Life-Long Learning and Online/Blended Learning

DTU Seminar for Teaching and Learning - Fall 2017

Monday 4 December 2017


12.00-12.30 Sandwiches and networking
Welcome from dean Philip J. Binning
Key note speech by Dr. Arno Smets, Professor in Solar Energy, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, TU Delft
Coffee and networking
Presentation of the winner of the
DTU Award for Developing Teaching and Learning 2017 - by dean Philip J. Binning
15.00-16.15 DTU cases: presentations and discussions
Recapitulation and round-off by dean Martin Vigild

The seminar is open for enrolment. Use the online registration system


DTU educates engineers who are ready to fill a role in society. However, this does not mean that a graduates’ education is over! Today and in the future – continuing education will be necessary for engineers to adjust to new technologies.

DTU should offer much more continuing education in order to meet the needs of society for life-long learning and skills improvement. Continuing education can take the form of part-time master programmes, customized courses for specific groups, or open online courses like MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which are available for everyone. Existing “ordinary” courses are often a starting point that can be developed into a continuing education course targeting other groups and media. Continuing education activities should inspire and supplement campus-based education of DTU students. Participants in continuing education courses, typically engineers working in the industry, have plenty of experience – problems, cases, empirical material, and personal contacts – that can also benefit campus courses for students. Likewise, industry contacts may provide ideas on future research topics. Furthermore, material developed for MOOCs can be re-used as elements in DTU courses as blended learning.

The fall seminar for teaching and learning will focus on the benefits of MOOCs and other forms of continuing education for DTU, DTU’s education programmes, and – not least – for DTU’s teachers and students.

The topic will be addressed by a keynote presentation on online (continuing) education from Delft University of Technology, and by presentations and discussions of DTU examples of continuing education and online / blended learning courses. The outcome will be an overview of the benefits and challenges that such activities represent for the teachers. 

DTU Cases on "Life-Long Learning and Online/Blended Learning"

Interactive computerbased ”poster” presentations:    

  • Steffen Foss Hansen (DTU Environment): Turning a DTU on-campus course into a MOOC – Lessons Learned
  • Merete Badger (DTU Wind Energy): Wind Energy Master: a new online programme
  • John Heebøl (DTU Management Engineering): Experiences from a fully digitalized combined blended learning – team based learning  course
  • Max Hansen (DTU Food): International teaching at post graduate level

About the key note presentation

Based on his 4 year experience with developing and delivering online education, Dr. Arno H M. Smets will address various aspects of online education including

  • Why spend time on offering MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)?

  • How do MOOCs work? 

  • How do MOOCs fit in with pedagogical innovation on campus - blended learning, flipped classroom etc?

  • Current status of online education in the world and its future

About the keynote speaker

Dr. Arno H M. Smets is Professor in Solar Energy in the Photovoltaics Material and Devices group at the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology. From 2005-2010 he worked at the Research Center for Photovoltaics at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba Japan. His research work is focused on processing of thin silicon films, innovative materials and new concepts for photovoltaic applications.

He is lecturer for BSc and MSc courses on Photovoltaics and Sustainable Energy at TU Delft. His MOOC course on Solar Energy attracted over 150.000 students worldwide. In 2016, Arno Smets is the winner of the first-ever edX Prize for his exceptional contributions in online teaching and learning.

Research interest
Arno Smets has worked on a wide variety of topics related to the plasma processing of thin silicon films for photovoltaic applications, mainly focused on second generation technology. Included among his many research topics and achievements are: plasma technology development, development of high deposition rates of hydrogenated amorphous and microcrystalline silicon, large area deposition, development of novel in-situ diagnostics to monitor plasma processes, plasma-surface interaction and thin film growth, study of dust generation in plasma environments, study of the mechanisms involved in thin silicon growth with respect to deposition rate, temperature and ion induced film-modifications, fundamental understanding of microstructures and related properties of thin silicon films, study of instable thin silicon properties related to the Staebler-Wronski effect or oxidation of thin silicon films, processing of thin film silicon based photovoltaic devices and development of novel concepts to further enhance the efficiencies of thin film silicon photovoltaic devices.
17 NOVEMBER 2017