What is TOM?

In the Twente Educational Model, students work (often together) on a project in a “module” worth 15 ECs. Within each module, the knowledge and skills being offered are strongly tied to the project. One module covers one quartile (half a semester). A bachelor’s programme consists of twelve modules. The first eight modules make up the core of the programme. For modules 9 and 10, the students have elective space to choose what modules they want to broaden or deepen their knowledge, for example with a High-Tech Human Touch module, a join-in module or by studying abroad. More information about the possibilities can be found on the minor website. During the last two modules (11 and 12), students work on their graduation assignment.

TOM pillars

The Twente Education Model consists of five pillars:

Student Driven Learning

The term we now use for this is "Student-Driven Learning" (SDL): education that has not completely been predetermined by the teacher, allowing the student to take control of their own learning. This method allows the student to influence various aspects of their education, such as the learning activities, the pace, and – in some cases – even the learning objectives. SDL is characterized by open communication about learning between the student and the teacher. This means that the role of the teacher changes as well. The teacher provides feedback on the student’s results and their learning process and encourages the student to gain new experience and explore unknown subjects. This entrepreneurial attitude better prepares students for the labour market.

The Student Driven Learning approach that is part of TOM requires different methods of assessment. Read more about assessment in TOM here.