Annoesjka Cabo new academic director Teaching Academy
Annoesjka Cabo has been appointed academic director of the Teaching Academy. She succeeds Bas Flipsen, who temporarily took over from Rob Mudde in September.
Annoesjka Cabo has been working as a mathematics teacher at TU Delft since 2012. With a PhD in mathematics, she taught subjects like calculus, linear algebra, and – her specialism – probability theory and statistic. She has been Director of Interfaculty Education since 2016. Annoesjka Cabo has also recently been appointed Associate Professor, in line with TU Delft’s policy to offer more opportunities for career paths with an emphasis on education. “As a teacher, Annoesjka Cabo teaches mathematics to students from many programmes. As a director of interfaculty education, she manages a large team of teachers across the campus and is thus aware of the educational needs within the faculties and departments”, says Rob Mudde, Vice President of Education at the Executive Board.
In recent years, she has coordinated PRIME, the PRogramme Innovation Mathematics Education. This project has been set up to actively involve students in their maths education and to bring that education into the context of their programme of study. "With PRIME, Annoesjka Cabo has realised a university-wide educational innovation project in which we have made a step change towards 'blended' education. That is a development that plays a role in our campus education, as well as in open education – something she also takes into account in PRIME. She is someone who really has an eye for innovation and knows how to enthuse others as well. In addition, Annoesjka is currently project leader for Digital Skills, a TU-wide effort to get all students to a good level of programming skills”, says Mudde. This does not go unnoticed outside TU Delft either: she is regularly asked to speak at national and international educational events, and was recently invited to do so at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (US).
The Delft Teaching Academy, founded in 2017, is the community for all teachers at TU Delft, with the Teaching Lab as its physical location and a ‘home base’ for teachers. The Academy supports teachers in setting up new initiatives for educational development in collaboration with their colleagues. The continued development of the qualities of our teachers is also on the agenda. “All this is based on the principle that at TU Delft we approach education just like research: we experiment and share our findings, and continue to build on them”, says Rob Mudde, who was the first scientific director of the Teaching Academy in 2017. After his appointment to the Executive Board, Bas Flipsen temporarily took over. Mudde: “I’d like to thank Bas Flipsen for his dedication and efforts over the past months. I am convinced that we have found a worthy successor to Bas Flipsen in Annoesjka Cabo, and that she will make the Teaching Academy a vibrant community that will set many more educational developments in motion.”