Since 2013, over 250 TU Delft lecturers have been developing and delivering online education. Thanks to their enterprising efforts and the dedication of the TU Delft Extension School (ES) support staff, TU Delft has contributed to educating the world and enhancing campus education.
Open and online education at TU Delft has had a positive impact on various areas beside benefiting campus education, from widening access to high quality education for hundreds of thousands, to contributing to our University’s international standing, from developing educational innovation and conducting pedagogical research, to forging industry collaboration.
This impact report gives a good overview of our activities and the impact we have had.
Online education gives academic staff new tools for research, valorisation and dissemination, as well as community building. For many lecturers, it also creates an opportunity to improve campus courses, innovate their teaching, and it adds to their professional development. It contributes to enhance networks and international recognition, in both academia and industry. Additionally, the findings from the research we conduct in online learning are applied to inform best practices in teaching, and to improve the learning experience on campus and online.
The support given by ES instructional designers and learning developers to academic staff - be they tenured professors, first year associates, or even student Dream Teams – has also resulted in a variety of educational innovations, such as new tools, animations, online labs, simulations, assessment methods, serious games and various technology applications.
In recent years, our online offering centred on key topics – energy transition, sustainable cities and the future of transportation – that are relevant to the University’s mission of contributing solutions to grand societal challenges. Looking ahead, we uphold our mission of providing quality education to people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, by continuing to offer our MOOCs with an open licence. At the same time, we focus on further growing a continuing education portfolio of modular and stackable programmes for working professionals.