Pitch2Peer (2016-) – I have used the Pitch2Peer environment as an alternative to in-class presentations. In groups of three, students uploadtheir own research vlogs (on the Norman Conquest or a particular Exeter Book Riddle); they are graded on the quality of their vlogs, as well as their cooperation and their ability to provide peer feedback. I have published on this project with my then student-assistant Jodie Mann here.
  • Thesis supervision via Trello (2016-) – As part of a blended learning project, I have used the online collaboration platform Trello for supervising theses. This method of thesis supervision has since been adopted by various colleagues in the Leiden English department.
  • The Leiden University Old English ColloQuest (2018; with dr. Krista A. Murchison) – We developed a digital edition of a part of Ælfric’s Colloquy with adaptive glosses. The digital edition is available here. We have published on this project with our then student-assistants Amos van Baalen and Jennifer Jansen here.
  • Beohyf: Collaborative Old English Translation (2018-) – With student assistant Berber Bossenbroek, I am experimenting with ways to translate an Old English text collaboratively, rather than individually. Initially considering an app, we now plan to experiment with the online annotation platform hypothes.is.

Current courses:

First semester 2019/2020 (August-December, 2019):

Second semester 2019/2020 (February-June, 2020):

I am also the current coordinator of the minor programme ‘De Middeleeuwen en de vroegmoderne tijd’.

Courses taught in the past:

At Masterlanguage (National graduate programme):

At Leiden University (graduate level):

At Leiden University (undergraduate level):

  • British and Irish Culture, 1940-Present (2016)
  • English-language Popular Culture (2017-2019)
  • Great Books from the Literature of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (2011-2018)
  • Linguistics 1: An Introduction to English Phonetics (2008-2009)
  • Linguistics 2: An Introduction to English Syntax (2008-2009)
  • Linguistics 4: English Phonology (2009-2010)
  • Linguistics 5: An Introduction to English Morphology (2009)
  • Linguistics 5C: English Historical Linguistics (2008)
  • Panorama of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (2013-2018)
  • Philology 1: An Introduction to Middle English (2009-2017)
  • Philology 2: Introduction to Old English (2009-2019)
  • Philology 3: History of the English Language (2009, 2011-2014, 2016)
  • Philology 4: Highlights of Medieval English Literature (2016-2019)
  • Philology 5/6: Old English Literature (2011-2018)
  • Philology 5/6: Early Modern Everyday English (2009-2010)
  • Philology 5/6: Introduction to Late Modern English (2011)

At Radboud University Nijmegen:

  • English from Old to New (2010)

Special courses (summer schools)

  • 10-day summer school Old English, at 14th Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics (22 July-2 August, 2019)
  • 10-day summer school Old English, at 13th Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics (9-20 July, 2018)
  • 10-day summer school Old English, at 12th Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics (10-21 July, 2017)

Guest lectures at universities and research institutes:

  1. ‘Middeleeuws Engeland en de fantasiewerelden van J. R. R. Tolkien en G. R. R. Martin’, in the course  ‘Bye, bye, Britain…’, HOVO Universiteit Leiden (18-03-2019)
  2. ‘Approaches to Medieval Literary Texts and The Battle of Maldon’, in the course ‘Medieval Sources Course’, Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek (National research school Medieval Studies) (30-01-2019)
  3. ‘Elderly Heroes in Anglo-Saxon Literature’, in the course ‘Great Heroes: Medieval to Modern’, Utrecht University (15-05-2018)
  4. ‘Approaches to Medieval Literary Texts and The Battle of Maldon’, in the course ‘Medieval Sources Course’, Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek (National research school Medieval Studies) (13-06-2017)
  5. ‘Elderly Heroes in Anglo-Saxon Literature’, in the course ‘Great Heroes: Medieval to Modern’, Utrecht University (16-05-2017)
  6. ‘Elderly Heroes in Anglo-Saxon Literature’, in the course ‘Great Heroes: Medieval to Modern’, Utrecht University (17-05-2016)
  7. ‘Vanquished by Vikings, Venerated by a Poet: Approaches to Old English Texts and The Battle of Maldon’, in the course ‘Medieval Sources Course’, Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek (National research school Medieval Studies) (24-08-2015)
  8. ‘Elderly Heroes in Anglo-Saxon Literature’, in the course ‘Great Heroes: Medieval to Modern’, Utrecht University (12-05-2015)
  9. ‘Elderly Heroes in Anglo-Saxon Literature’, in the course ‘Unlikely Heroes in Medieval Literature’, Utrecht University (03-05-2013)
  10. ‘Beowulf Balings? Sporen van Oudengelse literatuur in Tolkiens The Hobbit’, in the course ‘Tolkien: De lezingencursus’, Leidenhoven College, Amsterdam (18-10-2012)
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