KOIOS is in its current phase still an experimental research and development project. The methodology used is action research. This means that we will experiment step-by-step towards the long-term vision. Throughout these steps, we will maintain the action research methodology. We will identify issues we may encounter, devise an action plan, implement the action plan (our action plan for the Blockchain Minor is currently implemented) and finally observe and reflect upon the process. As mentioned: even failing this experiment will teach us a lot about innovating education and new digital technologies.
The first step was to integrate the THUAS Blockchain Minor in KOIOS by recording all our content on video and uploading this to the KOIOS website. The content of the Minor, developed by THUAS lecturers in collaboration with multiple field specialists and public & private organisations, is now freely accessible and provides the backbone for the flexible 30 ECT Minor. Simultaneously this material was shared with the Accra Technical University (Ghana), who did their first test run of the Minor in Feb 2020. For students participating in the Minor at THUAS, we use a blended approach and viewing the content online is mandatory and tested before the start of each class. The classroom meetings will then be used to discuss the online content and to dive deeper into the materials. This is an example of combining online learning with onsite learning activities, hopefully ensuring students to receive the best of both. Such a set-up is very flexible and it took us for example almost no effort to switch to a Corona-proof curriculum.