Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is penetrating and changing more and more parts of society. Business after business is turned upside down by new online providers and the use of mobile devices. Will education be next?
The University of Twente wants to distinguish itself in the use of ICT in education. There is a lot to gain. Learning technologies can help reinforce the quality, efficiency and attractiveness of teaching and learning at the university. And it befits our profile as an institution combining High Tech and Human Touch.
To steer future initiatives, the Board, the Deans and the Universitty Council are \discussing a vision on ICT and learning at UT. A working group led by the dean of teaching innovation produced the underlying document, titled ‘Student Driven & Technology Enhanced; ICT and the future of learning at the University of Twente’. It is the result of discussions with students and staff and a visit to Sillicon Valley.
ICT in education was also the UT-case in the student think tank Create Tomorrow, where over 20 teams of students and 10 staff-teams came up with innovative strategies and devices for the future of learning at the UT. Many of these are integrated in the document. The winning teams of students – composed of board members of Study Association PROTO - and of staff members – a team of CES colleagues - presented their concepts to the Board and the Deans recently.
CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE
The Classroom of the Future, opened in January this year, is located in The Gallery, near the DesignLab. It is a location for interactive, project based education. The classroom is equipped with for instance a video screen, big touch screens and a moving robot. In this new area students work with digital methods together on projects. There is space for 120 students. Watch the video of Classroom of the Future: