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Posted in March 2013

New: Software ins and outs for Architecture students

Architecture students use a lot of software in design projects during their study at the TU Delft. To present BSc students with a solid base concerning the use of ICT within the architectural domain, the Design Informatics chair of the Faculty of Architecture offers several course materials, tutorials and software documentation related to the application of ICT in Architecture, Design and education for free via the digital repository of TOI-Pedia. TU Delft OpenCourseWare now presents links to these constantly updated tutorials. We do not provide the software or licenses to the software though; you can obtain the software through the appropriate channels.

Take a look!

Kwaliteit van open digitaal leermateriaal

This message is meant for Dutch lecturers and ICTO colleagues in University and College education:

Rond de kwaliteit van open digitale leermaterialen in hoger onderwijs zijn er veel vragen. Hoe vind je kwalitatief hoogwaardig digitaal leermateriaal?

Om daar meer inzicht over te krijgen, vraagt SURF OER aan docenten, ICTO-medewerkers om mee te doen aan een survey: Onder de invullers wordt een aantal cadeaubonnen verloot. Onderaan dit bericht vind je de URL naar de survey.

Hoe beoordeel je als gebruiker de kwalteit van open digitaal leermateriaal? Hoe kan de kwaliteit van digitale leermaterialen zichbaar worden gemaakt voor gebruikers? Zij er kwaliteitscriteria voor open digitaal leermateriaal vast te stellen? Antwoorden vinden op deze vragen zal het gebruiken van open digitale leermaterialen bevorderen.

Deze survey is bedoeld om inzicht te krijgen in wijzen waarop naar digitaal leermateriaal wordt gezocht, welke kwaliteitsfactoren daarbij een rol spelen en welke problemen daarbij ervaren worden. De resultaten van deze survey zullen worden gebruikt voor activiteiten die moeten leiden tot hoger kwaliteit van open digitale leermaterialen en daardoor meer gebruik ervan.

De survey is hier te vinden: http://survey.surfnet.nl/index.php?sid=15974&lang=nl.

International World Water Day 2013!

Today is international World Water Day 2013,  the year that the United Nations have declared the UN International year of water cooperation.

The Netherlands are the host country of the event that marks the International celebration of World Water Day.

Today we would like to share what water research and education takes place at TU Delft. Find our water related courses on our page for OpenCourseWare on Water. Here you can educate yourself on topics such as Watermanagement, Hydraulic engineering and Drinking water treatment.

If this is not enough for you, our Delft-based colleagues from UNESCO-IHE have also recently started publishing OpenCourseWare on Hydraulic and Environmental engineering.

We wish everyone a fruitful World Water day and hope that this day will bring the shared goal of widely available clean water, good sanitation and sustainable use of water resources another step closer!

Open Education week 2013 – Recap

Our ‘Debate with the Dean’ marked the end of the second international Open Education Week, during which we organised several events on the topic, such as:

  • Student discussions

Together with some 50 students we debated the value of open education for the TU Delft, a theme that also inspired our discussion with the TU Delft Honours Students the week before.

  • Launch of Open.tudelft.nl

The kick-off for our Open Education week was the launch of open.tudelft.nl on Monday 11th of March, showcasing all open initiatives TU Delft has to offer in Education, Research and ICT.

  • OpenCourseWare for Innovative Weather Sensing

The launch of open.tudelft.nl was followed by the publication of a package of courses to support African universities in the design competition for a low-cost weather station.

  • Open Education event

On Wednesday the Dutch higher education sector gathered in Utrecht, to celebrate the publication of the Trendrapport on Open Educational Resources. The day was chaired by our Vice President of Education, Paul Rullman while Anka Mulder, secretary of the university, was one of the speakers at the Open Education Event

  • Presentations for TU Delft staff

Furthermore, we have been welcomed at several faculties to share the possibilities of Open Education with our TU Delft teaching staff. This is something we will continue in the coming year in order to spread the word on open education, inside and outside of our campus!

We’ve enjoyed all the positive interactions and reactions we had during the Open Education Week, and will certainly contribute to next year’s Open Education Week.

TAHMO: Innovative Weather Sensing

Have you noticed that the most recently published courses share a common theme? Then you’re right! These courses are made available for the TAHMO project, and are part of our efforts for the international Open Education Week.

TAHMO stands for Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory Project. We now offer several courses that relate to this inspiring project in order to support the African universities that partake in the sensor design competition, but of course also for everyone else interested in the topic.

Learn how to take hydrological measurements, for example. Or educate yourself on hydrology and electronic instrumentation.

The package of courses made available for this innovative weather sensoring project have been published as OpenCourseWare.

For a short introduction to the TAHMO project, watch the video below.

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Open Education Week: Open Your Mind!

This week, March 11-15, the Open Education Week takes place worldwide. Huge numbers of events are organised worldwide, this week, both online and locally hosted. In the Netherlands for example, SURF will organise a national Open Education Event. TU Delft participates in this event.

TU Delft also organises several meetings for staff and students, on campus to increase awareness about Open Education and Open Educational Resources.


Next to Open Education TU Delft offers more open initiatives for the world to see and use. To show what our university has to offer, open.tudelft.nl was launched. This website provides a showcase of open education, Open Research and Open ICT initiatives.

Een nieuwe cursus gepubliceerd: Meten aan water

Gisteren een nieuwe cursus gepubliceerd: Meten aan Water. Deze cursus is een onderdeel van de Minor: De Delta Denker: Water voor later. De cursus is hoofdzakelijk in het Nederlands maar de Lectures Waterbalans en de reader is in het Engels.

Dit vak gaat in op het hoe te doen van typische metingen op het vakgebied van gezondheidstechniek (waterkwaliteit), hydrologie, waterbeheer, waterbouw en vloeistofmechanica (waterkwantiteit).

Onderdelen hierin zijn: het herkennen van de relevante parameters, leren over meetmethodes, meetapparatuur, nauwkeurigheid, opstellen van een meetplan, veiligheid, het zelf doen van metingen (laboratorium e/o in het veld) en bewerken en verwerken van gegevens.

In een workshop wordt er geleerd met beschikbare electronica componenten een eigen meetsensor te bouwen.


– In staat zijn aan te geven welke parameters van belang zijn bij een bepaald proces

– In staat zijn aan te geven hoe de parameters gemeten kunnen worden

– Geschikte meetapparatuur kunnen kiezen

– Een meetplan kunnen maken (uitvoering, tijd, duur, kosten, veiligheid)

– Basis principes electronica in de meettechniek begrijpen en kunnen toepassen

Professor dr.ir. Leo Kouwenhoven in ‘De Wereld Leert Door’

Monday March 4th, Prof. dr.ir. Keo Kouwenhoven offered some explenation on Quantum Mechanics Research in the Dutch Television program ‘De Wereld Leert Door‘. In the show he used superconductors to make a cube actually levitate.

Professor Leo Kouwenhoven recently caused great excitement by proving the existence of the Majorana particle. In one of our OCW MORE Flashlectures he explains this discovery.

new course published: Spatial Tools in Water Resources Management

today a new master course published: Spatial Tools in Water Resources Management, a course of the master Watermanagement.

The course discusses several Geopgraphical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) tools relevant for analysis of (problems in and aspects of) water systems. Within the course, several applications are introduced. These applications include GIS tools to determine mapping of surface water systems (catchment delineation, reservoirs and canal systems). The RS tools include determination of evaporation and soil moisture patterns, and measurement of water levels in surface water systems. In exercises and lectures, different tools and applications are offered. For each application, assignments are given to allow students to acquire relevant skills. The course structure combines assignments and introductory lectures. Each week participants work on one assignment. These assignments are discussed in the next lecture and graded. Each week a new assignment is introduced, together with supporting materials (an article discussing the relevant application) and lectures (introducing theoretical issues). The study material of the course consists of a study guide, assignments, lecture material and articles. The final mark is the average of the grades of the individual assignments.

New course published: Electronic Instrumentation

Last week we published a new course: Electronic Instrumentation, , the first master course of the master Electrical Engineering.

This course is a basic course on Instrumentation and Measurement. Firstly, the detection limit in a typical instrument for measurement of an electrical quantity is determined for: offset, finite common-mode rejection, noise and interference. The dominant source of uncertainty is identified and the equivalent input voltage/current sources are calculated. Secondly, the measurement of a non-electrical quantity is discussed. In this case the detection limit should be expressed in terms of the non-electrical input parameter of interest. Issues discussed are:
(cross-)sensitivities in frequently used transduction effects, non-electrical source loading and noise in the non-electrical signal domain. Coupled domain formal modeling is subsequently introduced to facilitate analytical multi-domain system analysis. Finally, the detection limit in typical applications in the mechanical, thermal, optical and magnetic signal domain are analysed, along with circuit and system techniques to maximize overall system detectivity. The tools that are introduced in the course, such as the formal modeling and the calculation of the detection limit, are applied in the mid-term project to a real-world measurement problem.

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