Date : June 16 2020
On the 15th and 16th of June 2020, the University of Technology Eindhoven (TU/e) – responsible for work package 2 – organized the course development workshop. Originally, this workshop was to be held in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) but due to the Covid-19 pandemic this event was transformed to an online event. Organizing online events requires some different attention points. For example, the workshop started in the early morning for the European partners and in the late afternoon for the South-Asian partners (09:00 CEST). Despite the time difference, at least 25 people from all around the world joined the online workshop. The aim of the workshop was to identify and structure the lighting courses to be developed at the partner universities in Vietnam and Myanmar.
The first day started off with a welcome from Juliëtte van Duijnhoven (work package 2 leader) and an introduction round so that everyone got to know each other. Afterwards, the need assessment survey results were presented by Chan Thai (work package 1 leader) followed by parallel sessions. There were parallel sessions per institute (Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, Truong Dai Hoc Thu Dau Mot, Eastern International University, Vietnamese German University, Mandalay Technological University, and Yangon Technological University) chaired by a European partner (Aalto University, Univerza v Ljubljani, or Technische Universiteit Eindhoven). The parallel sessions consisted of in-depth brainstorm sessions in which the order, learning objectives, course content and number of study hours of the lighting courses to be developed were discussed. After the very productive brainstorm sessions, everyone came back together in the plenary meeting and the first day was summarized and closed. The second day started again with parallel sessions to continue working on the structure of the courses to be developed. The day ended with presentations of the results of the brainstorm sessions of the first day and the open action points. At the end of the meeting, next steps within work package 2 were demonstrated.
Most of the attendants looked back at the workshop as a nice, interesting, and fruitful workshop. Of course, it was a pity that this workshop had to be organized online, but we have good hopes we can meet each other face-to-face soon again.