Winning the Leiden University teaching prize is a great honour and a recognition for not only being a motivated teacher but also for being innovative. What comes with the prize is a membership of the Leiden University Teaching Academy (LTA) and some money to spent on a teaching innovation. The LTA is a community of teachers from different faculties who meet at a regular basis to share and discuss ideas about best teaching practices and innovations. Within the context of the LTA a project can be developed and implemented using the prize money. It is my interest to investigate how we can implement virtual reality practicals in teaching modules in a way that students get better prepared for the real practicals and for doing research in a lab.
Each year the Leiden University Student Platform awards the Leiden Teaching prize to the Leiden lecturer who has made the greatest contribution to teaching within the university. This year (2018) the prize was presented during the annual Dies Natalis to Roeland Dirks.