Education Day 2020

Expanding our Educational Horizons - Navigating in the Fog

5 November 2020

Once a year the Teaching Academy organises an Education Day for all TU Delft lecturers and support staff. The current circumstances and uncertainties didn't stop this tradition. As planned the Education Day took place on 5 November, via an online platform. 

We look back on a special and successful day, with over 180 participants, where we were able to connect online and share knowledge, new insights and inspiration. It was nice to see the involvement and initiatives of both lecturers and the educational support staff. Many beautiful educational initiatives have been shared during the sessions and the virtual expo.

We hope that you have found inspiration and that you stay connected to your Teaching Academy community. Of course, we would like to support you in this, please see below at the 'Stay connected' drop down. 

Did you miss the event or do you want to watch the broadcast again? Have a look at the recordings of this day. Do you have a good idea to keep on strengthening our Educational community? Let us know.

Lecturers in the Spotlight

Find out who are this year's Lecturers in the Spotlight here below:

New Education Fellows

  • Mauricio Aniche
  • Timon Idema
  • Sjoerd van Dommelen

Comenius grant winners

  • Bas Flipsen and Stefan Persaud
  • Petra Diesfeldt

SURF grant winners

  • Timon Idema and Michiel de Jong
  • Stefan Hugtenburg

Professor of Excellence

  • Bert van Wee

Year of the Lecturer

In this special year all lecturers have played a very important role in continuing our education. Thank you very much, especially on behalf of all our students. Watch the personal video message from the Student Council and the joint effort from all the Study Associations. 

Nomination for final 2020 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning (finals on 7 and 8 Dec), Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment:

  • Andy van den Dobbelsteen
  • Eric van den Ham
  • Siebe Broersma
  • Tess Blom

The social part of education.
Connecting with students and peers is very important, but how can we do that in an online environment? How do you maintain contact with your students and colleagues? How do you keep them motivated? How do you stay motivated?   

Well-being aspects of students and lecturers.
How did students experience this period? How do all the changes affect your well-being? How do you keep your balance? What can we do to support students in keeping theirs?  

Educational innovation.
What things can we take from the past year? What creativity has arisen? What challenges have been tackled? What innovative power has emerged? How will all this change education? Has it changed your way of looking at teaching? Has it changed the way students learn? 


12:45 – 13:00   Walk-in


13:00 – 13:10   Opening by Rob Mudde & Annoesjka Cabo


13:10 – 14:10    Keynote Documentary & Interactive Panel Discussion 

In the documentary, Rob Mudde, Annoesjka Cabo, Bertus Beaumont and Ton Baan (a re-imagine accelerator) share their thoughts and vision on expanding our educational horizons. Starting an open dialogue, re-imagining and embracing uncertainty forms the basis of this documentary. After the documentary, you can join the live panel discussion in which we discuss our educational horizons and navigate through the fog together!


14:10 - 14:30   Break & Virtual Expo

Have a coffee and take a look around at the Virtual Expo. This is a digital exposition where you can see your fellow lecturers’ work and the challenges they are currently facing or have resolved. You can also interact by offering your feedback on different statements and questions. The Virtual Expo is available throughout the event.


14:30 - 15:00   Lecturers in the Spotlight

Get to know this year’s Education Fellows, SURF and Comenius grant winners, and more lecturers in the spotlight. Hear about their projects and passion for education! 


15:00 - 15:30   Sessions Round 1

RoboValley talk show: A new approach in education | Martijn Wisse

Remote work is in my blood – A reflection on keeping first your students motivated and engaged through emergency online education | Calvin Rans & Julie Teuwen

Organising practical group work when students are unable to come together physically | Rolf Hut

The reflective engineer | Pleun Hermsen

How is your student doing (during remote studying)? | Sietske Sibie & Janne de Kan

Different ways to get your story across with media | Pim van Schöll 


15:30 - 15:45   Break & Virtual Expo

Have a coffee and take a look around at the Virtual Expo. This is a digital exposition where you can see your fellow lecturers’ work and the challenges they are currently facing or have resolved. You can also interact by offering your feedback on different statements and questions. The Virtual Expo is available throughout the event.


15:45 - 16:15   Sessions Round 2

Agile engineering education – Adapting teaching and learning to changing circumstances | Remon Rooij

Well-being and resilience | Rebecca Price & Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer

The design of a practicum in a virtual reality | Jeroen Pruyn

Education experiences from students | Job Vlak & Charlotte Eijkelkamp

Community engagement in design education: fata morgana or realistic scenario? | Reinout Kleinhans

How to connect better with your students in an online lecture? | Leonie Schroten & Linda Meester


16:15 - 16:30   Wrap-Up of the Day & Looking Forward


16:30 - 17:00   Virtual Expo

Would you like to have more time to visit the Virtual Expo? This is your chance! Feel free to take the opportunity to have a chat with other Education Day participants as well. It is a pleasure to have you!

Overview Sessions


15:00 - 15:30 Sessions Round 1 

Remote work is in my blood – A reflection on keeping first year students motivated and engaged through emergency online education | Calvin Rans & Julie Teuwen

The 2020 academic year started online. Not online in the sense of an ideal form of well-thought-out, designed, and tested online learning, but an emergency form of online education full of compromises, technological hiccups, and deviations from plans. It seems like the perfect storm for students to feel lost and alone, lecturers to become frustrated, and for everyone to reach the limits of their capabilities. It is almost enough to make you want to throw in the towel…almost. Instead, the course team for the aerospace bachelor course AE1130-I Statics modelled their teaching approach to a similarly difficult, lonely, and potentially dangerous situation – a mission to Mars. Students were briefed on their mission at the beginning of the course, needed to perform regular check-in and self-reflection/reporting exercises, and even experienced some major engineering blunders that threatened the success of their mission which they needed to solve using the concepts and skills they learned in the course, all while being constrained by the communication limitations of human space flight. In this workshop, Calvin and Julie will reflect upon their findings on student motivation and engagement through emergency online education with you.

Organising practical group work when students are unable to come together physically | Rolf Hut

A working method based on experience. In this session, Education Fellow Rolf Hut shares his experience in creating a way of work in which all students, in their own homes, work on a physical object whilst still working together as a group. Rolf used this way of working in two different courses where students pass if their ‘set-up’ works, and he is happy to share his step-by-step plan with you. In this plan, he not only takes the collaboration of students into account but also the reviewing-load of the lecturer. After the presentation, in which he shares his working method, there will be time to ask questions, share your own experiences and discuss further.

The reflective engineer | Pleun Hermsen

In a world where the only constant is that there is no constant, Pleun Hermsen believes that we need engineers that know when to stop and think and know how to do so. In other words: it is needed that they reflect. Does reflexivity come naturally, or should students be taught to reflect? What can lecturers gain with reflection? Pleun Hermsen will take some time with you and reflect on reflecting on education.

How is your student doing (during remote studying)? | Sietske Sibie & Janne de Kan

Being a lecturer, you may notice signs from students that they might be dealing with a personal issue, or you may find it difficult to stay in contact with students during remote studying. During this interactive workshop from TU Psychologists, Sietske and Janne will discuss how you can identify (possible) personal issues, how to address this adequately, and what you can do as a lecturer to support students during remote studying.

Different ways to tell story with media | Pim van Schöll

Over the last few months, new ways have emerged to tell, explain and interact with learners. This raised a new question: “What is the best (and most efficient) way to tell my story with newly available media options?” Together with Pim, you will dive into a few considerations he took to match a media solution to his story, and he invites you to discuss your experiences/practices with media and education.


15:45 - 16:15 Sessions Round 2 

RoboValley talk show: A new approach in education | Martijn Wisse 

During the pandemic, the distance between students and lecturers has increased tremendously. It is not possible to observe their engagement or have some insight as to why they postpone doing their work. Martijn Wisse believes that the role of the lecturer is to get students engaged and ignite their interest. Therefore, he transformed his lectures into a talk show setting (similar to “De Wereld Draait Door”). Students seem to like it so far, however, is that because they appreciate the effort or because they are actually engaged in the learning process? In this session, Martijn will explain his reasoning, his findings, and showcase his talk show setting with student interviews.

Well-being and resilience | Rebecca Price & Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer

The way education is shaped influences the way students feel. Education is required to be flexible and adjust the way lecturers teach to ensure that students do not get stuck, demotivated, stressed or burned out at any point (especially in a global pandemic). Rebecca and Mieke are developing strategies and interventions that promote wellbeing in education; focusing mainly on motivating and engaging graduating students. In this workshop, they will share their progress with you and look forward to a rich discussion on the topic of well-being and resilience in education.

The Design of a practicum in a virtual reality | Jeroen Pruyn

Do your students miss practical insights, or is their knowledge compartmentalized? Would you like to learn a new approach to solve this? Since the start of 2020, Education Fellow Jeroen Pruyn has been working with the VR Zone to develop a set of training exercises in VR to replace the first-year internship in industry. In this session, he will share the results and discuss further options.

Education experiences from students | Job Vlak & Charlotte Eijkelkamp

The Student Council investigated how students experienced the quality of education so far, and they measured student needs during the past weeks to answer the following question: what do students really need in their education during a pandemic? During this session, the Student Council will share their findings and initiate an open conversation with you.

Community engagement in design education: fata morgana or realistic scenario? | Reinout Kleinhans

Many design and engineering students create solutions that affect the living environment of people. To what extent can you meaningfully engage local communities in the process of research and design, in the context of education? In this session, Education Fellow Reinout Kleinhans explores both the fundamental tensions and the basic principles regarding university-community engagement.

How to connect better with your students in an online lecture? | Leonie Schroten & Linda Meester

Talking heads staring at their screens or slides. No eye contact, no gestures, hardly any natural interaction at all during online lectures. Have you noticed this behaviour amongst lecturers (maybe yourself included) and students? There is a way to have more natural interaction online. How? Leonie & Linda will explain it during this workshop.

Overview Virtual Expo


New generation 3ME engineers practice self-reflection | Linette Bossen

Technical, social, and personal skills are generally developed in courses, and recently 3ME students started practising self-reflection and writing a portfolio. Throughout this process, they are guided by pre-assigned mentors. Each mentor is responsible for guiding 10 to 12 students face to face. Discover what the positive side effects on students during the pandemic are when having mentor-and-mentor meetings.

StackOverflow in education: A cross-cohort gamified Q&A platform | Stefan Hugtenburg & Frank Mulder

Through a SURF grant for open and online education, Stefan and Frank are piloting the use of a gamified knowledge-sharing platform called StackOverflow. On this platform, students earn reputation by asking good questions and providing correct answers, incentivizing students to collaborate on the creation of a large cross-cohort knowledge base. Check out how could it help you in your Q&A sessions.

Free (online) workshops and courses for TU Delft lecturers | Danika Marquis

Whether you are teaching online or face-to-face: if you are designing a course, creating a video, looking for inspiration, planning assessment, or just trying to get Brightspace to work, Danika has a free training workshop for you. Have a look at how it could help you.

Study Climate: working towards student success | Stella van der Meulen, Ruth Kleczewski

The Study Climate Programme develops and sustains a climate in which students feel welcome, are supported in their development and can unlock their potential fully. See how it can contribute to your everyday interaction with students.

The TU Delft as a smart system to optimise student well-being | J. Derek Lomas, Willem van der Maden

With data gathered from community-led surveys and workshops, Derek and Willem aim to support components of well-being and enhance human flourishing actively. They will share their work and inform you about the current well-being of students. Join the discussion about their work and feel free to share your perspective.

Learn more about our e-health tool for students and PhD candidates | Janne de Kan

Gezondeboel is an online tool where students and PhD candidates can improve their mental well-being in a free, simple and anonymous way. Examples of programmes are Overactive and inattentive, Worrying, Sleep well, Coping with Stress. Check out to discover its benefits to your students and PhD candidates.

Teaching Apart Together | Abboy Verkuilen

There is so much overlap between the different courses at TU Delft. So why don’t we collaborate more to create a rich learning experience for students, where topic generic and domain-specific content goes hand in hand, where lecturers meet and learn from different approaches! Come together and teach apart!

Lively discussions online | Astrid van Laar

A language can be learned really well if you use it frequently. That is why Dutch classes with the Delftse Methode are devoted to having a conversation in Dutch. However, how do you get a dynamic online conversation started in which all your course members actively participate? Education Fellow Astrid van Laar will share her experiences from the past few months.

How to student 101? - A new way of creating contact with your students | Ericka Martin, Megan Segeren, Sybren Bootsma

Connecting with students can be difficult if the only form of communication with the students is through a screen. Calvin Rans and Julie Teuwen thought of ways to let the TA's for their course be more approachable and to show the freshman that their TA's are also just students. The result: a video newsletter series called "How to Student 101".

Online Teaching & Learning: lessons learned and long-term impact  I  Willem van Valkenburg

This session will explore the future of online teaching and learning post-COVID. The focus will be on how universities and academics made the rapid transition to online education in the first half of 2020, what they learned from that experience and how they have begun to forge new pathways in delivering education that will likely remain relevant in the post-pandemic era.

Improving scientific writing for students | Angeniet Kam

Supervising students who are writing a scientific text often takes much time and effort. To support lecturers in this, we developed materials and activities that you can refer your students to, so they can improve their writing: TU Write - Scientific writing, The Writing Centre and PhD writing coaching. In this demo, these materials and activities are explained in a little more detail and we'll show you where to find them.

Holograms in Education | Marcus Specht

Are you interested in enhancing your online classroom experience beyond what the traditional tools offer? What if we told you that you can use Holograms in your classrooms? Yes! The same holographic experience that sci-fi movies have touted for years is finally becoming a reality and you could be spearheading its adoption in TU Delft. To know more, join us in our virtual booth at the Education Day, 2020.

Guiding students to become engineers | Chris Verhoeven

As the TU Delft our role is to deliver Engineers to society. That means we have to equip our students with engineering skills. Education Fellow Chris Verhoeven is associate professor at EEMCS and is team leader at both the Robotics- and the Space Institute. Being very involved in interdisciplinary projects like Delphi-C3, JIP and NGR (Next Generation Robotics), and strongly believing in the value of these projects for our future Engineers, he is eager to hear your thoughts and ideas on this in this Virtual Expo!

PRIME | Ilse Bakker

The Programme of Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME) is all about redesigning mathematics courses for engineers. As such it is part of the Interfaculty Teaching from the department of Applied Mathematics (DIAM) at TU Delft. The aim of this innovation is to redesign the current math courses for non-math students to a blended learning cycle design intended to: improve study results, improve connection between mathematics and engineering, increase students active participation and motivation. Courses are designed following the PRIME-cycle: prepare, participate, practice.

Stay connected & keep up to date

Make use of the knowledge and experience within our Teaching Community. Below you find some of the many possibilities our community offers to stay connected and keep up to date.

  • join online workshops and webinars and education conversations
  • develop your knowledge on blended learning
  • take part in, set up or create a new Special Interest Group
  • reading up on the news in our special newsletter for lecturers The Educator
  • make use of the educational support you can call upon at faculties and centrally, such as the learning developers and the Brightspace support team