Twice a year the TU Delft organises the Exchange Week focused on educational innovation. On November 29th, 30th, and December 1st, 2023, we are hosting the fall edition of the TU Delft Exchange Week for Higher Education Institutions. During this three-day event we will focus on exploring innovations in education to promote continuous learning.
Enhancing Continuous Learning, Continuous professional development, Lifelong Learning. How do we at universities enable and facilitate the continuous development process of professionals in the worlds of teaching and beyond? What challenges do we see? And how do we overcome those challenges? This main topic is central to the upcoming TU Delft Exchange week.
This week is a collaboration of the TU Delft Teaching Academy, Teaching & Learning Services and the Extension School. We look forward to exchanging experiences on education innovation and Continuous learning for both teaching staff and professionals in various fields. Interaction, networking, exchange of experiences and diving into specific challenges and topics are key.
Open Education Day
I'm also organising an Open Education Day on Tuesday 28th of November 2023. If Open Education is a relevant topic to you and your institution, we encourage you combine this event with the TU Delft Exchange Week. The Open Education Day is a collaboration of the Extension School and the TU Delft Library.
Before Covid we organised an Erasmus Exchange Week for anyone interested in the teaching and learning activities of the TU Delft, including the Extension School, New Media Centre, Blended learning. Last year we started this again with Erasmus Exchange Days and this year the "normal" programme returns. From April 12 to 14 we are organising the Erasmus Exchange Week again in the TU Delft Teaching Lab.
During this Exchange Week we will cover, amongst others, the topics:
Online education for lifelong learners, how to support and organise
a vibrant community of lecturers contributing to innovating Delft Engineering Education
How to successfully organise a teaching support center
Cookbook Education Spaces: requirements for standarized fuctionalities and operations
innovation through multimedia.
Interested in joining us that week, don't wait to register! There are only limited places available.
For European participants, you can use an Erasmus+ staff mobility grant to finance the trip.
Before Covid we regularly organised an Erasmus Exchange week, last one in January 2020, to share our expertise and practice on online, blended and campus education. During Covid we were too busy with all the emergency remote teaching, but this fall we have decided to pick it up. We have noticed in the last couple of months that the requests to visit our campus and hear more about our operations are picking up, so there is an interest. We did change the format because we are also organising an multiplier event for the Erasmus+ project Digitel Pro.
TU Delft Exchange Day
On 5 October 2022 a TU Delft Exchange Day on Education will be hosted at the TU Delft Teaching Lab for (international) higher education institutions. Are you from an higher education institution and interested to learn more about education innovation and development at TU Delft? Please let us know through the registration form by clicking the button below.
Indication of the Programme Components
Welcome & Opening by Rob Mudde, Vice Rector Magnificus/Vice President Education
Teaching Academy and Teaching Lab by Annoesjka Cabo, Academic Director Teaching Academy
"Engineer of the Future" by Hans Hellendoorn, Pro Vice Rector Magnificus Joint Education Affairs
"Innovation in Engineering Education" by Remon Rooij, Delft co-leader 4TU Centre for Engineering Education
Teaching & Learning Services by Franca Jonquiere, Manager Teaching & Learning Services
Extension School by Arno Smets, Director of ES Education TU Delft Extension School
NewMedia Centre: Media Production & Media Facilities for Education by Michel Beerens, Head NewMedia Centre
The DigiTeL Pro partnership brings together advanced "Schools" in research, innovation, and good practices in synchronous hybrid (KU Leuven), blended (TU Delft), and online and distance learning (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Open Universiteit (OUNL) and UNINETTUNO).
The event on October 6th 12:00 - 17:00 offers you an excellent opportunity for an update of last developments, primarily for course and curriculum developers and for all those who support teaching staff and learners, and secondly for leaders who direct these processes in higher education. Relevant post-COVID issues are addressed, e.g. active learning, interaction and collaborative learning, inclusiveness, and assessment and feedback.
The event will cover:
Outcomes/findings on the three formats of education Synchronous Hybrid, Online, and Blended Education, shared by experts of the DigiTeL Pro partnership;
Insights into how these theoretical formats support course design in your institution;
Opportunities to discuss how to apply models and guidelines in practice
Please find more information on the event, such as the agenda and the registration form, on our Eventbrite page.
Both events will be in the TU Teaching Lab. The Teaching Lab is the physical home of the Teaching Academy (the network for and by lecturers at the TU Delft). It is a dedicated space with special rooms for all TU Delft lecturers to connect, to share developments and innovation in education, to experiment with educational practices, and to spotlight lecturers.
Ten years ago Open Education Global started withe the Open Education Awards. To celebrate this, David Kindler, Marcela Morales & Paul Stacey have written an interesting book to provide an overview of 10 years of Open Education Awards.
"Starting in 2011, as part of its stewarding role, Open Education Global has provided annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the global open education community, recognizing exemplary leaders, distinctive Open Educational Resources, and open projects and initiatives. As part of the 10th anniversary of these awards, OEGlobal is publishing this Education For All book collecting all ten years of award winners into a single volume. This book is a celebration of their achievements. We plan to update this book each year as a living document."
Awards for TU Delft
In these 10 years the TU Delft has received many awards for our open education activities:
Leadership Award for Anka Mulder (2014)
Educator Award for Felienne Hermans (2018)
Student Award for Dirk Ulijn and Bart Meeuwissen (2019)
Open Website Award for TU Delft OCW website (2014)
Outstanding Course Awards for Sanitary Engineering (2012), Introduction to Aerospace Engineering I (2013), Delft Design Guide (2013), and The Human Controller (2015)
Open MOOC Awards for Solar Energy (2014), Introduction to Water Treatment (2014), Delft Design Approach (2015), Solving Complex Problems (2015), Pre-University Calculus (2016)
Open Curation / Repository Award for Grasple (2019)
Open Policy Award for our Strategic Framework "Impact for a Better Society" (2018)
The initiative of the Open Education Awards are a great way to recognise the open education activities around the world and helps individuals in advancing their career.
This week I chaired my last board meeting of Open Education Global as president of the Board. Last year already my term as elected board member ended and this week also term as president ended.
I'm proud to see in what an excellent shape Open Education Global is in. In this blog I would like address a couple of reasons why I say that.
Recently we published our the new strategy of OE Global: Open for Public Good. In this strategy we position OE Global as an open education steward within the education ecosystem. OEGlobal’s primary role is as a connector. We foster knowledge exchange, advance sus- tainable systemic change and open policies, amplify impact, and connect local open edu- cation efforts to global ones.
Our goals for open education are:
Open Education is Socially Just
Open Education is a public good
Open Education is inclusive
Open Education is Accessible, Affordable, and Adaptable
Open Education is Collaborative, facilitated by community and stewards
Open Education is impactful.
OEGlobal sees these goals for open education coming together dynamically with the learner at the centre and the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
Last year the Hewlett Foundation renewed our core operating grant for 2021-2023. We also secured other grants. Not only did our yearly budget almost double in the last 3 years, it is also secured for a couple of years. This brings OE Global in a financial stable period and means we can focus on executing our strategy.
Earlier this year 3 employees decided (for various reasons) to leave the organisation. We managed to hire some great new staff members. Together with our Executive Director Paul Stacey I'm convinced that they will be able to further develop the organisation and execute our new strategy together with our board and our members.
It is always great to step down if you know that your successor will do an excellent job. In my last board meeting, the board elected Lena Patterson as president of the board. Lena has been a part of the eCampusOntario team since the organization opened shop in August 2015. She worked closely with the government to establish the consortium model in Ontario and now heads up a growing project team in her role as Senior Director, Programs and Stakeholder Relations. Lena focuses on cross-pollination, collaboration and the promotion of open education, access and innovation in online and technology-enabled teaching and learning across the province.
I have full confident that Lena will take OE Global to the next phase with the new strategic plan. I'm also happy that our two appointed board members, Catthy Casserly and Martin Dougiamas, will continue to serve on the board.
It is great time for Open Education Global and it even has a brighter future. I hope to see everone at the OE Global Conference online and hopefully in Nantes.
I continue to participate in the board as past-president. That is an non-voting position.
In November Open Education Global was planning to organise the OEGlobal2020 conference in Taiwan. After extensive consultations with the main Conference host, Taipei Medical University, as well as the Open Education Global Board of Directors, the decision was made to transition the OE Global 2020 Conference into a hybrid event which will include virtual and potentially some face-to-face events. We believe that this is the right decision for our community, as we all work to manage our way through this period of disruption and concern.
OE Global 2020 Conference will take place virtually through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. The 2020 conference theme, Connecting the Global Open Education Community, signifies even more to our community during this unprecedented time. Social connection avenues will be a strategic part of the conference to provide additional opportunities for participants to engage about the content of presentations and in networking/collaboration opportunities.
Every ranking is debatable, but if you are ranked #1 worldwide it does feel good!
Yesterday the MoocLab introduced the new World University Rankings by MOOC Performance (WURMP). This ranking evaluates universities on 5 performance indicators that measure an institution's performance across the number of MOOCs provided, the provision of learning pathways, micro-credentials, degrees and the institution's average world ranking.
The WURMP 2020 includes over 200 universities across the world that offer courses on the three leading MOOC platforms - Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. The WURMP are the first ever world university rankings based on MOOC provision.
The top 10 is dominated by US universities, but my own university Delft University of Technology is leading the top 10.
In January 2020 we are organising the second Erasmus Exchange Week from January 28 to 31 in the TU Delft Teaching Lab:
The Delft Teaching Academy invites both academic and administrative staff members from Higher Education Institutions to our Teaching Lab, the home of our teachers; a place where we bring educational activities together under one roof, accelerate initiatives and strengthen collaborations with peers. At TU Delft, we approach education like we approach research: experiment, learn and share findings.
In a four-day programme we’ll dive into a wide range of topics. From online and open education to teacher training and the best way to support our TU Delft teaching community. During our Erasmus+ Exchange Week, we aim to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise. We’ll share our vision on education and focus on the variety of available services and programmes to help teachers improve their education. We’ll give demonstrations of our spaces for experimentation, collaboration and exposure. And we are very much interested in your own institutes’ vision and practices!
Experiences of the first week
In 2019 we organised this week for the first time to streamline all the visit requests we receive. 12 people participated and all were enthousiast about what they learned in the week:
“The TU Delft Exchange Week offered me a unique chance to share best practices and processes with colleagues from TU Delft and around the world. It was truly inspiring!”
“The best thing about visiting at TU Delft was to gain insight into their explicit strategies and approaches for online and blended learning. Highly recommended”
For more information and registration, please check out this page.
Our university is facing growing number of students and are hiring more teachers. This also has a influence on the support staff, so I have been hiring quiet some new people and currently have two positions open:
You will be part of the Teaching & Learning Services team of about 30 persons. We support teachers in developing their courses and programmes, both online and face-2-face, we support teachers in using learning technology, we provide training to teachers, including the University Teaching Qualification and we participate in education innovation projects. We work closely with the Teaching Lab team that is responsible for the Teaching Academy programme.
There are also a couple of other job openings within the university that are related to Teaching & Learning: