New education innovations

  • The Transition to Online Education during the Corona Crisis Situation

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced an abrupt transition to online education. Although there is some knowledge (both scientific and practical knowledge) about the factors that contribute to the ef...

    • Course Level
    • Curriculum Level
    • Above curriculum
    • WUR
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    • Blended learning & virtual labs
  • Corona transition and student learning

    The Corona transition at TU/e led to an abrupt and very fundamental change in the form of teaching and student learning. All interaction has shifted to online. This has consequences for student learni...

    • Evidence Based
    • Course Level
    • BSc
    • MSc
    • TU/e
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    • Blended learning & virtual labs
    • Education excellence & coaching
  • The University of Tomorrow and Future Roles of Engineers

    This project Future Engineering Roles addresses the need for the Future University to adapt their approach to education. What will an engineer’s job look like in 2030? Will a future engineer need th...

    • Project
    • Above curriculum
    • TUD
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    • Future engineering skills
  • Learning in extracurricular challenges

    This project focuses on defining extracurricular challenge-based learning at Wageningen University. In addition, it focuses on which students engage in these extracurricular challenges and what motiva...

    • Project
    • BSc
    • MSc
    • PhD
    • WUR
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    • Interdisciplinary education
    • 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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