Flexibility in Engineering Education: Student agency and flexible learning trajectories within engineering degree programs

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


How can students’ autonomy be increased so that they can figure out for themselves what they need to learn? How can they become more aware of, and reflective on their own learning trajectory? The aim of this workshop is to identify which (inter) curriculum and course principles facilitate, support, and measurably increase students’ autonomy. In the workshop both organizers and participants will share tips, tricks, experiences, and success and failure factors. Hopefully, the workshop will inspire all to think about (the need for) more flexible engineering education, with students in the lead of their personal learning trajectories.

Increasing diversity among students and the need for diversifying exit profiles within the engineering domain require a more flexible connection between the engineering curriculum on the one hand, and the characteristics and needs of students on the other. This means that higher education institutes must be able to differ in the approach to, and design of courses and programs, allowing students to gain more control over their own learning trajectory. Students’ autonomy can be increased by more flexibility between and within degree programs or in courses.
Period13 Jun 2022
Event title18th International CDIO Conference
Event typeConference
Conference number18
LocationReykjavik, IcelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Diversity
  • Flexibility
  • Self-directed learning
  • Curriculum design
  • Autonomy
  • Reflection