Lecturer of the Year: “Learning is something you do step by step”5 September 2017
“Get students started step by step and then let them go their own way.” That's the secret of Ivo Roghair, assistant professor at Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. At the opening of the academic year Monday he was presented with the Educational Award Bachelor by Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens. Professor Yvonne de Kort of the Human Technology Interaction group was honored with the Educational Award Master. “Teaching is like a live concert.”
Bachelor's lecturer of the year Ivo Roghair is proud of his award. He was surprised, but more by the prize money than by the win itself. “I had a good feeling about it after the pitch right before the summer vacation, and liked the idea that the academic year would start with the announcement of the winner.”
That pitch was made to the Student Advisory Body (SAO) on June 13 by two sets of three nominees. Thirteen students sit on this committee, eleven as sole representatives of each program plus two international students. The SAO is chaired by Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens.
For four years now Ivo Roghair has been a lecturer at Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. “I graduated from the University of Twente, then obtained my PhD here at TU/e in 2012 and subsequently held a postdoc position at Twente for a short while.”
Roghair learned how to teach from his predecessors. “They taught me about structure in the courses, especially in the practicals. Having said that, I have raised the course 'Numeric Methods' to a higher level. I make the assignments incrementally more difficult and the students like that. You can compare it with levels, in just the same way as you learn skills in computer games. This prevents students from running into a brick wall because they face everything all at once, instead they learn step by step to make progress. I see them gain self-confidence and they are keen to show me that they are up to the task.”
The five thousand euros will come in handy for a family with two young children. “I really didn't know there was any prize money involved. This is the first opening of the academic year that I've experienced. I have to say I am keen to buy myself a PlayStation 4 but the students' appreciation is what it is all about.”
In her pitch Yvonne de Kort spoke about how she has developed as a lecturer. “First of all I had to discover my passion for my field, then I set about turning abstract theories into something concrete. At a later stage I paid more attention to my interaction with students and after that my lectures became more personal. Now I work in a very reflective way, wondering things like: apart from my own enthusiasm, what helps students the most?”
The Master's lecturer of the year feels that teaching is like a live concert. “You can listen to music on a CD, but being present in person makes it something much more special. Together the audience and fans make the experience, just as the lecturer and students work together to produce a good lecture.”
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.