New education innovations

  • Boundary Crossing @ WUR

    BC competence is a key competence to respond to emerging global challenges, and is therefore at the forefront of the educational vision of WUR (Wageningen University & Research, 2017). To contribute t...

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    • Interdisciplinary education
    • Dealing with diversity
    • Future engineering skills
  • IMPULS

    In the period 2016-2019, the University of Twente worked hard on the beta didactic IMPULS project with the aim of learning concepts from contemporary science contexts. ELAN collaborated intensively wi...

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    • Interdisciplinary education
    • Active learning & large groups
  • Evaluation of “Bring Your Own Device” Project in WUR

    Wageningen University and Research (WUR) is looking into creating more flexibility in education, to enable students to be able to use supporting software and technology on their own devices instead of...

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    • Blended learning & virtual labs
    • Active learning & large groups
  • Dealing with internationalisation: Toolbox for Lecturers

    Current and future students will work in a rapidly changing world that differs significantly from the present situation. Teaching staff are confronted with new challenges, because the competence for t...

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    • Interdisciplinary education
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    • Education excellence & coaching
  • Teaching Large Groups

    In recent years, there has been an increasing trend in the number of students entering Dutch universities. The increasing student numbers bring about many advantages. However, more often than not, thi...

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    • Education excellence & coaching
    • Active learning & large groups
  • Facilitating Multidisciplinary Collaboration

    In this project, we create, test and evaluate a tool that enables tutors to guide the collaborative process in interdisciplinary groupwork.

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    • Interdisciplinary education
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  • TUe mobile – Mobile learning for challenge-based education

    Mobility is a defining factor of today’s world. In today’s world, students learn in different settings, in and out of campus, in the train or at a café. Engineers collaborate with partners all ov...

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    • Blended learning & virtual labs
    • Active learning & large groups
    • Future engineering skills

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Interdisciplinary education
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Interdisciplinary education learns students to solve problems drawing on multiple disciplines, within and outside their domain. It is about processes that integrate information, data techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts and theories from two or more disciplines. Interdisciplinary learning is a central characteristics of contemporary and design-based education.

Blended learning & virtual labs
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Blended learning is an optimal mix of face-to-face education and online learning, allowing for education that is more effective, efficient and varied. When implemented properly blended learning will change and improve the learning experience in courses. New formats of professional learning will emerge and are linked to these blends. The upcoming remote and virtual labs are of special interest to 4TU.CEE.

Dealing with diversity
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Lecturers are faced with an increasingly diversity in prior knowledge, level of education, culture, ethnicity, learning style, and motives (intrinsic, societal, economic or career). This requires knowledge and skills from staff and students to enable diverse students to gain excellent results and obtain a solid background in scientific subjects in addition to the capability to perform well in diverse and intercultural teams.

Education excellence & coaching
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Coaching students can have a positive effect on student learning. In between assessment can be a means to activate students to learn throughout the course. They may prepare students for final assessments and may provide students with feedback on their learning and performance, which in turn may direct their learning. Peer assessments can be helpful for both the assessor and the students whose work is commented upon. Other techniques that help student learning are explored such as gamification and supported self-study. 

Active learning & large groups
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Student activity is a key to learning effectiveness and activating audiences is important for education. The combination of teaching methods needed for this might be difficult to use for large groups; especially when engineering students need to gain hands-on experience. The challenge is often to offer engaging education with a lack in facilities and limited availability of costly materials.

Future engineering skills
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Specific skills that characterise the future engineer are dealing with uncertainty, ambiguity and risks, problem solving and leadership. Entrepreneurial thinking has been recognised by industry as one of the skills students need to be optimally prepared for the job market. 4TU.CEE considers implementing these future skills in education, and entrepreneurial thinking in particular, as an important topic of interest.

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