Education Fellows

The Delft Education Fellowship recognises and appreciates the efforts of teachers for educational innovation and boosts the impact on educational reform and teacher development they impose. Teachers, Assistant professors, Associate professors and Full professors can become Education Fellow when they have made a visible, substantial and valuable contribution to the education of TU Delft. The Dean of each faculty will nominate potential Fellows. Each year, TU Delft appoints four new Education Fellows. Since 2016 sixteen Education Fellows have started their educational fellow project.

A Delft Education Fellow is appointed for a period of two years. They receive a two-year grant of €25,000 per year for educational purposes.

Procedure:
  • The nomination for the Teaching Fellow 2020 can be sent email to teachingacademy@tudelft.nl  before 15 September 2019.
    • Education Fellows are accountable for intended project results and should actively propagate them to the (Engineering) Education Community both inside and outside the university.
    • Education Fellows perform an ambassadorial role within the university. They could encourage other teachers to also be or get actively involved in educational innovation. To this end, Fellows will also be requested to organize a yearly event to present their results within the faculty / TU or beyond.
    • Teachers, Assistant professors, Associate professors and Full professors can become Education Fellow when they have made a visible, substantial and valuable contribution to the improvement of education at TU Delft.
  • The candidates are asked to pitch their proposal to the Assessment Committee.

The selected fellows for 2020 will be announced during the next Education Day on 7 November 2019.  

Assessment criteria Delft Educational Fellowship:

Nominated candidates are expected to have demonstrated:

  1. Structural quality of their education, demonstrated in evaluations, assessments and other educational information
  2. Their commitment to effective innovation in education
  3. The continuing development of their teaching knowledge and skills
  4. Cooperation with other teachers for the development / modernization of education
  5. Sharing their knowledge and experiences inside or outside the university, for example through presentations, publications, workshops or lunch seminars
The dossier:

The five criteria mentioned above should be accounted for in a dossier containing:

  1. An education CV of the candidate
  2. A description of the innovative project to be carried out by the candidate
  3. A nomination letter by the Dean of the Faculty the candidate is employed at

TU Delft Teachers of the Year can be nominated without a dossier: their status as Teacher of the Year allows them to propose an educational project without a prior assessment procedure.

The Assessment Committee:

The Assessment Committee consists of the Vice-Rector Magnificus/Vice President Education, Academic Director of the Teaching Academy, a Dean and a Director of Education. They will select maximum 4 proposals on the basis of the criteria and dossier mentioned above.

(A delegation of) the committee will have interview(s) with the four selected candidates individually, in which candidate’s proposal will be discussed in more detail and mutual questions can be answered. 

Contact

Toine Andernach

Current fellows:

Reinout Kleinhans

The aim of my fellowship is to improve our understanding of (the conditions for) effective approaches to strengthening community engagement. I want to develop educational activities that enable students to make a positive local impact through their research and design. Think in terms of developing a knowledge-based intervention or network in a locality (e.g. street, square, neighbourhood, shopping centre, or school area). Or informing urban policy and answering specific knowledge questions that grapple local practitioners who often lack time and other resources to do proper research. I want to achieve this by enabling students to conduct research and design which truly connects to and engages (members of) local communities. This will be done in the context of several bachelor and master courses, which will be further developed for this purpose.

Jeroen Pruijn

I will use my fellowship to further gamify and blend education. Currently only material-related practices, such as welding, bending and milling are part of the course. To provide the experience of actual shipbuilding practice, I would like to develop a virtual practice, using Virtual Reality (VR) together with the VR-Zone and virtual excursions together with the New Media Centre. In the second phase these models will also be used to create a sort of interactive 3D lecture notes for the course. The main aim is to improve the knowledge retained by and the motivation to study of the students by replacing the statement of facts by experiencing the facts yourselves.

Astrid van Laar

Although you can survive in the Netherlands perfectly well with English, some engineers notice that a good command of Dutch can also be very useful. If you want to be able to function within a Dutch-speaking technical-scientific context, then knowledge of general Dutch is not enough. For this reason, future bachelor students at TU Delft have been taking the course in Language of Science at ITAV for many years. But there are more people looking for a language course at this level. For example, when they start working in the Netherlands in companies where Dutch is the primary language used by colleagues and clients, or when they want to work as a much-needed teacher of mathematics or physics. My Education Fellowship will make it possible to renew the existing Language of Science course and make it available to a wider audience. We can refresh and revise the course material and redesign the existing course into an effective interactive online teaching format. 

Rolf Hut

At Delft University of Technology we have been ‘making engineers’ for over 175 years. Our engineers are known throughout the world for their resourcefulness and their can-do mentality. Training our engineers has always involved hands on activities. All engineers from Delft have gotten their hands dirty somewhere in their education. During the two year run as an Educational Fellow I will first identify what the common thread in all these practical assignments is, to distill "the Delft Approach to Maker Education (DAME)". I will disentangle what is the common core of making engineers from the discipline specific content. Using this, I will communicate this result with other teachers, both at Delft University of Technology and beyond, to help them with implementing the Delft Approach to Maker Education in their own courses.

Calvin Rans

My concept for the fellowship is to develop an open and immersive digital textbook that makes use of the latest technology for embedding video and interactivity within the epub format for a digital textbook. This includes embedded teaching videos, virtual experiments with VR capabilities (filming with 360 camera to allow student to control what they see), and interactive problems. The main aim of this project is to increase the engagement for learners outside of the classroom by providing a learning resource that encourages the student to explore and interact with central concepts within a course.

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Martijn Stellingwerff

What does education look like when our world will be 'painted with data'?During his two year fellowship, Martijn will make a number of Augmented Reality exhibitions. The exhibitions will showcase spatial education examples from all faculties. Martijn will invite colleagues to collaboratively prototype their future classes, laboratories and studios.

Chris Verhoeven

“Structured Electronic design for Engineers”.

Angeniet Kam

To support students in their academic writing tasks, Angeniet will develop online materials about scientific writing that will be accessible for the whole TU community. Past of this will be an information hub about bachelor and master thesis writing, where students from all faculties will be able to find the information they need about this large individual writing task. Furthermore, a new program for giving (peer) feedback, D-PAC, will be tested with students and lecturers. Finally, a writing centre will be started where students can talk with a writing coach.

Pasquale Cirillo

Pasquale is going to expand risk consciousness and management within TU Delft. Pasquale strongly believes that risk philosophy and modeling should be part of the background of all engineers, designers and scientists, that is of all our students. He plans to develop two related activities: “Risk Mind(s) - The Logic of Risk”, an online project on risk in engineering, the social sciences and life in general. And “The Risk Lab”, a series about risk perception and decisions under uncertainty, open to all the interested students and staff.

Kevin Cowan

Kevin's project aims at the thinking process at the core of the engineering sciences. His goal is to augment this thinking process with suitable computer tools, and to use them as a core driver for coursework. Kevin will create a virtual computing lab to make an immediate, symbiotic connection between theory, application, and implementation. Doing so will place curiosity and investigation at the center of engineering coursework while simultaneously strengthening a student’s understanding of fundamentals.

Pieter Bots

Four years ago, Pieter developed the “modelling estafette”: an innovative work form for students to develop quantitative modelling skills.  It combines stepwise project organisation, double-blind peer review and peer appraisal, and a set of “rules of the game” that provides strong incentives for producing quality deliverables while appraising fairly. Since peer appraisal is crucial for the estafette method, Pieter wants to gain better understanding of how students perceive a modelling estafette, and more specifically the peer review and appraisal process.

Anton Akhmerov

Anton has developed open source software for online grading of handwritten exams. The prototype software called Zesje saves a lot of time and allowed Anton and his course team to grade in parallel, while ensuring the consistency of the grading scheme. The use of Zesje improved the analysis of the student performance, transparency of the grading scheme, and makes it possible to provide detailed feedback to every student. The fellowship supports Anton to further develop his software program.

Merle de Kreuk

Merle will evaluate an existing course that’s using blended learning for over 3 years and a course that will start to use prof-ed material currently in development. The outcomes will help and stimulate other teachers to use already developed knowledge clips in class.

Bertus Beaumont

This Fellowship project aims to develop a biology course for students in non-biology programs and building a visual, interactive interface that allows users to experience the connections between TU-Delft disciplines in the hierarchy of natural processes.

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Frido Smulders

Finding the answer on how can you best assess the learning of student-entrepreneurs who set up and grow their own companies as part of their educational MSc programme without a clear theoretical framework. That is the quest of Frido’s two-year Education Fellowship. Frido develops educational modules that bring entrepreneurial practice at academic level into education.

Ivo Bouwmans

Classes can become more interactive and effective by flipping the tasks students do at home and during meetings. Ivo collects the experiences of teaching staff and students, and distributes the lessons learned in the form of an online guide and meetings.

Joris Melkert

Joris' idea: let students build actual airplanes. A unique experience that teaches them both the theory and practical reality of aerospace research and engineering.

Dick van Gameren

Dick's design studio focuses on the question of affordable housing in ever-increasing cities. He looks to develop a global and open online platform where teachers and students worldwide van debate, exchange and spread designs.

Bas Flipsen

Bas aims to break down barriers by mapping the effects of education methods & -concepts at TU Delft. This will result in Teaching Recipes: clear overviews of the best tools, together with simple instructions, pro's and cons and (time) investment costs for his fellow teachers.

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S.F.J.Flipsen@tudelft.nl

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