Project update: a lot is going on!

A lot of project work in going on this summer. High time to summarize the status of our main results

1.Online courses for becoming a chartered engineer

TU Delft has partnered with KIVI to offer a range of online courses for engineers who want to meet the formal education requirements required to both obtain and maintain the Chartered Engineer  qualification licensed by KIVI.

Chartered Engineer is an internationally recognized engineering qualification. Engineers can distinguish themselves with an independent professional qualification that represents the highest competence and commitment standards of their profession.

At this stage we can announce the following courses for the year 2016-2017 (including start date and KIVI’s competence for chartered engineers):

2. Joint platform for minors Responsible Education, International Development and Entrepreneurship, Companies and Innovation as well as the course Sustainable Development

We will also develop a joint platform for the minors Responsible EducationInternational Development and EntrepreneurshipCompanies and Innovation as well as the course Sustainable Development offered by  Delft University of Technology in 2016/17.These minors have in common that they focus on core values such as safety, sustainability and  inclusiveness and that students work on concrete case studies throughout the course. Students are obliged have to publish their findings for the broader public after a peer review process. The platform provides all the functionalities (workspaces) for joint project works and the peer review process.
The website is still under development but will be up and running before September 1, 2016.  At this website you will find:

  • A lot of interesting Open Educational resources (OER) which mainly comes from our MOOCs which we also use as  background materials for our students. Much more is coming up!
  • Final publications (peer reviewed) and blogs from student’s on their research (we already published a selection form last year)
  • Ways to contact us for possible research assignments by students

3. (Didactical) Experiments within MOOC RI

  • We had a very successful re-use of the MOOC RI in our minor RI (‘ MOOC for blended education’ ). See below
  • MOOC RI will be part of a bigger experiment from the TU Delft titled’ Credit for MOOCs’.
    Currently TU Delft aims at setting up an alliance with several international partners, like the University of Queensland, the University of British Columbia, EPFL, Rice University and Australian National University. Their shared ambition is to recognize and integrate MOOCs in (formal) campus education. This would mean that in the future any student registered at one of the partner universities can take any MOOC offered by these universities and be awarded formal Credits for it. For the MOOC RI we have expressed our interest to participate in this pilot which be launched end of 2016. In the meantime, a lot of practical issues – like proctored exams, re-sits  and obtaining formal recognition by the examination boards-  have to be resolved.
  • We tested the impact of students seeing their progress compared with other students.
  • We developed an e-book (text) on the basis of the MOOC RI. Our aim is this this becomes part of the Open Textbook experiment of the TU Delft.

4.  Repository in Blackboard

We have created a dummy course (repository) in Blackboard with all the materials which can be re-used on campus. To the extent possible, we will also publish tense as Open Educational Resources.

5.  Internationalization

So far we attended 3 conferences on RI related EU-projects (Leuven, Brussels and Dublin). From  these conferences it becomes clear that the way we develop and publish OER in the field of RI is still unique.

As part of two EU-funded project we will develop new MOOCs with a focus on RI and Corporate Social responsibility and ICT and Ethics. September 2016 is the kick-off meeting for both projects (details below). To give you an idea about what  to expect:

In October we will  present our results during the EADTU-conference in Rome (including open access article).

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