TU Delft Education Day shines the spotlights on inspirational education

15 December 2016 by Webredactie-mc

During its Education Day on 14 December, TU Delft took the opportunity to place its most inspirational teachers in the limelight. In presentations and workshops, participants were brought up to date on educational renewal. Education Day also saw the launch of the Learning Lab: a test bed that gives lecturers the opportunity to experiment with various forms of education, while also receiving any necessary training and support.

Best Lecturer

Judith Bosboom (CEG) was presented with the award for Best Lecturer 2016. Every year, the student associations put forward their choices for the best lecturer from their degree programme and faculty. From these eight lecturers, a jury subsequently selects TU Delft’s Best Lecturer of the year.

Judith Bosboom teaches Coastal Dynamics 1, an important subject but one that students find particularly complex and challenging, writes the jury. Despite the demanding subject matter, she is still able to successfully help more than 75% of her students through the course, achieving excellent results. To a large part, this is down to her constant drive to innovate and improve, using various teaching methods to reach her students.

The jury is extremely impressed by Judith’s intelligent innovation process and the range of methods she uses to present the course material to her students. The jury noted that her focus on her students combined with her contributions to various educational projects within the faculty make her a deserving winner of the Best Lecturer 2016 award.

Read more about Judith's approach to education in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences’ Stories of Science series.

Watch the film featuring all of the nominees.

Innovative Teaching Talent Award

The Innovative Teaching Talent Award, a new prize for young lecturers, has been awarded to Felienne Hermans. The prize represents recognition from TU Delft for lecturers who stand out due to the quality of their innovative teaching approach, the results it achieves and how they communicate their ideas.

The jury concludes that Felienne’s life appears to revolve around learning and passing on her expertise. Not only to her students at TU Delft, but worldwide. In addition to her educative role on campus, she is responsible for no less than four MOOCs (free online courses): Scratch, a MOOC for children aged 8 and above, and three MOOCs addressing data analysis.

The jury praises Felienne’s integrated approach to education and her use of contemporary resources. She has numerous means of successfully kindling her students’ enthusiasm, including online lectures. Her students follow the Excel video lectures at home and complete assignments. Back on campus, they meet in tutorials to discuss questions and complete more assignments. The traditional process is reversed, it is a flipped classroom. Felienne is one of the pioneers in the field at TU Delft. At the end of the course, students are required to record their own video about what they have learned and post it online. This allows the expertise to be spread even further. In turn, her students’ online data provides Felienne with a wealth of information, which she uses to further improve her courses and as input for her research into spreadsheets.

Delft Education Fellowship

An Education Fellowship was awarded to three lecturers: Bertus Beaumont (Applied Sciences), Ivo Bouwmans (Technology, Policy and Management) and Frido Smulders (Industrial Design Engineering). All three have an impressive track record in innovative education. The Fellowship includes a two-year scholarship of €25,000 a year for a professor or (senior) university lecturer to complete an educational project. The Fellows are required to share their knowledge and experience as ‘educational ambassadors’.

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