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4TU.CEE started a new webinar series on challenge-based-education at the 4TUs. We are looking forward to hearing from 4TU staff about their challenge-based initiatives and sharing our experiences! We wish to engage in an open debate about the best ways to implement challenge-based learning at the 4TUs. This time University of Twente is up.
Bachelor Module: Science to Society: From Idea to Prototype– Interdisciplinary Industry-linked Project / Dr.ir. K. Nizamis & Coralie Johnson.
Both projects have a strong focus on interdisciplinarity within CBL, the added value of interdisciplinary student teams and the challenges and limitations that still exist. In the discussion we will explore the possibilities of stretching the limits of interdisciplinarity by sharing experiences and exploring new ideas.
Welcome and start
Coralie Johnson – Module Consumer products; presentation and Q & A
Kostas Nizamis - Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design
Thomas Groen – Master Spatial Engineering; presentation and Q & A
Plenary discussion and Wrap-up
Coralie Johnson MSc
Coralie Johnson is an experienced international teacher who is now employed as an educational consultant, at the Centre of Expertise in Learning and Teaching at the University of Twente. She is currently contributing to a Comenius Project at the UT; STRIPES 2021 – where a study is under way to support teacher teams in redesigning their interdisciplinary modules in a structured and evidence informed way. The module described for this webinar is a part of that study.
Dr.ir. K. Nizamis
Kostas Nizamis is an Assistant Professor in Multidisciplinary Design at the Design, Production, & Management (DPM) department at the University of Twente. As a graduate of both Electrical/Computer Engineering (M.Eng) and Biomedical Engineering (MSc.), he has first-hand experience in multidisciplinary collaboration. His current research interests involve the application of multidisciplinary design approaches and methods in the development and validation of novel technologies that address high-impact societal problems. He is strongly committed to educational innovation through the implementation of challenge-based learning in order to bridge education with research and industry. As the coordinator of the HTHT Minor Science 2 Society, he applies Challenge-Based Learning principles to facilitate interdisciplinary learning.
Dr. Thomas Groen
Dr. Thomas Groen is an ecologist that graduated from Wageningen on tropical nature conservation in 2001 and subsequently obtained a PhD degree in the same direction in 2007. Since then he has been working at the Natural resources department of the faculty ITC where he is involved in education and research related to nature conservation and natural resources management. He obtained his senior university teaching qualification on the acceptance of student centred learning by international students in 2017. He was involved from the onset in 2017 in the development and teaching in the Masters programme Spatial Engineering. Since 2020 het is the programme director of this Master.
This new webinar series will explore the many forms and variants of challenge-based education at the 4 Technical Universities in the Netherlands. Challenge-based education is propagated as “The framework for Education” preparing students for addressing complex challenges forwarded in the sustainable development goals. These represent the most significant challenges in society, such as climate change, covid 19 and many others in need of technological or other creative and innovative solutions. A challenge typically proposes a real-world and authentic challenge, creating deep, meaningful and purposeful learning, while bridging the gap between academia and society. Yet many questions on how to best realise this type of education remain. Therefore 4TU proposes a series of best practices of Challenge-based learning within each institution and an open debate on specific aspects of the challenge-based learning, and it’s many remaining questions in dire need of substantial educational research.
We are looking forward to hearing from 4TU staff about their challenge based initiatives and experiences and sharing our experiences! We wish to engage in an open debate about the best ways to implement Challenge-based learning at 4TU. We’ll meet you on the following dates:
18 March 2021
Free of charge for anyone working at 4TU.Please note that the webinar is initially meant for 4TU staff. If sufficient place is available staff from other universities can also participate. This will be known one week before the webinar takes place.
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