What is TOM?

Personal responsibility

With our Student-Driven modules and open projects, our students have the opportunity to take the reins themselves. Students are therefore expected to adopt an active study and work attitude and independently reflect upon their own work. What do they have to pay more attention to and/or spend more time on, which activities do they have to complete to achieve the learning objectives, which sources do they need, which role do they take on and in which setting do they perform their project assignment? Making these decisions and therefore being self-directed is something we want our students to learn. At the start of the programme, the tutoring is intense. Later on, this intensity gradually decreases. During the first semester of the third year (modules 9 and 10), students have the opportunity to choose their own minor modules (see www.utwente.nl/minor)

Coordination of assessment and feedback

In the current situation, module units often look like separate “courses.” In this case, module teams are advised to determine what will be assessed how and when. After all, students usually spend most of their time on assignments that count towards their final grade.

Campus community

In addition to this personal responsibility for learning, the University of Twente would also like to see active involvement in the campus community from its students. This is possible through e.g. participating in education evaluations, being a student assistant, activism (participating in associations) and the like. 

Not being able to study full-time

If a module is entirely Student-Driven in terms of its project setting, students who are unable to study full-time can spread out the module over a longer period of time, as was done in the past with perennial students, extremely difficult courses, etcetera. This means that modules will overlap. Currently, these students develop a custom solution with their study adviser. Refer to the website of the Student Counselling Service for more information.

pillar three: personal responsibility