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'The ins and outs of TOM: project-led and student driven education'.

We offer you a 1 our 1.5 day seminar.  

Opening: What is TOM? Why TOM?

9.30 - 10.15

In the opening we will give a short introduction to our education model. Members of the TOM design team will discuss the features, the motives and the progress and results of the educational innovation.

TOM curriculum example

10.15 - 11.15

One of the program directors of our Bachelor programmes will give a presentation about the curriculum. 

Innovation and implementation proces of TOM

11.30 - 12.15

This interactive session is about the implementation approach of our education model. TOM started with a clear vision from a small group of innovators about education. A selection of programme directors formed a core team of innovators, shaping the outlines of TOM on a curricular level. The TOM has a modular structure of 15 EC blocks and each module contains a project. This vision, the structure and outlines of TOM were implemented top-down.
The aim of this modular structure was however to enable flexibility. The large modules of ten weeks each offer teachers the opportunity to use innovative teaching methods. It gives room for bottom-up ideas and innovations.
In order to help teachers and programme directors with the completion of TOM the Programme office of educational innovation organized several events, seminars, so-called TOM carousels etc. The Centre of Expertise in Learning and Teaching offers advice and trainings.

In this session we will offer an explanation about our organizational structure and the interventions we used to support this big innovation. We will discuss the success factors and the pitfalls of our implementation process and we will discuss the challenges we are facing today.

Project-led education at the University of Twente

13:45 - 15:00

Key element of our Twente educational Model (TOM) is Project- Based Learning. The TOM has a modular structure of 15 EC blocks. Each module contains a project, some of the projects are groups projects other projects are individual. Within these project students can either go more in depth in a topic of their domain (specialisation) or link the domain specific knowledge to other domains and societal issues (broadening).

Projects are the perfect opportunity for students to become more and more Student-Driven during the programme. We aim to give students the responsibility over their learning immediately at day one, and give them more and more freedom to be in charge of their learning during the years that they study here. During their study students can get more freedom on different aspects, for example: the resources they use, formulating their own project groups, the methods in which they work towards a final product, the time and place where they study, formulating their own project assignments.To realize all of this, the role of the teacher has to change. He has to become more of a facilitator instead of the lecturer.

During this workshop you will get an insight in our projects, how we try to work towards Student-Driven curricula and what the role of the teacher is in the whole picture.

Q&A session with students and education experts

15.00 - 16.30

The Q&A session gives you the possibility to ask students and staffmembers about their experiences with the Twente Education Model. Besides students and several education experts will be available to answer questions about subjects such as: ICT, assessment, quality assurance, teacher professionalization and policy. To prepare, we ask you to inform us with your questions in the registration form.

DAY 2:

TOM in practice

9.00 - 10.20

Student Driven Learning & university college twente

10.30 - 11.30

University College Twente offers the Bachelors programme in Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences, or ATLAS for short. Traditionally, engineering (or technology) is not part of Liberal Arts & Sciences curricula. At UCT they firmly believe it should be. In order to understand today's world, you have to understand technology. And solving today's problems means you have to have design skills. Therefore, their bachelor's programme focuses on science, mathematics, engineering and social sciences.


11.30 - 12.15

We end our 1.5 day programme by looking back on the seminar, the experiences and any other elements that may come up.