Isabella Spaans, Utrecht University
TrainTool is the software of Faculty of Skills. In TrainTool, students can practise their communication skills using online video roleplays. They watch a video of a conversation and then record their response to that situation. Teachers and/or peers can then provide feedback on the recorded response. The tool also offers space for extra instructional videos, multiple choice questions and tips. TrainTool is available for use in both a web browser and an app for smartphone or tablet.
Students are very enthusiastic about training with TrainTool. Some have to overcome a little hurdle to record themselves on video, but almost all participants indicate that they get used to it quickly. The fact that students are satisfied is reflected in the figures. 82% of the students indicate that they are satisfied and give the programme a grade of 6 or higher. 38% are very enthusiastic and give the programme an 8 or higher (Sample 2019, n = 978 students). TrainTool is available for use in both a web browser, and in an app for smartphone or tablet.
Education will not only be more effective, but also more efficient. Students practice their communication skills outside of contact hours, while the teacher monitors and assesses their progress online. During lectures, practicums and other face-to-face meetings, there is room for in-dept handling of the subject because students have already practised the skills. They can immediately apply the new skills in conversation situations.
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