How do I teach

Teaching Principles

To deliver a research driven teaching with up-to-date content, methods and purposes. To provide an academic education that is both theoretical, methodical and practical. To advance the development of technological innovations relying on the different subjects I teach. I believe it is very important to replace narrow academic divisions with wide, multidisciplinary themes.

The focus of my teaching is on projects that deliver innovative systems, products or services. To do so I am relying on competencies to develop knowledge, know-how and expertise of my students and in a research-led integration of contemporary knowledge into my teaching.

Learning Competencies

Ensuring learning opportunities where competencies are defined explicitly and paths for development are multiple. Moving away from curriculum composed of standardised and traditional formats of modules, term times and examinations.

A competency is discipline-specific and is a set of knowledge, know-how and expertise needed to perform a task. Competencies are first relying on an individual traits and characteristics, as well as background and past experience. Competencies are then the result of integrating learning of knowledge, know-how and expertise. Competencies within different disciplines or contexts will require a different combination of knowledge, know-how and expertise.

A competency development can be verified and assessed by demonstration. As such competencies are transparent and learning outcomes are easily verifiable.

Self Assessment & Criticism

Developing various competencies that are relevant to a discipline is not enough. Students have also to be capable of self assessment and of critical review of their work and progress. To do so, students need to report the followings in relation to the period covered by the Self Assessment & Criticism (making sure that there are plenty of evidences in the form of links to the actual work):

For each competency developed, make sure to have analysis and learning evidences, including strengthts and weaknesses. At the end of the reporting add a one sentence summary:

  1. Task(s) they have completed with a short description and a hyperlink to their website/blog.
  2. Extracurricular activities they have been involved in and how they are relevant to their development.
  3. The learning goals for competencies development they have set for themselves.
  4. The growth within the discipline(s) covered and the knowledge and skills integration.


I was inspired by the paper from R.A. VOORHEES paper on Competency-Based Learning Models. It is also based from my years at the Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.