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Posted in February 2013

TU Delft going to offer MOOCs on edX

TU Delft choose to offer courses as Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs) on edX. Together with MIT, Harvard and others TU Delft will join the MOOC platform edX as one of the first Dutch universities.

TU Delft is a strong advocate for Open Education and has already considerable experience in online education: In OpenCourseWare TU Delft has been published more than hundred courses free online for use and reuse. OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of educational materials organised as courses. It does not require any registration, does not provide assistance and is not degree-granting.

In the coming academic year, TU Delft will get started on its first MOOCs: Water Treatment Engineering, Solar Energy at fall and Introduction to Aerospace Engineering at spring. these first MOOCs will be introductory modules.The complete material on these courses will be posted on edX: in addition to video recordings, course material and trial examinations. The MOOCs will be taught just like courses on the campus: in a fixed period of eight weeks and with opportunities for interaction between fellow participants. there will be homework and you can get a certificate of completion. The students have to be enrolled for the course to get access to the course materials.

For a more extended article about the Delft MOOCs take a look at the article of Karen Collet on TU Delft website

Published a new course: Hydrology of catchments, rivers and deltas

Hydrology of catchments, rivers and deltas is a master course of Watermanagement and one of the Water Management Compulsory courses.


The course deals with the principles of hydrology of catchment areas, rivers and deltas.

course contents:

1. Hydrology and Water Resources: rainfall mechanisms, extreme rainfall, water resources, groundwater, surface water, water resources of catchments, rainfall-runoff relations for different temporal scales, water balances, water scarcity, green and blue water, human interference into the hydrological cycle;
2. Rainfall-Runoff relations: extreme discharge and floods;
3. Determination of peak discharge, factors affecting discharge characteristics, flow duration curve, flood frequency analysis, rainfall runoff relations, short duration peak runoff, catchment yield;
4. Flood propagation: reservoir routing, channel routing, Muskingum routing, Kinematic routing, relations between methods of routing and the St. Venant equation;
5. Hydrology of coastal areas: tides, storm surges, propagation of tides into estuaries, salt water intrusion into open estuaries, seepage of brackish ground water, hydraulic measures in coastal areas and estuaries, effect of dikes, fresh and salt water reservoirs, drainage;
6. Articles related to the topics described above. For the exam a selection of these articles needs to be studied.

The students will learn:

  • to understand the relations between hydrological processes in catchment areas
  • to understand and to calculate the propagation of flood waves
  • to understand hydrological processes in deltas
  • to draft frequency analysis of extremes under different climatological conditions.

De Delftse Leerlijn voor Scheikunde vernieuwd!

De Delftse Leerlijn voor Scheikunde is in zijn geheel vernieuwd!
Naast een nieuwe versie van de reeds  bestaande modules zijn er drie nieuwe modules bij gekomen!

De modules: Ecoreizen, Ecobrandstoffen en Groene Chemie zijn vernieuwd. Daarbij zijn er twee versies van Groene Chemie: 6a Groene Chemie en 6b Groene Chemie met evenwichten

De volgende modules zijn nieuw:

Module 3: Slimme polymeren
Module 4: Zelfherstellend beton
Module 5: Weet wat je eet

Het ontwerpen van de Delftse Leerlijn is een samenwerkingsverband tussen de TU Delft en de VNCI (Vereniging voor de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie).

Leerlingen zullen aan de hand van maatschappelijke-, chemische- en technologische vraagstukken concepten leren om een antwoord op deze vraagstukken te geven op grond van chemische argumenten. Er wordt ingestoken op nieuwe materialen, duurzaamheid, innovatieve technologie en de chemische industrie.

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
Integreren Leren gericht op inpassen van nieuw verworven kennis in bestaande kennis
Creatief toepassen Leren gericht op creatief en wendbaar gebruik.

500 ‘likes’ on Facebook and 100 courses!

TU Delft OpenCourseWare has now 500 likes on the Facebook page.
Thanks for liking us!

Thanks for visiting our Facebook page. This milestone deserves to be shared.

TU Delft OpenCourseWare reached another milestone at the end of 2012.
In december 2012 we published our 100th course. Thanks to all the lecturers who gives
us our co-operation we now have more than 100 courses for free online.
So keep visiting our website and our Facebook page to see  the new courses we are going
to publish this year.

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