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Henk Dekker Award for Marc Cleiren

Associate Professor Dr. Marc Cleiren (Personal & Professional Development - Honours College FSW) has received the inter-university (Leiden University - TUDelft - Erasmus Rotterdam) Henk Dekker Award for Educational Innovation. Cleiren won the prestigious prize after a selection procedure by a jury consisting of the vice-deans and educational specialists of the 3 universities.

The jury stated that Marc Cleiren received the award:

“..for his work as an educational innovator pur sang. In his approach, Marc highlights support for students in important development decisions with principles of self-regulation, enabling more autonomy, agency, purpose, and the development of a personal vision on one’s own path of learning. By combining expertise from psychology, learning sciences, and responsible data-science the work of Marc is an outstanding example of interdisciplinary work for education and research.”

'Learning My Way' innovation

Before the ceremony, Marc Cleiren discussed the future of Higher Education in the perspective of very recent Artificial Intelligence developments. Against this backdrop he presented his blended Learning My Way innovation, that is currently piloted at several faculties of Leiden University and educational settings at other educational institutions. 

Among the audience

The award, accompanied by a specially crafted statue (by artist Gerreke van Veen) was handed out by Henk Dekker, co-founder and, first director of CEL (the interuniversity Centre for Education and Learning), in the presence of representatives of board members of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and Leiden University’s Vice Rector Magnificus Prof Hester Bijl.

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