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Posted in April 2014

OCWC Global, 4 awards for TU Delft

In April the OpenCourseWare Consortium organized the annual OCWC Global conference, this time in the beautiful city of Ljubljana. After winning two awards in 2013 , TU Delft was lucky enough to have been awarded no less then 4 awards this year:

  • Anka Mulder (vice president education & operations and former president of the OpenCourseWare Consortium) was granted the Leadership Award
  • Our OpenCourseWare website was granted the Outstanding Site Award.
  • Prof. ir. Jules van Lier was granted the Open MOOC Award for sharing the course materials of the Introduction to Water Treatment MOOC under an open license
  • Dr. Arno Smets was also granted the Open MOOC Award for sharing the course materials of the Solar Energy MOOC under an open license.

We are very proud and feel very privileged to have been granted so many awards!

OCW Awards

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Also, the OpenCourseWare Consortium announced a name change and will from now on carry the name ‘Open Education Consortium’. This name change resembles the widening of focus for the consortium from educational resources towards education and therewith better suits the globally changing interests of institutions.


Published a new course: Research Methodologies

Last week the first course of the master Aerospace Engineering: Research Methodologies  is published.

The aim of the course is to be a research-driven preparation for the aerospace engineering MSc thesis in the final year of the MSc. It will help you prepare for the challenges of your thesis work.

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The course will consist of 7 lectures and will be taught online using video lectures in periods 1, 2 and 3 and face-to-face using traditional lectures in period 4.

The lecture set up is as follows:
1. Research Design in MSc – Introduction to research, research framework
2. Research Methods – Stages of a project, Research objective, research questions, research strategy, research methods
3. Data Analysis – Quantitative & Qualitative meth

4. Validation & Verification – How to validate & verify your work?
5. Project Management & Peer review of draft Project plan – How to manage your project and your thesis progress. Project plan peer review
6. Planning – How to plan, expectations, Gannt Charts
7. Literature Review – How to carry out a scientific literature review? Differences between review and research

Please be advised that all lectures are also available via Blackboard for those following the online version. It is possible to do this course by distant learning, attendance in the 4th period, though highly appreciated, is not mandatory!


Study Goals
At the end of the course the student will:

  • be aware of the expectations of an MSc student
  • be able to formulate a research question and research aim
  • be able to set up a research plan for their MOP/Literature Study/MSc thesis
  • be able to write a literature review based on the research plan with a view to select appropriate methodologies for their MOP/MSc thesis
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