Pulsed’s vision of education is evidence informed based on Design Based Learning (DBL). DBL stands for design-oriented work on solutions to realistic problems, in which students systematically reflect on their learning process. During the realization of their thought of solutions, both product creation and testing play a crucial role. Involving real users and stakeholders at an early stage to collaborate on solving the problem is always a challenge, but it is key for creating actual impact. For example, designing solutions for everyday problems for/with people in wheelchairs, or enhancing the quality of life of demented elderly people for/with caregivers and patients.
We believe that Design-Based Learning (DBL) provides an answer to the question of ‘how does one become a self-directed professional?’ In the last 30 years all kinds of didactic concepts based on the constructivist paradigm have been put into practice. Competence-Based education and forms of Problem-Based Learning are very common today. These student-centered approaches take authentic and realistic situations as the context for learning. However, these approaches have their limitations in the present time when developments are rapid and solutions not readily available.
Our learning environment here at Pulsed is set up to handle these rapid developments. At Pulsed, we delve into a much more iterative way of working. We don't have a generic step-by-step approach to addressing the issues that these rapid developments expose. In this Design-Based Learning approach, all stakeholders involved get a chance to learn by working together on these wicked challenges.
We see Design-Based Learning as an integration of pedagogical and didactic building blocks, which is the promise we make to our students. In other words: These building blocks will be experienced by all students across all Pulsed programs. The buildings blocks of our DBL-approach are: open-ended challenges, student uniqueness: voice and choice, assessment of learning outcomes, Pulsed learning by play & game, make & test with prototypes.
Find the programs below in which we use the design-based learning approach.
Embrace TEC: Technology + Entrepreneurship + Creativity is our hot and popular international program that blends cultures, disciplines and experiences. We are enrolling now.
Empower TEC: Technology + Entrepreneurship + Creativity is one-of-its kind educational program designed for students who have dropped out of their major and are figuring out what the next step will be.
Digital Technology Engineering is our brand new international and professional Master's. A two-year long technical program that tackles the challenges posed by our world's digital transformation.
This Associate degree for Engineering is the latest program in our portfolio and is still being developed. The first starting moment is September 2022.
Once the program is live, we will provide the next generation with a solid start to becoming the professional engineers they want to be.