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Open Education Week starts Today!

The Open Education Week starts today! Don’t forget to check http://www.openeducationweek.org/ for all the interesting events and webinars that are being organised and broadcast this week, worldwide!

"Welcome to the first ever Open Education Week!  Open Education Week is taking place from 5-10 March 2012 online and in locally hosted events around the world.  The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free an open to anyone."

And also, don’t forget the European Open Education Event next Wednesday, March 7! http://opencourseware.eu/OpenEducationEvent2012 

"The OpenCourseWare Consortium is organising the first annual Open Education Week from March 5 – 10, 2012. Open Education Week is a global event, raising awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education, especially Open Educational Resources (OER).  OER are high-quality, free and open educational materials that offer opportunities for people anywhere in the world to share, use and reuse." http://opencourseware.eu/OpenEducationEvent2012   

New Course published: Electricity and Gas: Market Design and Policy Issues

 We’ve published a new course about Electricity and Gas: Market Designs and Policy Issues. This course is part of the Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management Master. Ckeck it out

"European gas and electricity markets have largely been liberalized. Due to the specific physical characteristics and public interest aspects of electricity and gas, and to the fact that the networks continue to be natural monopolies, these markets require careful design. In this class, it is analyzed what the market design variables are and how the ongoing process of market design depends on policy goals, starting conditions and physical, technical and institutional constraints. In addition, a number of current policy issues will be discussed, such as security of supply, the CO2 emissions market, the integration of European energy markets and privatization. Participation in a simulation game, in which long-term market dynamics are simulated, is mandatory."

New Website released!

Today the TU Delft OpenCourseWare website hase been updated! We’re curious about what you think about it! Please let us know what we should improve!

Celebrating TU Delft OpenCourseWare


Photo’s by Cora Bijsterveld / Willem van Valkenburg, via http://www.e-learn.nl/2011/06/16/tu-delft-opencourseware-mijlpalen  

Last Thursday TU Delft OpenCourseWare organised a drink to celebrate the election of Anka Mulder as president of the worldwide OpenCourseWare Consortium (http://ocwconsortium.org). We also celebrated having published over 50 courses via http://ocw.tudelft.nl. Ivo Bouwmans received a certificate for this:

"Publication of this 50th course marks the shift in attention towards the publication of new courses at a Bachelors level, aimed at providing prospective students a realistic impression of what the entire Bachelors program entails. Following the ‘Introductiecursus Technische Bestuurskunde’, TU Delft OpenCourseWare aims to expand this approach of introductory courses towards the entire Bachelors education system of the TU Delft."

We would like to thank all who were present for making this event a succes! We would also like to thank all involved in the OpenCourseWare project for their support in the past, present and/or future!
The presentations are available online. Some photo’s and video-recordings have been made of the presentations and a few articles have been published on this event. A short overview:

Karel Luyben
Presentation: http://slidesha.re/lRqdtT
Video-recording: http://vimeo.com/25227319

Anka Mulder
Presentation: http://slidesha.re/itCz5F

Willem van Valkenburg
Presentation: http://slidesha.re/mj27tq

Blogpost (in Dutch): "TU Delft OpenCourseWare Mijlpalen" – http://bit.ly/kAy7Gi
Blogpost (in Dutch):"Video’s van TU Delft OpenCourseWare bijeenkomst" –
TU News: "OpenCourseWare Milestones" – http://bit.ly/l8Rrxm

Surveys on Open Educational Resources in Dutch Higher Education

* Update: The surveys mentioned below have been closed. Thank you for your participation. 

TU Delft has been been publishing Open Educational Resources since 2007, through http://ocw.tudelft.nl, http://itunesu.tudelft.nl and http://www.youtube.com/tudelft for example.

Since recently SURFfoundation and the Special Interest Group Open Educational Resources (in which TU Delft also participates) have initiated actions to broaden the range of Higher Education institutions that publish and (re)use Open Educational Resources and elevate the Dutch Higher Education towards a nationwide open movement. In this light several students are conducting research into the current state of affairs on Higher Educational resources in the Dutch Higher Education.

Below you will find two surveys for different target audiences.Please feel free to fill them out!

The opinions of Dutch Higher Education students on Open Educational Resources:

"An Open Educational Resource can be described as a single or collective group of learning materials developed by an institution or an individual. The current common used definition of Open Educational Resources is: “Open Educational Resources are digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research”. Open Educational Resources courses are available in different types, from PowerPoint presentation to interactive videos and games.

Your opinion as a student is essential for the Open Educational Resources development in the Netherlands. This survey provides the educational institutions insight in your needs and expectations regarding your educational program.

This survey is developed in collaboration with SURFfoundation and attempts to capture the student’s opinions regarding Open Educational Resources. If you want to have a chance to win €50,-, please submit a valid email-address at the end of the questionnaire.

The participants of this survey will remain anonymous and your email address will remain strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties. We thank you for your thoughtful feedback.
This survey will take less than 10 minutes."

The perspective on how Dutch universities and colleges support Open Educational Resources to generate innovative learning, teaching, and assessments: 

"This survey aims to put into perspective how Dutch universities and colleges support Open Educational Resources to generate innovative learning, teaching, and assessments.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research. OER include full courses (syllabus, schedule, assignment, digital library, web-links, and forums), free online textbooks, videos, statistical databases, interactive graphics, and assessments.

This survey consists of 25 questions and will take you an approximate 15-20 minutes to complete. "

TU Delft OpenCourseWare visit in Denmark

UPDATE: VIA University College Denmark is moving ahead with OpenCourseWare quite rapidly. Peter de Moel (Watermanagement, TU Delft) delivered a nice presentation and gave the Danish OpenCourseWare a great push to go ahead in the OpenCourseWare movement!

The Lecture recordings can be found at the VIA OpenCourseWare website. There you will find links towards the first part and second part of the lecture (opens in Windows Medai Player).

Last week VIA University College has become the first Scandinavian member of the OCWConsortium.
TU Delft (Peter de Moel) was invited to present their OCW experiences on 18 November to around 30 VIA teachers at the VIA auditorium in Horsens, Danmark. This invitation was a follow-up of his presentation at the IGIP-SEFI conference in Trnava, Slovakia.

 Introduction by Jan Uwe Wolf, Dean at VIA  TU Delft experiences presented by Peter de Moel

Afterwards workshops were held on:

  • recording lectures with Collegerama/Mediasite
  • using course material from Blackboard or SharePoint for OpenCourseWare.

VIA plans their OCW website ready for official launching in July 2011. Their progress can be followed at www.openviauc.dk .

The presentation of Peter de Moel and the related interview are presented at the VIA website: www.viauc.dk/pressesite/artikler/Sider/via_er_nordens_forste_open_course_ware_institution.aspx (in Danish). The presentation was recorded on video, and will be presented at this website.

  • View the presentation on the TU Delft OpenER Slideshare channel

New Course added: Policy and Decision Models

A new course has been published: Policy and Decision Models (by Dr. Ir. Scott Cunningham) is the second course in the Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA) program of the faculty of TPM. A short desciption:

The course is a survey of models for analyzing and supporting design and decision-making in multi-actor settings. Participants:

  • Will learn to recognize the difference between games and decisions, and will identify their occurrence in public policy.
  • Will be able to apply a principled technique for resolving dilemmas through the appropriate selection of policies.
  • Will learn to formulate, design and communicate games and decisions.
  • Will learn to implement by computer (and otherwise logically analyze) games and decisions.


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).

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).

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.

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.

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