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Posted in September 2010

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!

New Course added: Geomatics: Acoustic Remote Sensing and Sea Floor Mapping

TU Delft OpenCourseWare just published a new course, called: Acoustic Remote Sensing and Sea Floor Mapping, part of the Geomatics Master.

The two-year Master of Science programme Geomatics started in September 2005 and is jointly operated by three faculties: Aerospace EngineeringCivil Engineering and Geosciences, Technology, Policy and Management.

"The course treats the following topics: – Relevant physical oceanography – Elements of marine geology (seafloor topography, acoustical properties of sediments and rocks) – Underwater sound propagation (ray acoustics, ocean noise) – Interaction of sound with the seafloor (reflection, scattering) – Principles of sonar (beamforming) – Underwater acoustic mapping systems (single beam echo sounding, multi-beam echo sounding, sidescan sonar) – Data analysis (refraction corrections, digital terrain modelling) – Applications (hydrographic survey planning and navigation, coastal engineering) – Current and future developments."

New Course added: Delftse Leerlijn Scheikunde: Ecoreizen

De eerste module ‘Ecoreisen‘ van de Delftse Leerlijn Scheikunde is gepubliceerd op de OpenCourseWare website (ook te vinden via: http://vwo-lesmateriaal.tudelft.nl. Het ontwerpen van de Delftse Leerlijn is een samenwerkingsverband tussen de TU Delft en de VNCI (Vereniging voor de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie).

"Uitgangspunten
Leerlingen zullen aan de hand van maatschappelijk-, chemische- en technologische vraagstukken concepten leren om die vraagstelling te beantwoorden. Er wordt ingestoken op materialen, duurzaamheid, technologie en chemische industrie.

Didactiek
Er wordt veel aandacht besteed aan de volgende leeractiviteiten:

  • Kennen: Leren gericht op onthouden
  • Begrijpen: Leren gericht op met eigen woorden samenhang weergeven tussen de concepten
  • Integreren: Leren gericht op inpaasen van nieuw verworven kennis in bestaande kennis
  • Creatief toepassen: Leren gericht op creatief en wendbaar gebruik."

Binnenkort zullen meerdere modules binnen de Delftse Leerlijn Scheikunde worden gepubliceerd. Houd de OpenCourseWare website daarom in de gaten.

OpenCourseWare in NRC Handelsblad (Dutch Newspaper)

More and more universities worldwide (and in the Netherlands) publish their educational materials online, for free. TU Delft and the Open University NL have been doing this for a few years now, and Groningen and Leiden are getting there. Goal: to reach students!

The Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad published an article about the developments of OpenCourseWare, noticing that more and more institutions underline the importance of open publication of educational materials and that this open movement forces institutions to seriously consider joining the OpenCourseWare initiative. Obviously, TU Delft can only encourage other institutions to join us in open publication op educational materials!

STEM op “Wat kan OpenCourseWare u opleveren?!” voor De Onderwijsdagen 2010

SURF OWD 20109 en 10 november 2010 vinden De Onderwijsdagen weer plaats. Hiervoor heeft de organisatie de oproep gedaan om zelf ideeen of praktijktoepassingen te presenteren in een open sessie. Namens TU Delft OpenCourseWare heb ook ik een voorstel ingediend, welke net als 49 andere voorstellen door de voorselectie heen is gekomen:

STEM op: "Wat kan OpenCourseWare u opleveren?!"

" Wat kan OpenCourseWare u opleveren?!
Bent u benieuwd naar mogelijkheden om het bereik van uw onderwijs te vergroten? In 2007 is de TU Delft gestart met OpenCourseWare, de publicatie van gratis, vrij toegankelijk onderwijsmateriaal via het Internet (http://ocw.tudelft.nl). OpenCourseWare biedt diverse kansen voor kwaliteitsvergroting, marketing en valorisatie van onderwijs. Met u willen wij deze mogelijkheden verkennen, op basis van diverse aansprekende praktijkervaringen van TU Delft docenten."

Sofia Dopper (projectleider OpenCourseWare TU Delft) en ik (Onderwijskundig adviseur en medewerker Bureau OpenER Tu Delft) zullen de sessie leiden.

Inmiddels hebben we binnen de TU Delft als een van de weinige Hoger Onderwijsinstellingen in Nederland al ruime ervaring met OpenCourseWare. We willen die ervaring graag delen. Maar dan moet er wel voldoende op ons voorstel gestemd worden om uit de totale voorselectie van 50 voorstellen een plekje te veroveren op De Onderwijsdagen 2010! Dus aarzel niet langer en STEM tussen 6 en 19 september op ons voorstel!

Hoe kan ik stemmen?
Stemmen kan, door op de website van de SURF Onderwijsdagen uw stemronde te starten. Vervolgens kiest u als thema: Leren in 2011 en als doelgroep HBO/WO. Ons voorstel is dan als 19e in de lijst te vinden.

"Wat kan OpenCourseWare u opleveren?!
Door: Drs. S.M. (Sofia) Dopper, Onderwijskundig adviseur/projectleider OpenCourseWare TU Delft
Doelgroep: HBO/WO
"

Maar vergeet ook de overige voorstellen niet. U mag 3 stemmen uitbrengen. Alvast bedankt!

Recorded TU Delft lectures on Videolectures.net

Earlier this year, Videolectures.net published recorded lectures of "Inleiding Watermanagement", "Sanitary Engineering" and "Solar Cells". You can find these lectures at http://videolectures.net/tudelft_ocw/. Videolectures.net also offers recorded lectures from various other institutions, organised in the OpenCourseWare Consortium.

"VideoLectures.NET is a free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science. The portal is aimed at promoting science, exchanging ideas and fostering knowledge sharing by providing high quality didactic contents not only to the scientific community but also to the general public. All lectures, accompanying documents, information and links are systematically selected and classified through the editorial process taking into account also users’ comments."




VideoLectures Promo

Two new courses published

Two new courses have been published, being a Media and Knowledge Engineering Masters course called "Educational Software" and the TPM elective "Agent Based Modeling of Complex Adaptive Systems (Basic)".

Course Description of Educational Software:
http://ocw.tudelft.nl/courses/media-and-knowledge-engineering/educational-software/course-home/
Educational SoftwareThe main aims of the module are to achieve an understanding and practical experience of key principles, methods and theories in the area of educational software. The module provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

  1. Obtain understanding of major learning principles, theories, and approaches
  2. Identify key factors of successful educational software design and deployment
  3. Apply theories, principles, and approached into an appropriate design of educational software system
  4. Establish an appreciation of state-of-art developments in the area of educational software design.

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

  • Educational Principles
  • Design of educational software such as electronic instruction manuals, serious gaming, VR training, drills, and tutor agents and tutorials
  • Educational software for specific learners such as children, elderly, mentally or physically challenged individuals
  • Evaluation of education software"

Course Description of Agent Based Modeling of Complex Adaptive Systems (Basic)Agent Based Modeling of Complex Adaptive Systems (Basic):
http://ocw.tudelft.nl/courses/tpm-minors-and-electives/agent-based-modeling-of-complex-adaptive-systems-basic/course-home/
Our human society consists of many intertwined Large Scale Socio-Technical Systems (LSSTS), such as infrastructures, industrial networks, the financial systems etc. Environmental pressures created by these systems on Earth’s carrying capacity are leading to exhaustion of natural resources, loss of habitats and biodiversity, and are causing a resource and climate crisis. To avoid this sustainability crisis, we urgently need to transform our production and consumption patterns. Given that we, as inhabitants of this planet, are part of a complex and integrated global system, where and how should we begin this transformation? And how can we also ensure that our transformation efforts will lead to a sustainable world?

LSSTS and the ecosystems that they are embedded in are known to be Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). According to John Holland CAS are "…a dynamic network of many agents (which may represent cells, species, individuals, firms, nations) acting in parallel, constantly acting and reacting to what the other agents are doing. The control of a CAS tends to be highly dispersed and decentralized. If there is to be any coherent behavior in the system, it will have to to arise from competition and cooperation among the agents themselves. The overall behavior of the system is the result of a huge number of decisions made every moment" by many individual agents.

Understanding Complex Adaptive Systems requires tools that themselves are complex to create and understand. Shalizi defines Agent Based Modeling as "An agent is a persistent thing which has some state we find worth representing, and which interacts with other agents, mutually modifying each other’s states. The components of an agent-based model are a collection of agents and their states, the rules governing the interactions of the agents and the environment within which they live."

This course will explore the theory of CAS and their main properties. It will also teach you how to work with Agent Based Models in order to model and understand CAS.

Statistics Delft Design Guide

Last week TU Delft OpenCourseWare published the Delft Design Guide. The Delft Design Guide presents an overview of product design approaches and methods used in the Bachelor and Master curriculum at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft.

Publication of the educational materials led to quite an increase in visitors. The Delft Design Guide resulted in 10.215 Pageviews, of which 6.581 were unique page views. The Delft Design Guide got 537 visitors on the day of publication and 1.063 visitors the day after, as apposed to the average 200-300 visitors a day. We can say that we’re proud of these results!

Statistics Delft Design Guide

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