Challenge based learning at TU/e ISBEP

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Among the programs offered by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU Eindhoven) is the Innovation Space Bachelor End Project (ISBEP) program. In order to get a good insight into the student’s progress within the ISBEP program, there is a need for a digital portfolio.

The TU/e ISBEP wanted the following:

  1. Student completes his/her own assessment and this data is stored. Before asking for feedback, the student indicates which ILOs he/she would like to receive feedback on.
  2. After this, the student sends the form to the assessor. The assessor sees the student’s feedback read-only and then provides feedback on the same ILOs as well. After this, the form is validated and closed.
  3. As a final step, it is possible for the student to reflect on the feedback received.

Students can take the ISBEP program at the end of their Bachelor’s program. Within this course, students work on a project in a challenge. The students work together multidisciplinary, which means that they can follow this program from different faculties of TU Eindhoven.
The ISBEP program lasts a total of 5 months and starts twice a year. During the semester in which students follow the ISBEP program, these students are supervised from two different perspectives:

  • Guidance from ISBEP (coach innovation space): the guidance of the mentor from ISBEP relates mainly to guiding the students in their professional development/skills.
  • Guidance from the academy (academic coach): here the guidance relates to the content aspect of the challenge.
  • The students may also receive feedback on their professional development from other perspectives.
    In total, there are 20 groups (per semester) working on a product in a challenge. Each group consists of 7 team members (students).

Within ISBEP, the student’s progress on the competencies is examined. This involves the 6 competencies listed below:

  1. Design and research process
  2. Prototyping
  3. Systems thinking
  4. Interdisciplinary communication
  5. Reflection
  6. Organisation and planning

Under these 6 competencies, 7 ILOs (intented learning outcomes) are formulated. In addition, it is possible that the student can describe an ILO himself and ask for feedback on it. This will then connect to the student’s need to want to develop in a very specific area.

At the start of the semester of ISBEP, each student will formulate a personal development plan (learning objectives), describing which ILOs the student wants to develop further (the student chooses from the general 7 ILOs). The indicators of the ILOs will be formulated and, in addition, any “own/personal ILOs” will be described.

Throughout the ISBEP program, there are several times when conversations (including physical meetings with the teams) will be held with students about progress. These conversations will be about substantive progress (regarding the product being developed within the challenge) and personal progress (on the ILOs and competencies).

How this is worked out in Scorion is explained in the video below (Dutch):

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