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Jochem Goedhals


educational designer & teamlead

A founding partner, Jochem strongly believes that schools should be anything but boring, that’s why he set out on a mission to totally re-design the learning experience. A fast multitasker, his energy is contagious and very hard to miss. When not designing workshops or iterating curriculums, he uses his degree in engineering to build stuff, like a very own family-caravan to escape into free nature.

Jochem Goedhals


educational designer & teamlead

A founding partner, Jochem strongly believes that schools should be anything but boring, that’s why he set out on a mission to totally re-design the learning experience. A fast multitasker, his energy is contagious and very hard to miss. When not designing workshops or iterating curriculums, he uses his degree in engineering to build stuff, like a very own family-caravan to escape into free nature.

Peter Biekens


educational designer &
program lead - master dte

A specialist in creative problem solving skills, called Brainnovation, Peter instinctively knows what’s needed in the design process. When not building Pulsed, he loves exploring the beautiful hills of Nijmegen on his mountain bike, of course with some good music for company.

Erik Frey


educational designer &
program lead - empower

Calm on the outside, a full speed idea factory inside, Erik possess a 24hr creative mentality. He truly believes in empowering his students by helping them uncover the true talents hidden in their authenticity.

Lorna Minkman


philosopher, personal and professional identity expert & coach

A seasoned coach with expertise in personal and professional identity, Lorna’s focus lies on talent development and personal growth. A philosopher, passionate reader, writer of children’s books and a happy granny with flair for knitting, She strongly believes that every human is unique and is capable of transferring this uniqueness for a better world.

Elkie Blokhuis-Oerlemans

personal and professional identity expert & coach

As a personal identity and development coach, Elkie loves to see her students get to know themselves better and achieve things they thought they couldn’t. Her own coaches described her as a calm, structured person with great sense of humour. In her free time she enjoys going on walks with her family, reading books and kicking arse in tennis.

Davey Smulders

art director & graphic designer

A Graduate in Digital publications and Multi-media graphic design, Davey’s interest lie at the intersection of advertising, print publications and product design. As a kid his passion for drawing fuelled him to explore the myriad possibilities in graphics. Now, more a native of creative cloud, he can still sometimes be seen with a pencil sketching new tattoo designs to expand his collection of self-designed ink. When not behind a screen, he’s always up for some Urbex (Urban exploring) across the border or going out with friends to discover new and interesting beers.

Scott Ruigrok

ux/ui designer & developer

Scott finished a bachelor in ICT, works on all ICT projects that support Pulsed, but still doesn’t like it when he is called ‘the IT guy’. He is working hard to change the stereotype that it brings. With his interest in design and passion for interaction and user experience he is on the right track. When not working on projects he can be found cooking it up in the kitchen, going out for a hike or a bike ride, playing basketball or rugby, doing yoga or going to the park to read a nice book.

Steffie Ballemans


design-based working expert

A driven educational designer with solid degrees in fine art, design and education, Steffie blends art and technology effortlessly. When not encouraging her students to push the boundaries, she loves exploring Europe with nothing more than her motorbike and a tent. Fun Fact: Not a day goes by when she doesn’t wear a brooch from her crazy collection.

Sandra Bedaf


practice-based research expert

An enthusiastic researcher with a passion for human robot interaction, Sandra has a background in Industrial Design Engineering and a PhD in care robotics. Outside of Pulsed you’re likely to find her at a local theatre; in the audience as well as on stage with “de bend van Oz”. Dancing and singing make her extremely happy.

Bart Roosenboom

learning outcomes expert

An analytical and creative educational designer who loves to solve the puzzle of what education should lead to and how to effectively measure whether it was achieved. Bart has served as assessment advisor for many programs within and outside of Fontys. In his free-time he likes to play to musical improvisation theatre.

Jeroen Keijzers


business & innovation expert

Being a driven and analytical innovation management & business expert, Jeroen has his roots in the intersection of industrial engineering and industrial design. As passionate as it gets, whether it comes to coaching students, practice-based research or challenging multi-stakeholder projects, Jeroen gets it done. When it’s time to put his mind to rest, he is always fond of playing board games, taking care of his ever-growing collection of plants or seeking the thrill in rollercoaster rides.

Zeynep Gürsel

art director & graphic designer

Zeynep finds inspiration in society and its ways of communication. With her roots in Graphic Design, she wrote her masters dissertation on social media usage and addiction. She was born and raised in the transition era that had the last chance to taste the ‘romantic’ and non-digital ways of communication without the internet. Amazed by the duality of existence in both worlds, she strives to make her work both physical and digital. Before 2007 you didn’t know her, today you can find her @zepzey. Aside from designing, she loves sharing Turkish sayings and a furious game of ping-pong.

Jasper Eikmeier

maker & prototype expert

How do  things around us even work? And how would I be able to create them myself? Questions like these is what keeps Jasper up at night. Enthusiastic designer, maker, and educator, he is always ready to explore new technologies, production techniques and creative designs. Learning-by-doing is an absolute must in Jasper's workshops and lectures! When Jasper is not trying out new techniques and constructions, he’s likely to be out traveling, eating interesting dishes or visiting scrapyards to expand his collection of materials.

Ellen Koop

(re)boost coach

As a work psychologist, Ellen is passionate about guiding and facilitating personal and professional development. She works in various settings as an educational designer, researcher and coach. She loves discovering people’s talent and exploring with them how they can use it in a meaningful way. During this process, she stimulates people to look beyond the boundaries of their own expertise and organisation. In the off-hours, she is always up for a peaceful walk in the forest, an exciting escaperoom or a beautiful theater show.

Stella Lo Giudice


program lead - embrace & digital technology expert

Innovation and technology enthusiast, driven Biomedical Engineer, Stella has a strong passion for wearable devices, smart algorithms and data analysis. Her goal is to make innovation accessible to students and let them experience the potential of the techn-world we live in. When she is not nerding around, you can most likely find her at the gym lifting weights, or in the kitchen unleashing her Italianness.

Gert van der Stelt

personal and professional identity expert & coach

Having worked as an English teacher, personal coach, surfing instructor, educational designer and publisher, Gert has been active in different fields that all come together at Pulsed. His strengths lie in having genuine interest in every person he speaks to, creating safe spaces to develop in, and sharing the enthusiasm he naturally has. Often times you can find him outside where he surfs, bikes, climbs or peacefully lays in the grass, dreaming away.

Linn Kennes

organization expert & teamcoach

Why do we do the things we do and how can we improve them? As a team and organization coach Linn is all about optimizing processes, improving the way of working and setting up clear, lean and mean structures. Her knowledge and background in communication makes for a solid base so she can get everyone aligned and on the same page. When Linn is not structuring others she’s working on projects in and around her own house, plowing around the garden and going on crazy adventures with her little kid.

Jop van Laanen

maker & prototype expert

A real hard-to-the-core technical guy, always busy creating new tools and improving everything he gets his hands on. Meet Jop, the critical but sometimes stubborn, soon-to-be graduated electrical engineer with a special talent of consistently finding the right solution to the problems related to his hardware-based mindset. With a background in industrial automation and product design, Jop now builds anything from prototypes to full-on toolkits and constructions to better the environment and technical knowledge of the students. When he finally puts down the tools, you’re likely to spot him on his outside walk, either with or without the scouting kids he guides, or in the local bar having a blast with his friends.

Romy de Kruijf

event organiser & coach

A fascination for humans, a passion for providing support, driven by creativity and solution-based thinking. That is what makes Romy the solid coach she is. Combined with her understanding of concepting, personal branding and leadership, Romy is not afraid to step in the role of event- and or floormanager. When not preparing her coaching sessions she is either getting her hands dirty while preparing some lovely dishes or fixing up old cars.

Jeffrey Kauffeld

graphic designer & photographer

The face behind the lens, the guy that puts a thousand words in an image. Jeffrey is your guy for high quality photography as well as graphic design and for being the positive energy in the room. Always on time due to his large collections of premium watches which also fuels his passion for product photography. Aside from being a creative mind he puts his energy into his favorite videogames and playing airsoft with friends.

Susanne van den Wildenberg

educational designer &
program lead - empower vo/mbo

A driven educational designer who loves to spark the energy to get processes going! Susanne is a creative thinker but also a pragmatic doer. Once the goal for change is set, she is determined to achieve it. With a wide range in educational roles and responsibilities from the front end to the back end she now steps into the game of pulsed. When she is not guiding students or connecting to new co-creators, you will find her cooking a lovely meal or dreaming about the next mountain to climb.

Mathijs van Gageldonk

product & service designer

One with a broad educational background in construction & architecture, anatomy & physiology and design. Mathijs always had his focus on combining these assets in the context of social design. He believes designing for the people and to strive for a better society is one of the most important aspects of design. Now an expert in the field of makership and product design you can still find him outside of work enjoying cinematic masterpieces or playing board games with friends, preferably with a good crafts beer. It is the aspect of creativity, storytelling and attention to details, what he finds interesting.

design-based learning
+ what it is+ what it means to us+ how we use it+ relevant programs
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what design-based learning is

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.

what design-based learning means to us

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.

Design-Based Learning

Group Fontys Pulsed students people during a brainstorm of a project in Embrace

design-based learning environment

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.

how we use design-based learning in our programs

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.

Design-Based Learning puzzle pieces for Fontyspulsed

our design-based learning programs

Find the programs below in which we use the design-based learning approach.

Fontys Pulsed Embrace alumni listening intently
not a minor
a major leap

Embrace TEC: Technology + Entrepreneurship + Creativity is our hot and popular international program that blends cultures, disciplines and experiences. We are enrolling now.

  • 1 semester
  • two semesters per year
  • blended education
  • full credits: 30 ECTS
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change the
course of life

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.

  • 1 semester
  • start moment every 3 weeks
  • 30 ECTS study load
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Fontys Pulsed Embrace alumni pitching his project
Fontys Pulsed Embrace alumni building a prototype using Lego Mindstorm
to design
the future

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.

  • master of science degree
  • practice-based research
  • two years - 120 ECTS
  • full-time program
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be the creator
of tomorrow

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.

find out more on fontys.nlmasters DTI
Two young ladies building a prototype during the Associate degree of Engineering
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