Research on education innovation

Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft scores outstandingly in the international rankings. The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment conducts a lot of state-of the-art scientific research in the field of the built environment. It also produces hundreds of graduate architectural engineers in a wide range of subdisciplines every year. The issues faced by specialists in architecture and the built environment are becoming increasingly complex. Digitisation, circularity, open data, a globalising economy and whirlwind developments in technology, demographics, the environment, mobility and urbanisation all confront the sector with new challenges.

For these reasons, there is an increasing need for existing curricula to be continually updated in terms of content, teaching methods and organisation: we need agile education. Besides this, the Covid period has accelerated the introduction of all kinds of digital technologies in education. Remote, online, blended and hybrid teaching have become commonplace and are technologies that are set to stay. All of these challenges call for innovative working methods in education. In other words, educational innovation and education research are essential! More specifically, there is a need for research that combines the built environment perspective and the pedagogical perspective.

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is conducting research into its teaching and its educational innovations. The approach adopted involves academic reflection on the curriculum and didactic methods, based on educational research, interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty specialists and specialists in teaching and learning, data collection and the sharing of knowledge and experiences with other study programmes in engineering and architecture.

TU Delft now provides excellent opportunities for academic careers focusing on teaching, educational leadership and research into education: the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has taken up the gauntlet. The educational innovation research team invites lecturers and researchers in the faculty to share their knowledge, experience and ideas about educational innovations for the degree programmes.

Themes

The educational innovation research programme will develop knowledge on five key themes:

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