New education innovations

  • Facilitating Multidisciplinary Collaboration

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

    • Tool
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    • Curriculum Level
    • TU/e
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    • Interdisciplinary education
    • Education excellence & coaching
  • Activating Academic Skills

    This project focuses on the possibilities of digital learning technologies to create a flexible course in which teachers can blend online and classroom activities to provide as much, or as little trai...

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    • Course Level
    • BSc
    • WUR
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    • Blended learning & virtual labs
  • Balancing online and face-to-face teaching and learning activities

    The core of university course design is the selection and combination of Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs). TLAs may involve various types of interaction, either face-to-face or with and through...

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    • Article (research paper)
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    • Curriculum Level
    • BSc
    • MSc
    • PhD
    • WUR
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    • Blended learning & virtual labs
    • Dealing with diversity
    • Education excellence & coaching
    • Sustainable and active education
  • Teaching molecular mechanisms by using 3D visualizing workshops

    The course 'HAP31806 - Molecular Regulation of Health and Disease' (MRHD) is experienced by many students as a challenging course (Pace workload Q: 3.5 out of 5). For many students it is the first tim...

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    • Project
    • Course Level
    • MSc
    • WUR
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    • Education excellence & coaching
    • Future engineering skills
  • Characteristics of Educational Innovations at Wageningen University

    This executive summary reports on a research study mapping the characteristics of educational innovation projects at WUR (Wageningen University and Research). It provides a general description of the ...

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    • WUR
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    • Sustainable and active education

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Interdisciplinary education
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Interdisciplinary education is education in which students learn to solve problems that draw on multiple disciplines, either within the engineering domain or between the engineering domain and domains outside engineering. It is about integrating information, data techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts and theories from two or more disciplines. Interdisciplinary learning is one of the central characteristics of contemporary engineering education and of design-based education. 4TU.CEE has a special focus on integrating mathematics in engineering in 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 engineering 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 within the engineering education field are faced with an increasingly diverse group of students. This diversity is characterised by prior knowledge and level of education, but also by culture and ethnicity, learning style and gender. Motivation is of special interest, as engineering students may have different motives to become an engineer (intrinsic, societal, economic or career). This requires new knowledge and skills from both staff and students in order to gain excellent study results. This is especially the case in engineering education where a solid background in scientific subjects is needed to perform well. Furthermore 4TU.CEE wants to explore how to offer flexible programmes to cater for the diverse interests, ambitions and career plans of our engineering students.

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. 

Sustainable and active education
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Since student activity is the key to learning effectiveness, the question of activating audiences is very relevant for education. Research shows that this can be enhanced by using a variety and combination of teaching methods. This can be a challenge however in large-scale lectures, that will only occur more regularly with the ever growing student population. Especially in Engineering classes specific challenges arise since engineering students need to gain hands-on experience in labs that are not suited for large groups. How can you offer an engaging education programme with a lack in facilities and limited availability of costly materials that are used in class? Special attention is paid on how to maintain sustainable engineering classes. 

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 engineering students need to be optimally prepared for the job market. 4TU.CEE considers implementing these future engineering skills in engineering education, and entrepreneurial thinking in particular, as an important topic of interest.

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