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Posted in February 2014

Anka Mulder awarded the leadership ACE award by the OpenCourseWare Consortium

Anka Mulder,vice president education and operations TU Delft, has been awarded the leadership ACE award by the OpenCourseWare Consortium. On behalf of the OpenCourseWare Team congratulations! foto ANKAMULDER

ACE Awards

The Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the open education community. They also recognize individual leadership in moving the ideals of OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources forward. The awards are presented each year at the global OpenCourseWare Consortium’s annual conference, to be held this year April 23-25 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  The Consortium’s Board of Directors selects individual award recipients.  The other three award categories -site, course and project- are selected by the ACE awards committee populated from the Consortium membership. Here you will find more information about the the announces of the individual awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence.

Anka Mulder ,Vice President for Education and Operations at Delft University of Technology is the recipient of one of the two OpenCourseWare Consortium’s Leadership ACE given this year.  Anka Mulder has always been a champion in Open Education. It’s through her efforts that TU Delft is now able to realize the open education ideal on both national and international level, which has even led to openly licensed DelftX (EdX) MOOCs. As a member of the Executive Board, she shares responsibility for governing and managing the University. From November 2004 to April 2013 she fulfilled the position of Director of Education and Student Affairs at TU Delft. From July 2011 to April 2014 she combined the post of director with that of Secretary of the Executive Board.

Open Education Week 2014

The TU Delft believes that offering open and online education is the future. We already offer a wide range of courses, MOOCs and even partially online master programmes. The very fact that with our MOOCs we reach more than 100.000 students makes us expect much more possibilities in this field. Therefore, starting March 10th, we kick off the Open Education Week 2014. The perfect opportunity for (teaching) staff and students to discover more about the possibilities of online and open education. During the Open Education Week the Delft Extension School organizes several free activities on three unique aspects of open and online education:

Want to learn more about the open education week? Check our website and register for one of our activities.

Image: CC BY SA OCW Consortium

Image: CC BY SA OCW Consortium

New bachelor course is published: Geology I


Today we published a new bachelor course of Applied Earth Science: Geology I



The Geology 1 course is composed of three parts dedicated to

General knowledge of the system Earth,
Tools for the 3D geometric representation of geological objects and
Methods and techniques for the recognition of fundamental minerals and rocks.

You will be able to:

Describe the first order structure and functioning of the Earth. This includes basic knowledge of i) elements, minerals and rocks, ii) of the internal structure of the Earth with particular attention to the lithosphere and the crust, and iii) of plate tectonics.
Describe the main characteristics of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and will have an understanding of how these rocks were formed.
Describe kinematics and basic physics of vertical movements (subsidence creating sedimentary basins and uplift creating relief) and horizontal deformations at lithospheric to thin section scale. They will be able to quantify simple relations between relief and crustal structure. They will be able to extract deformation scenarios from simple geological documents such as geological and seismic sections.
Describe exogene processes and their impact on the sedimentary record. Processes include climate, terrestrial water flow and oceanography.
Describe the main sedimentary environments and their evolution through time. Students will also be able to infer such evolutionary schemes from simple geological records such as stratigraphic columns and use them for simple paleogeographic reconstructions
Define and recognize the most important rock-forming minerals.
Recognize minerals and the way they are assembled (thin section and sample).
Interpret geologic maps, geologic sections and other basic documents such as seismic section to infer the 3D architecture of the area/volume of investigation
Use the techniques mentioned above to constrain larger scale processes and make predictions for spatially and temporally unknown parts of the Earth system (mainly Earth upper crust).

a new course is published in OpenCourseWare: Solar Energy

Solar Energy is published at TU Delft OpenCourseWare now.

The course Solar Energy is given earlier as a MOOC on DelftX from 16 September 2013 – 18 November 2013 More information about the MOOCs of DelftX: https://www.edx.org/school/delftx/allcourses 


The course is accessible for a broad range of students doing a BSc program. Some basic knowledge in physics is advantageous and mathematical skills as integration and differentiation are assumed to be known.

Course Description

The course Solar Energy will teach you to design a complete photovoltaic system. The course will introduce you to the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. You will understand the principles of the photovoltaic conversion (the conversion of light into electricity). You will learn about the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. The course will treat the specifications of solar modules and show you how to design a complete solar system for any particular application. The suitable semiconductor materials, device physics, and fabrication technologies for solar cells are presented. The guidelines for design of a complete solar cell system for household application are explained. Alternative storage approaches through solar fuels or conversion of solar energy in to heat will be discussed. The cost aspects, market development, and the application areas of solar cells are presented.

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