Evidence-Based Education Innovation Research


TU/e innovation Space is a collaboration hub where educators, industry partners, research institutes, and students work together creating 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 education innovation and student entrepreneurship.

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).

At TU/e innovation Space, we aim to create structural changes in education by developing, implementing, and evaluating CBL initiatives and fostering students’ entrepreneurial competences. As part of this continuous effort, the role of the research team of TU/e innovation Space 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.

Current work includes research on assessment practices in inter-program CBL, exploring characteristics of CBL for different types of courses, the role of teachers in CBL, competency development, and entrepreneurial engineering education. Moreover, the research team also aims to set up connections/collaboration with educational programs and research institutes. Together with the TU/e CBL Research Community, we support the development of a roadmap, in close connection with the TU/e CBL task force, on the need for further experiments and research within TU/e and across higher education in general.

Research Team TU/e innovation Space

TU/e associate researchers

Key Research Output

  • Creating a Learning Ecosystem for Developing, Sustaining, and Disseminating CBL: the Case of TU/e innovation Space

    Isabelle Reymen, Miguel Bruns, Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway, Kerstin Helker, Ana Valencia Cardona, Jan Vermunt

  • Tomorrow’s challenges for today’s students: challenge-based learning and interdisciplinarity SEFI Conference Proceedings (2021)

    Antoine van den Beemt & Miles MacLeod

  • Issues Influencing Assessment Practices of Inter-Program Challenge-Based Learning in Engineering Education: The Case of ISBEP at TU/e innovation Space (2020) - SEFI Conference Proceedings

    Ana Valencia, Miguel Bruns, Isabelle Reymen, Birgit Pepin