School of Business and Economics: Research-Based Learning – An Implementation Journey

Jan Nijhuis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


This case study reports the journey that the school of business and economics (sbe) of maastricht university has taken to implement research-based learning (rbl) in its multidisciplinary environment. The marble research project at sbe is a mixture of a community of learning (col) and a community of practice (cop), which are complementary. The main focus of the journey was to find a good structure for the community with respect to learning and conducting research. The initial plan was to create separate tutorial groups for marble students within courses. However, due to the large number of courses and the limited student inflow, this was not possible. As a result, the marble research course was introduced, bringing marble students together. The challenges for this course are timing and finding topics that suit all students. After 2 years of experimentation, the marble programme has found its place within the sbe curriculum. A coordinator has been appointed, a website and a facebook page are online and successes are made public.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch-Based Learning: Case Studies from Maastricht University
EditorsEllen Bastiaens, Jonathan van Tilburg, Jeroen van Merriënboer
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-50993-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-50991-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

SeriesProfessional Learning and Development in Schools and Higher Education book series (PROD)


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