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Posted in January 2010

Renewed OCW website available


The last couple of months the renewal of the OpenCourseWare website took a lot of effort, paving the way towards more interaction options and community building in the field of OpenCourseWare. Also the ease of use is improved for lecturers. As of now, you can see the results of this First phase at http://ocw.tudelft.nl.


The new OCW website offers some new functions


The new TU Delft Corporate Identity offers new possibilities for structuring courses. The renewed OpenCourseWare website is shaped in the new TU Delft Corportate identity. Also Bureau OpenER can copy courses onto the OpenCourseWare website as they have been set up in Blackboard. Finally metadating on course level in stead of document level allows the structure of courses to depart from having to list all documents and links in automatic chronological order. Thanks to these renewals it is now possible to better structure courses published on the OpenCourseWare website.


Expansion of Educational materials towards new audiences


Besides the functional renewals the OpenCourseWare also offers educational materials for new audiences, such as Bachelor students and Secondary Education students. The OpenCourseWare educational materials offer has been expanded towards  Secondary Education. Besides regular Bachelor Courses, NLT modules, Secondary Educational Cases and TU Delft Flash Lectures are offered too now. You can find these educational Materials at http://vwo-lesmateriaal.tudelft.nl (all in Dutch).

The Secondary Education portal also offers room for introduction courses. These introduction courses will offer a nice overview of the kind of education new students can expect when they sign for a TU Delft study. 


Education Materials for Bachelor students 

The OpenCourseWare website will also be filled up with regular educational materials at Bachelors level. These kinds of educational materials can fulfill the same goal for Secondary Education students, but can also offer regular Bachelor students better insight in making their choices for minors for example.


The renewal of the OpenCourseWare website means finishing up a first phase, paving the way towards more community building. But to get there, there are a number of options to improve the OpenCourseWare website and to involve lifelon learners as well as our own students more with OpenCourseWare.



EVD Grant for development educational programme on Water Supply and Sanitation in Indonesia

The faculty of Civil Engineering obtained a grant from the EVD to develop an educational programme on Water Supply and Sanitation in Indonesia making use of OpenCourseWare. The project is carried out in collaboration with Stichting Wateropleidingen and ITB Bandung, Indonesia and aims at accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Water Goals by capacity building in the field of education and research on drinking water production/distribution and waste water collection/treatment through open, practice oriented education and applied research on appropriate water technologies. The project builds on experiences of Delft University of Technology and Stichting Wateropleidingen with educational and research concepts (training the trainer in both technical knowledge and didactical skills, Open CourseWare practice orientedness of trainings, active learning, modelling and cooperative applied research) and aims to make these experiences available in education and research in the Indonesian setting.

NWO WOTRO grant awarded to TU Delft/Dhaka University initiative

Subsurface Arsenic Removal for rural drinking water supply in Bangladesh.

NWO WOTRO has awarded a grant to an initiative by TU Delft/Dhaka University to solve the problem of arsenic contamination of Bangladesh groundwater with a social-technological framework to study an innovative technology: Subsurface Arsenic Removal. WOTRO is the science division within NWO which supports scientific research on development issues, in particular poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The awarded grant is for an Integrated Programme between Bangladesh and the Netherlands, involving, Dhaka University, Wageningen Unversity, UNESCO-IHE, VU University Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology. Key stakeholders in Bangladesh are the Department of Public Health Engineering (government), UNICEF and WaterAid.

The objective of the five-year-project is to assess the acceptability, social-technological feasibility, and sustainability of Subsurface Arsenic Removal in the diverse settings of rural Bangladesh.

Arsenic contamination of shallow tube well drinking water in Bangladesh is an urgent developmental and health problem, disproportionately affecting the rural poor, i.e. those most reliant on this source of drinking water. The research study explicitly takes on the challenge to assess social-technical feasibility of an arsenic mitigation option in geo-hydrologically and socially diverse conditions of rural Bangladesh, in close collaboration with a parallel acceptability and implementation assessment.

Subsurface Arsenic Removal (SAR) relies on existing infrastructure of a shallow hand-pump based tube-well and retains arsenic in the subsurface. As such, it has crucial advantages over other household/community arsenic removal filters (no costly filter media, tube well is 1st preferred drinking water option, (minimum) additional hardware widely available, additional removal of iron, and potential for post-deployment monitoring of water quality).

Although there has been extensive practical experience with subsurface iron and manganese removal in Europe, the application for subsurface arsenic removal is novel. For the wide dissemination of SAR in Bangladesh it is essential to fully understand the geochemical and microbial processes of iron and arsenic (im)mobilization under shifting redox conditions in the natural multi-component subsurface environment; and to understand how compatible SAR is with local belief systems and practices relating to health and water use; and local modes of risk governance.
The awarded research proposal is the result of two workshops, in Dhaka and Delft, where all partners formulated four interrelated PhD sub-projects for this multi-disciplinary project: Social Science/Environmental Policy, Drinking Water Engineering, Geohydrology, and Microbiology. The PhD students will get started in the spring of 2010 and early research findings will be closely followed by the key stakeholders for potential dissemination in the field.
NWO WOTRO SAR workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh , 8-10 August 2009
NWO WOTRO SAR workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh , 8-10 August 2009
 NWO WOTRO SAR workshop in Delft, 27-28 August 2009
NWO WOTRO SAR workshop in Delft, 27-28 August 2009 
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