Evidence Based Research

Challenge Based-Learning (CBL)

is an educational concept where students work in interdisciplinary teams and engage with authentic and open-ended problems that require entrepreneurial acting and design thinking, to collaboratively develop a solution of societal relevance (Malmqvist, Rådberg, & Lundqvist, 2015; van den Beemt et al., 2020).

CBL and student entrepreneurship are at the core of TU/e innovation Space. We aim to create structural changes in education by developing, implementing, and evaluating Challenge-Based Learning initiatives and fostering students’ entrepreneurship.
As part of this continuous effort, the role of the research cluster is to conduct extensive research on the viability, desirability, and feasibility of CBL in a variety of contexts. The goal is arriving at insights that can guide the design and upscaling of CBL initiatives.

Evidence-based research 

TU/e innovation Space is a collaboration hub where educators, industry partners, research institutes, and students work together finding solutions to societal challenges. This, together with the central services and facilities that TU/e innovation Space offers, provides an excellent basis to perform evidence-based research on CBL and students’ entrepreneurship.
Current work includes research on assessment practices in inter-program CBL, interdisciplinarity in CBL education, exploring characteristics of CBL for different types of courses, and the role of teachers in CBL. 
Moreover, the research cluster also aims to set up connections/collaboration with research institutes and programs (for challenge collection and/or educational innovation research). The cluster supports the development of a roadmap, in close connection with the TU/e CBL task force, on the need for further experiments and evidence-based research within TU/e and across higher education in general.

Researchers at TU/e innovation Space

Isabelle Reymen – Full professor & Scientific Director, Comenius Leadership Fellow

Ana Valencia Cardona – educational / postdoctoral researcher

Kerstin Helker – Comenius educational researcher

Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway – Comenius educational researcher

Associate researchers

Marisol Velasco Montañez – doctoral researcher (IE&IS)

Jan Vermunt – Full professor (ESoE)

Birgit Pepin – Full professor (ESoE)

Antoine van den Beemt – Associate professor (ESoE)

Miguel Bruns – Associate Professor (ID)


Fostering challenge-based learning through TU/e innovation Space - Comenius Leadership 
Fellowship by the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) 

Assessment of Interdisciplinary Challenge-Based Learning

Innovation space - Intelligent Lighting (completed)

Preparing engineering students for tomorrows challenges: Investigating challenges to 
support interdisciplinarity

TU/e innovation Space Research Seminars

Ana Valencia – Issues Influencing Assessment Practices of Inter-Program Challenge-Based 
Learning in Engineering Education (17 September 2020)

Marisol Velasco – Strategies of Entrepreneurial Universities (21 January 2021)

Recent publications and outputs

Valencia, A., Bruns, M., Reymen, I., & Pepin, B. E. (2020). Issues Influencing Assessment 
Practices of Inter-Program Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) in Engineering Education: The 
Case of ISBEP At TU/e innovation Space. Paper presented at the SEFI 2020 Annual 
Conference Online: Engaging Engineering Education.

Pepin, B., & Kock, Z.-J. (2020). Student use of mathematics resources in Challenge-Based 
Learning versus traditional courses. Mathematics Education in the Digital Age (MEDA), 279-
286. Assessment practices in inter-program CBL education: 
the case of the innovation space 
bachelor end project