What is TOM?

Project-based work

To encourage students to be involved in their own learning and to ensure that they study actively and nominally, it is of the utmost importance that the education being offered is appealing. For that reason, the core of a module is designed around a project: an activity that challenges students to independently gain knowledge and skills.

The size of a project is not predetermined. However, the University of Twente's aim is that TOM develops into a model in which students do not just apply knowledge and skills, but also gain them during the project.

The three roles

Within one project, students can take on several roles. This is also the perfect opportunity to further develop the Twente profile. For example, are the students critically assessing existing knowledge (researching)? Are they integrating scientific knowledge when developing new solutions for problems (designing)? Or are the students mostly working on implementing new solutions in a complex society (organizing)? A project can focus on one of these roles or offer a combination of all three.

Structured projects and open projects

The extent to which a project is structured depends on the particular programme, the location of the respective module within this programme and the learning objectives of the module. During a structured project, all students are given the same assignment and the theory is offered in other module units that run parallel to the project. This knowledge is applied in the project. During an open project, a lot of information is available within the context of the project, possibly preselected by teachers, and students can take on several activities that are required to successfully complete the project. Students can determine whether they want to make use of the preselected sources and learning activities provided by the teachers to achieve the learning objectives or whether they want to select other sources or activities on their own. Proper tutoring is essential here. During the project, the students will receive feedback regarding its content from the teachers.

pillar two: project based work