Reflection with/on EdTech

The first-ever LDE CEL Gathertown Annual Meeting on December 14th had Reflection on/with EdTech as a theme. In TU Delfts’ virtual Teaching Lab we welcomed nearly 80 visitors whose avatars walked around and attended keynotes and workshops and were able to interact in between.

GatherTown Annual Meeting

After being welcomed by Marcus Specht, who reflected on CEL’s near past and future,  Dr Martine Baars (department of Phychology, Education & Child studies, ESSB) reflected on all the  work she and her colleagues did in helping students to develop Self-regulated Learning (SRL). Can SRL supported? If so, how? These and more questions are answered in her keynote.

Visual Martine Baars
Visual made by Mark van Huystee reflecting Martine Baars her keynote.

Then participants could choose between 5 workshops:

  • Reframing Education, the quantified student, by Eric Slaats (Fontys Hogeschool) - Presentation Eric Slaats
  • Online Teaching by Calvin Rans (TU Delft, faculty of Aerospace Engineering) - Presentation Calvin Rans
  • ErasmusX Gamification & Learning by Alexander Whitcomb & Koen Swinnen of the Erasmus University
  • Chatbots for Goal Setting and student well-being by Gabrielle Martins van Jaarsveld (LDE-CEL) and Ujwal Gadiraju (TU Delft)
  • Blended Learning by Wiebe Dijkstra, Teaching & Learning Services TU Delft - Presentation Wiebe Dijkstra

After a short break Donald Clark from the University of Derby in the UK shared his thoughts about Artificial Intelligence in Education. AI changes Everything - AI is already used by almost all learners in the form of search and mediated interfaces. It is also being used to create, deliver and curate learning experiences.

visual Donald clark
Visual made by Mark van Huystee reflecting Donald Clark his keynote.

After lunch and walking around in the virtual Teaching Lab visitors could choose from 4 workshops:

The last keynote of the day was from Anique de Bruin of Maastricht University and updated us on her research about students’ self-regulation of desirable difficulties.

visual Anique
Visual made by Mark van Huystee reflecting Anique de Bruin her keynote.

The meeting was concluded with the Henk Dekker Award Ceremony. This year the selection committee had to make a difficult decision… From six excellent innovators they had to choose one.

The six nominees and their projects are:

  • Aris Politopoulos (Archaeology faculty, Leiden) - The use of playful methodologies in academic education. He has been extensively using video games to teach various archaeological topics.
  • Eduardo Mendes (TNW TUD, Chemical Engineering) - Eduardo is the initiator of the course Art, Empathy & Ethics, and director of the Specialisation “Awareness & Culture”, part of the Interfaclty Honours Program.
  • Isabel Awad (ESHCC, Media & Communication) - Development of the interdisciplinary platform Learning for Equality, challenging students to critically reflect on the societal impact of their work and find ways to communicate results to a broader public. 
  • Mijke Slot (ESHCC, Media & Communication) - Dr Slot considers educational innovation as a mindset of constant improvement. She contributed to the first Erasmus MOOC (Serious Gaming), transformed a theoretical seminar course to a challenge based course and was teaching in a blended way far before Corona crisis. Her own online portfolio is integrated in Canvas and can be found here.
  • Carlijn Bergwerff (FSW, Pedagogische Wetenschappen) - Using Virtual Reality to train students in conversation techniques in order to learn how to handle complex situations in a safe environment.
  • Anne de Pagter (Erasmus MC) - Initiated evidence based programmes MATCH1 and Challenge & Support 2 to stimulate doctors to keep on developing (LLL)

Henk Dekker beeldThe committee was not able to select one winner. Carlijn Bergwerff and Eduardo Mendes both won the 2021 Henk Dekker award, that was handed out by Rob Mudde,  who emphasized the importance of constantly recognizing educational innovators at the universities.

Congratulations Carlijn & Eduardo!




We had a wonderful and inspiring day and hope you feel the same, the website will be updated with presentations and recordings of the day. So keep an eye on our page. 

1. Presentation LDE-CEL - Marcus Specht (15.1 MB)
2. Presentation - Martine Baars (2.1 MB)
3. Presentation Workshop - Erik Slaats (8.69 MB)
4. Presentation Workshop - Calvin Rans (4.93 MB)
5. Presentation Workshop - Wiebe Dijkstra (3.36 MB)
6. Presentation Workshop - Nesse van der Meer (2.37 MB)
7. Presentation Workshop - Manuel Valle Torre - Jacqueline Wong (1.49 MB)
8. Presentation Workshop - Gillian Saunders, Gitte van Helden & Vivian van der Werf (896.56 KB)
9. Presentation Keynote - Anique de Bruin (3.36 MB)