What is TEM?
In the Twente Educational Model students work (often together) on a project in a ‘module’ of 15EC. In this module, the knowledge and skills offered are strongly connected with the project. One module covers one quartile (half a semester). A bachelorprogramma consists of 12 modules. The first eight modules represent the core of the programme. In module 9 and 10 the student have elective space to choose modules for broadening or deepening their knowledge, for example with a High Tech Human Touch module, a join in module or study abroad. More information about the possibilities can be found on the minorwebsite. In the last two modules (11 and 12) students work on their graduation assignment.
The Twente Education Model is described by five pillars:
- Modular education
- Project-based work
- Personal responsibility
- Students learn together
- Quick and correct fit
Student Driven Learning
The term we are now using 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. With this the student is able to influence various aspects of education, such as the learning activities and the pace, and in some cases even the learning objectives. SDL is characterized by open communication about learning between the student and the teacher. Because of this, the role of the teacher changes as well. The teacher provides feedback on the result and the learning process of the student and encourages the student to gain new experience and explore unknown subjects. Such an entrepreneurial attitude better prepares students for the labour market.
The Student Driven Learning approach in TEM requires other methods of assessment. Read more about assessment in TEM here.