C-MODE– Constructing knowledge based on modular on-demand digital education


Digital education provides a unique opportunity to reshape our educational practices in order to optimally use our limited resource in terms of human capital and continue to provide excellent education to our students. However, education at most universities is still organized around monographic stand-alone topic courses, offered in a predetermined sequence and taught in plenary lectures. At the same time it is well-known that the ingredients needed for (deep) learning are: boundaries (context), resources and a question that triggers our imagination. The goal of this project is to develop a course design strategy based on these three pillars that can be extended to learning line design.


The general objective of this project is to develop the C-MODE blueprint for modular on-demand digital education and implement it on a course as a pilot example.

Additionally, the following sub-objectives are defined:

·        Explore the possibilities of on-demand modular education within the current curriculum structure.

·        Optimize face-to-face lecturer-student contact to maximize the ratio value/time.

·        Develop an intelligent digital learning environment including digital assessment tools.

·        Establish best practices, do’s and don’ts and a roadmap towards broader implementation of the C-MODE concept.

The goals of the C-MODE concept itself are:

·        Encourage intrinsic motivation of students.

·        Optimize use of our limited resources to make lecturer time count.

·        Maximize the added value of TU/e education with respect to online programs.  


·        Develop C-MODE blueprint based on existing literature and best practices and TUe expertise.

·        Students construct knowledge by solving a case provided by the lecturer (for example, controlled motion of a robot-arm).

·        Design digital learning environment making use of existing online material supplemented with new material if needed and implement in CANVAS.

·        Implement on an existing 5 EC course, 4DB00 Dynamics and Control of Mechanical Systems, that can be coupled to a 5 EC DBL course, 4GB20 Robot-arm, in a second phase.

·        Pilot will be run with a subset of the total population of students on voluntary basis.

Expected outcomes

·        Modular educational concept that can be implemented within the constraints of the current curriculum.

·        Improved performance and satisfaction of students and lecturers.

·        Reduce pressure on lecturing space and lecturer time.

Roadmap towards a broader implementation of the C-MODE concept.