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Posted in 2010

TU Delft OpenCourseWare ranked as 2nd best Technology OpenCourseWare and 3rd best overall OpenCourseWare outside the US

The global OpenCourseWare movement counts over 150 institutions connected to the OpenCourseWare Consortium. DegreeDirectory.org regularly publishes several OpenCourseWare school rankings. TU Delft OpenCourseWare ranks high, where competition is fierce on a global scale.

TU Delft OpenCourseWare 2nd in Global University Rankings for Technology OpenCourseWare
In the global rankings specifically aimed at Technology, TU Delft OpenCourseWare is ranked 2nd, only preceeded by MIT OpenCourseWare. TU Delft OpenCourseWare is praised for being "fantastic for advanced technology students". Courses such as ‘Digital Signal Processing‘, ‘Advanced Device Physics‘ and ‘Methods and Algorithms for System Design‘ are highlighted!


TU Delft OpenCourseWare 3rd university outside the United States in top 25 Colleges and Universities ranked by their OpenCourseWare
In the top 25 Colleges and Universities, no distinction is made in particular subjects. TU Delft OpenCourseWare is however ranked as 3rd best OpenCourseWare Institution outside the United States and as 20th all over. Especially Watermanagement, Microelectronics and Offshore Engineering Master programmes are highlighted.

New course added: Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

TU Delft OpenCourseWare published a new course in the field of Sustainable processes and Energy Technologies, called Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics.

About Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics:

The course describes in a simple and practical way what non-equilibrium thermodynamics is and how it can contribute to engineering fields. It explains how to derive proper equations of transport from the second law of thermodynamics or the entropy production. The obtained equations are frequently more precise than used so far, and can be used to understand the waste of energy resources in central process units in the industry. The entropy balance is used to define the energy efficiency in energy conversion and create consistent thermodynamic models. It also provides a systematic method for minimizing energy losses that are connected with transport of heat, mass, charge and momentum. The entropy balance examines operation at the state of minimum entropy production and is used to propose some rules of design for energy efficient operation.

For this course some knowledge of engineering thermodynamics is a prerequisite. The first and second law of thermodynamics and terms as entropy should be known before starting this course.

A little information about the mastertrack of Sustainable processes and Energy Technologies:

Sustainable process and energy engineering is one of the most important engineering developments in the 21st century. But what precisely do we mean by it?

Industrial processes and energy systems are sustainable if they promote development that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own demands’. But achieving sustainability in the industrial realm will not be easy and can only be accomplished by overcoming formidable technical challenges.

Industrial sustainability
Sustainable industrial production is only possible if processes can be developed that use energy and resources more efficiently and drastically reduce waste streams – or even reuse waste as new primary material resources. We need to get more while using less; that requires the re-invention of many industrial processes.

What you will learn
In this track, students acquire the theoretical knowledge, the numerical and experimental skills, and practical hands-on experience they will need to work on conventional processes and energy systems and to develop next‑generation energy and process technologies.

New Course added: Empirical Research Methods

TU Delft OpenCourseWare published a new course in Media and Knowledge Engineering, called Empirical Research Methods.

"In this course you will achieve understanding of empirical research methods and obtain practical experience with quantitative data analysis methods.

In providing the opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate understanding, knowledge and competence, the learning outcomes for the module are that students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and begin to utilise appropriate strategies for carrying out empirical research for answering research questions
  2. Appreciate how empirical research is conducted and findings can be evaluated
  3. Understand key principles underlying statistical data analysis
  4. Develop and apply appropriate research strategy and measure instruments
  5. Successfully use statistical software tools to analyse data 

The main topics of study considered in light of the above learning outcomes are:

  • Research philosophy (e.g. positivism, empiricism, naturalism)
  • Formulating empirical research questions and conceptual research models
  • Causality effects and relationships
  • Validity and Reliability
  • Scales of measurement (e.g. nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio)
  • Sampling methods (e.g. experiment, survey, observations) and measure instruments (e.g. Likert scales, semantic differential, event versus time sampling)
  • Experimental design (e.g. within and between-subjects, factorial design, counter-balancing, Latin square)
  • Biases in empirical research approaches (e.g. confounding variables, statistical power)
  • Data preparation (e.g. standardization of data, reliability analysis, Inter-rater reliability)
  • Hypothesis testing, t-test, (M)ANOVA, correlation, regression analysis
  • Non-parametric approaches to data analysis


Surf Onderwijsdagen

Op dinsdag 9 en woensdag 10 november hebben de SURF Onderwijsdagen plaatsgevonden. Op beide dagen heeft het TU Delft OpenER team presentaties verzorgd over TU Delft OpenCourseWare.

"Wat kan OpenCourseWare u opleveren?!"
Op dinsdag 9 november hebben Sofia Dopper (projectleider OpenCourseWare Tu Delft) en Martijn Ouwehand (TU Delft Bureau OpenER) gepresenteerd wat OpenCourseWare docenten kan opleveren, gesteund door praktijkervaringen van onze eigen docenten. 

"Open leermiddelen: Waarom geeft een universiteit onderwijsmateriaal weg?"
Op woensdag 10 november heeft Anka Mulder (Directeur Onderwijs & Studentenzaken) gepresenteerd wat OpenCourseWare de TU Delft als instelling heeft opgeleverd – en wat voor andere instellingen dus ook motieven kunnen zijn om onderwijsmateriaal als OpenCourseWare en andere open leermiddelen te publiceren.

In beide presentaties werd enthousiast gereageerd door het aanwezige publiek. We hoepn dan ook  dat andere instellingen snel zullen volgen met de publicatie van open leermiddelen!

Call for Papers for OCW Consortium Global Conference 2011

The OpenCourseWare Consortium invites session proposals for its 2011 global conference, Celebrating 10 Years of OpenCourseWare. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of universities and organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare and its impact on global education. The OpenCourseWare movement has grown significantly over the last decade; today there are 13,000 courses published by 150 universities.

We encourage submissions for sessions that highlight the impact of OpenCourseWare, summarize research, showcase best practices, discuss issues facing the community, and encourage thinking about the future of “open” learning. In keeping with the theme of the conference, we particularly welcome proposals that integrate accounts of OpenCourseWare’s evolution with next steps for the movement.

More information about the conference and the call for papers can be found at conference.ocwconsortium.org.

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Master Event 2010 (29 november) – Check out Master Courses in advance!

Monday 29 November the TU Delft Master Eent 2010 will take place. The TU Delft Master programmes will present themselves to future Master students. A number of Masters in the programme presentations have published their courses as OpenCourseWare as well. Check them out to already get an idea of what you can expect when you enroll to a TU Delft Masters Course! 

"TU Delft offers over 35 Master’s programmes at the highest level. A Master’s degree from TU Delft will considerably improve your prospects on the (international) job market.

Are you planning to start on one of TU Delft’s Master’s programmes in the next academic year, and would you like to know more about the opportunities available?  Then come to the Master Event, the Master’s information day on Monday 29 November 2010.

At the Master Event, future Master’s students can attend programme presentations, and academic counsellors, Master’s students and Master’s programme coordinators will be at hand at the information market to answer all your questions on your chosen Master’s programme. This is the ideal opportunity to explore the range of programmes provided at TU Delft.



new course added: Delftse Leerlijn Scheikunde module 2 Ecobrandstoffen


Dit is de tweede module van de Delftse Leerlijn Scheikunde voor vwo 4/5/6

Module 1: Ecoreizen is enkele weken eerder gepubliceerd.

De Delftse Leerlijn vwo nieuwe Scheikunde is een samenwerkingsverband tussen de TU Delft en de VNCI (Vereniging voor de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie).

Module 2: Ecobrandstoffen:

 Context van deze module
Zoektocht naar hernieuwbare brandstoffen
  *     Hoe maak je van plantenafval een biobrandstof?
  *     Wat tanken wij in 2020?

 *      Kringlopen, alkanen, alkenen, cycloalkanen, alkanolen, koolhydraten, structuurisomeren, biobrandstoffen, DNA, genetische modificatie en fermentatie.

 *       Zoekopdrachten en bronnen bestuderen.
 *       Bio-ethanol maken met het Delftse reizende DNA-lab ‘Racen met wc-papier’
 *       Contextvragen beantwoorden.

New Course added: Policy and Decision Models

A new course has been published: Policy and Decision Models (by Dr. Ir. Scott Cunningham) is the second course in the Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA) program of the faculty of TPM. A short desciption:

The course is a survey of models for analyzing and supporting design and decision-making in multi-actor settings. Participants:

  • Will learn to recognize the difference between games and decisions, and will identify their occurrence in public policy.
  • Will be able to apply a principled technique for resolving dilemmas through the appropriate selection of policies.
  • Will learn to formulate, design and communicate games and decisions.
  • Will learn to implement by computer (and otherwise logically analyze) games and decisions.


TU Delft OpenCourseWare and Collegerama on IGIP-SEFI 2010, Trnava (Slovakia)

Last week the IGIP-SEFI annual was held in Trnava (Slovakia). IGIP and SEFI are the two major international societies for engineering education. TU Delft is member of SEFI. At last year’s conference in Rotterdam (Netherlands) TU Delft presented its OpenCourseWare program (http://vimeo.com/5458064).

TU Delft was represented by presentations of:

  • Ellen Sjoer (TPM, Technology, Strategy & Entrepreneurship)
  • Eric de Graaff TPM, Technology, Strategy & Entrepreneurship)
  • Peter de Moel (CE, Watermanagement).

The presentation of Peter de Moel was focused on recorded lectures as used in TU Delft OpenCourseWare:

After the presentation he was invited by a Danish university for a two day visit next November for a presentation and discussions with part of their teaching staff.

The conference was held at the Faculty of Material Science and Technology which is located next to the soccer stadium of Spartak Trnava. In 1969 Ajax Amsterdam escaped here from an overall defeat, reaching the final of the European Champion Cup (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa1dv3RhuPo).

Open Sessie SURF Onderwijsdagen: We kunnen aan de slag!

SURF Onderwijsdagen

Gisteren is de uitslag van de publieke stemming op ingezonden Open Sessies voor de SURF Onderwijsdagen bekend gemaakt. 855 stemmers hebben 1424 stemmen uitgebracht op de in totaal 50 voorstellen die door de voroselectie heen zijn gekomen.

Ons voorstel "Wat kan OpenCourseWare u opleveren?!" heeft voldoende stemmen opgeleverd om een plekje te veroveren in het definitieve programma van de SURF Onderwijsdagen! We kunnen dus aan de slag!
De sessie staat gepland voor:

Dinsdag 9 november 2010 van 11:30 tot 12:15 uur!

Veel dank aan iedereen die op ons gestemd heeft! En kom dat zien, dinsdag 9 november! En vergeet natuurlijk ook de andere interessante voorstellen niet!

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