Educause has released an interesting video of the student of the future. In my opinion they give a good overview of developments in the technology and the diversity of our learners.
Next week it is time for the 5th Open Education Week. Again we are organising some events in Delft. Both events are on Friday 31st of March. In the morning we start with the Delft Data Science Seminar and afterwards is our Open Science Seminar.
Delft Data Science Seminar
TU Delft’s Delft Data Science organises an event regarding Online Education. Massive Open Online Courses are an innovative way to make education available for everyone. But how do we keep the quality high with such a large demand for Online Education? Delft Data Science’s researchers and international speakers will share their new findings in this seminar with other academics, partners and with you.
Some of the speakers are Justin Reich of MIT and Marcus Specht of Welten Institute.
Open Science Seminar - Being Strategic about Open
Open Science concerns openness in the entire cycle of practicing science, increasing access and transparency in both research, education and valorisation, based on the principle of circulating knowledge by sharing, reusing and collaborating. During this Seminar we will share and discuss examples how openness in education and research can support TU Delft's mission to contribute to a sustainable society for the 21st century and challenge you to think about what open education and open research means for you in your daily practice. More info on our website.
Both events are open for TU Delft employees and externals. There is one registration form for both events.
At the Open Education Global conference I organised an Action Lab on MOOCs. The session is focused on answer the questions of the audience. This time the audience consisted of a newby, a couple of instructional designers, a couple of researchers and some others. This focused the discussion and slides I showed.
Below is the slide deck I used for the session.
Tonight at the gala diner of the OEGlobal Conference the official announcement was made that the 2018 conference will be in Delft. After a fierceful selection process my proposal to host the conference in Delft was selected by the board.
Although it means a lot of work for me and my team, I think it is a great opportunity for the Netherlands and Delft. There are a lot of activities currently happening and this conference in April 2018 can further focus and showcase this to the rest of the world.
The conference will be from 24-26 April 2018 in the TU Delft Conference Centre. All participants can enjoy kingsday on the 27th of April (bring your orange shirt).
City of Delft
Delft has a historic, picturesque city centre with world famous unique selling points such as the famous painter Johannes Vermeer (girl with the pearl), William of Orange and Delft blue pottery. Due to the central location in Randstad, Delft is easily accessible by car, train and public transport. In 40 minutes you are in Delft from Schiphol Airport. Within a hour you can be in the four big cities Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam or Utrecht.
A week ago TU Delft launched their first MicroMaster programme. The topic is about Solar Energy Engineering. This programme is part of the announcement of 16 new MicroMaster programmes on the edX platform.
What is a MicroMaster?
It is a series of MOOCs, which allow learners to specialise in a certain topic and advance their careers or studies. It can be finished with a certificate and may be counted towards a regular master programme after admission. With MicroMasters programs, we are helping to bridge the knowledge gap between higher education and the workplace by offering content and credentials in the most in-demand fields and skills needed for success in today’s rapidly-evolving and tech-driven world. These credit-eligible, career-relevant programs are free to try, and can help advance careers and offer a pathway to an accelerated Master’s program.
Solar Energy Engineering
Our online solar energy MicroMaster programme includes four rigorous courses and a practical project derived from TU Delft’s Master of Science programmes. The workload is around 18 EC (European Credits). It will provide learners with most of the technical knowledge they need – from the physics of photovoltaic solar cells to the design of microgrids. But the MicroMasters programme offers more than that – it will lead to a valuable MicroMasters credential when finishing all courses and the project successfully. For prospective students who apply and get admitted to specific TU Delft Master of Science programmes, it will allow them to use the MicroMasters credential to request an exemption for the equivalent solar courses (depending on their Individual Exam Programme).
Demand from industry
The renewable energy market develops rapidly. It is our university’s mission to contribute to solving tomorrow’s problems and that includes supporting the transition to renewable energy through research and education. Providing education to professionals in the solar energy sector is one way of doing that. In line with our approach to lifelong learning, we hope to close the knowledge gap for engineers and other professionals who desire to develop their expertise with this MicroMaster Programme on solar energy.
In the first week already more than 4,000 learners enrolled in the first course that starts on April 24th.
Last week the Dutch National Plan Open Science was presented. The plan was written by a team led by my colleague Wilma van Wezenbeek (TU Delft Library Director). The key ambitions of the plan are:
- Full open access to publications in 2020
Continue the Dutch approach for all Dutch research organisations and research areas whilst recognising their differences and similarities.
- To make research data optimally suited for reuse
To set clear and agreed technical and policy-related preconditions to facilitate reuse of research data, including provision of the necessary expertise and support.
- Recognition and rewards
To examine together how open science can be an element of the evaluation and reward system for researchers, research groups and research proposals.
- To promote and support
To establish a ‘clearing house’ for all information regarding all available research support.
Important is that the plan is not only focusing making publications open access, but also change the evaluation and reward system for researchers.
The Open Education Leadership Award of Excellence is presented to an individual who has shown strong leadership in the field of Open Education.
It is awarded by the Open Education Consortium to recognize truly exceptional work and dedication to the ideals of Open Education. Previous winners are leaders such as Nicole Allen, Peter Smith, Anka Mulder, Fred Mulder.
This year two awards are granted in this category:
Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture and Science for the Netherlands since 2012 and major advocator of Open Education. Her support of openness has served as an example for governments around the world.
During her 4 years as minister of education, Jet Bussemaker has positioned open education as an important strategy of her policy. She started a structural granting programme, supporting bottom-up initiatives for universities. During the EU Presidency of the Netherlands (first half of 2016) she placed open education on the agenda and organized a big event during the Open Education Week.
The Dutch Minister of Education has made major policy changes towards open education. By 2025 all educational resources should be open and available via an (inter)national platform. She has also made available a grant programme for open education with a yearly budget going to 2 mln euro. In 2015, eleven projects were approved and in 2016, twelve projects were approved.
Dr. Bakary Diallo, is the rector of the African Virtual University, a pan-African project with 35 partner universities. He has served two terms on the OEC board of directors and has been treasurer during that time. His service to the global open education movement has come from his lifelong commitment to the expansion of educational opportunities.
Through Dr. Diallo’s leadership, the AVU has developed OER-based courses and degrees in math and science teacher education and in computer science. Through his advocacy for open educational resources and his broad international network, Dr. Diallo has shone a bright light on open education, on our global consortium, and on the opportunities that expanded access to higher education will bring to underserved communities throughout the world.
Both winners trully deserve this award. They will receive the award at the upcoming conference in Cape Town 8-10 March. You can still register and attend this great conference!
Last week Harvard and MIT published an interesting report about four years of MOOCs. They explored 290 Harvard and MIT online courses, a quarter-million certifications, 4.5 million participants, and 28 million participant-hours. That is a bit more than TU Delft, we currently have 1.2 million enrolments of 821,283 unique accounts, 75 courses, 31 thousand certificates, but our first MOOCs didn't start until September 2013. In this blog post I guide you through their findings and have tried to add some comparisons with our DelftX data.
The Year of Open is a global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations. At its core, open is a mindset about the way we should meet collective needs and address challenges.
The Year of Open is community-led campaign, coordinated by the Open Education Consortium (of which I'm a board member). The focus is on the all kinds of open, such as open education, open access, open science, open data, open government, open licenses, open source software. This year we will work together with many organisations to promote openness in all its aspects.
The TU Delft has decided to use the opportunity of implementing a new LMS to innovate education towards blended and online education. A two-year project was defined to innovate education during the migration to the new Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) Brightspace. An important part of this project is to provide excellent technical and didactical support to our academic staff.
As Learning Developer you will be part of the (international) CLE migration and implementation team. This team is responsible for the successful transition to the new LMS Brightspace. The primary focus of the project is to improve campus education, not just move content from the old system to the new CLE.
The focal areas of a learning developer at the TU Delft are:
- Design instructional materials and courses, particularly for digital delivery.
- Manage the efforts of faculty, administration, other instructional designers, and others to achieve better student learning.
- Train faculty to leverage technology and implement pedagogy effectively.
- Support faculty when they run into technical or instructional challenges.
Course Migration Coordinator
This position will have a focus on managing the process of course migration and improvement. You will:
- Coordinate the activities of the other learning developers and student assistants.
- Meet with academic staff to discuss their educational improvements.
- Keep track of the progress of the course migrations and report to the project management.
- Coordinate with the other teams to align all activities towards the project's objectives.
This position focuses on the Support process of the transition. You will:
- Coordinate the activities of the support team that consists of student assistants.
- Have contact with academic staff to answer their support questions and resolve the didactical questions.
- Coordinate the development of support materials and manage the support website.
- Keep track of support questions and report to project management.
- Coordinate with the other teams to align all activities towards the project's objectives.
Do you want to be part of innovating education with a new Collaboration and Learning Environment? Join our international support team! Deadline is 9 January 2017, more information on our website.