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March 05, 2020: Open Education for Water Professionals




  • March 05, 2020 



Seven years ago, during the 2013 Open Education Week, IHE Delft launched the OpenCourseWare platform. Since then 82,533 people have used our Open Educational Resources. In total they viewed over 933,000 pages. The number of Open Educational Resources IHE Delft offers is still growing. A good reason to celebrate that with this webinar during the Open Education Week 2020!

This webinar will look back at the lessons learnt and the achieved impact. We will also look ahead and discuss how Open Education fits within the broader range of educational products that IHE Delft and partner organisations offer, ranging from traditional face to face classes to blended learning and eLearning. We’ll look into how we can combine IHE Delft’s tradition of sharing knowledge for water professionals with responding to the changing needs of our learners and the increasing availability of internet-based tools.

Online and blended education substantially increases access to our educational offering because of lower costs and the flexibility it offers to study self-paced and combine it with work and family. This is especially relevant for our target group of (female) mid-career professionals from the Low and middle income countries in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America & Caribe. In addition, traditional face-to-face education will benefit from the online courses, since learners will be able to study online and make better use of contact time with lecturers (“flip the classroom”).

Furthermore, preparatory online courses allow participants to refresh knowledge of basic topics and learning skills, and obtain the required level to be able to fully benefit from. With eLearning we can offer graduates the possibility to do one or more specialized courses in the years after graduation. Knowledge, insights and technologies relevant to the water sector are continuously evolving. Lifelong learning is an important element in the IHE Delft education programme. Online education and exchange of experience greatly facilitates continuous learning and upgrading of knowledge and skills. Finally, an optimal blend between face-to-face and online can substantially increase accessibility, economize air travel, time and money and reduce IHE Delft’s carbon footprint, an important part of our strategy of greening IHE Delft.


About the Speaker

Dr. Hans van der Kwast is Senior Lecturer in Ecohydrological Modelling at the Water Resources and Ecosystems Department at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. He finished a Master in Physical Geography at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2002 with a specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing.

In 2002 he was appointed at the Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University as an junior lecturer in GIS, lecturing theory and concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing to MSc students. In 2009 he finished his PhD at Utrecht University on the integration of remote sensing in spatial dynamic modelling of soil moisture using open source software and open data. During his previous work at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Belgium he participated in projects related to water quality, land-use change modelling and the use of remote sensing for urban applications.

Since April 2012 he is appointed as a lecturer at IHE Delft. In his teaching and capacity-development projects he actively promotes the use of open source tools and open data by young professionals from the water sector in the Global South. For this purpose he has developed free and commercial educational products and is coordinating eLearning with partners of IHE Delft. He is a QGIS certified lecturer and co-authored the book QGIS for Hydrological Applications. Furthermore he is a board member of the Dutch QGIS User Group.

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