DRIL Fund: Supporting Educational Innovation
DRIL = Digital Resources for Instruction and Learning
The vice-presidency for education created the DRIL fund to support teachers in creating digital resources for education. Two calls for proposal are organised per year. An editorial committee composed of representatives from schools evaluates the projects.
The vice-presidency wishes to strengthen the use of digital resources in teaching basic polytechnic skills (math, physics, computational thinking) and core concepts in science and engineering (e.g. control systems and fluid dynamics for mechanical engineers; electromechanical conversion and electronics for microtechnics).
NEW. Open your courses. To augment EPFL’s open educational resources offering, the DRIL fund supports teachers in adapting / transforming their existing course material. You can obtain funding to hire up to one month of teaching assistant to help you adapt the course material, e.g. redraw figures, obtain copyright clearance, find open alternatives to replace copyrighted material, etc. The resulting material has to bear a Creative Commons Licence and be made available freely on Moodle (with guest access) or other open channels.
NEW. Create MOOCs from your class recordings. Some classroom or home video recordings are of very good quality (audio, video, easy to segment) and can serve as a basis to produce a MOOC without much additional video recordings.
The DRIL fund can support you in developing quizzes and assignments to augment the existing video material and transform your course into a fully fledged online course to be published on edX or Coursera as well as on the local courseware.epfl.ch platform.
MOOC production can also be produced by the Center for Digital Education for master and doctoral courses when the content preparation is supported by the labs.
Jupyter Notebooks. Jupyter notebooks are used to demonstrate concepts in class, to engage students in interactive extercises, as well as to create interactive textbooks. Have a look at the notebooks that have been developed by your colleagues at EPFL: https://go.epfl.ch/explore-our-educational-notebooks.
NEW. Automatic Graders. Automatic grading of Jupyter notebooks and programming assignments allows to provide quick and detailed feedback to students. The DRIL fund can support you to add grading capabilities to programming exercises (writing unit tests, defining feedback, etc.). For Jupyter notebooks, we are supporting Otter Grader on our centralised Jupyter Hub platform. For other forms of programming assignments, dedicated grading infrastructures are usually maintained by the labs.
Be creative. In addition to MOOCs and Jupyter notebooks, we invite you to develop digital tools that provide more, quicker and richer feedback to students, that help them solve complex problems, give them the possibility to run experiments and link domain knowledge with a computational approach.
Application. We encourage you to coordinate the application with other colleagues who might benefit from the same developments and to discuss your project with your section director. We also recommend that you contact the Center for Digital Education (Patrick Jermann) to assist you in preparing your project application.
Next call for proposal: November 14th 2023. Download the submission form.
|Notebook||Notebooks for signal processing.||Paolo Prandoni|
|Notebook||Interactive Linear Algebra.||Daniel Kressner|
|Notebook||Computational Classroom Demonstrations and Problem sets for Materials Science and Engineering teaching.||Véronique Michaud|
|Notebook||Jupyter Notebooks for first year physics.||Cécile Hébert|
|MOOC||Creation of a MOOC for the course “Information, Computation, and Communication”.||Olivier Lévêque, Martin Rajman|
|Notebook||Understanding Electromagnetism through Interactive Learning and Computational Thinking||Christophe Galland, Cécile Hébert|
|Notebook||Coherent treatment of core concepts in fluid mechanics and heat transfer via a multimodal representation using Jupyter notebooks||François Gallaire, Sophia Haussener, Karen Mulleners, Giulia Tagliabue, Tobias Schneider|
|Notebook||Computational thinking tools for solid state physics courses||Oleg Yazyev, Henrik Ronnow|
|Tool||Open-ended project design companion||Marc Laperrouza, Marius Aeberli|
|MOOC||Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems||Matthias Finger|
|MOOC||Advanced CECAM Class: Path Integral Methods for Quantum Thermodynamics and Dynamics||Ignacio Pagonbarraga, Michele Ceriotti|
|Tool||FROG – collaborative learning in practice||Pierre Dillenbourg|
|Notebook||Notebooks for Finite Elements of Solids and Structures||Guillaume Anciaux, Jean-François Molinari|
|Notebook||Computational Thinking||Alexandre Alahi|
|Tool||Self-Assessment for Mathematics||François Genoud, Guido Burmeister|
|Tool||Speakup – MCQ questions||Denis Gillet|
|MOOC||MOOC for Analysis I||Joachim Krieger, SMA|
|MOOC and Notebook||Classe inversée – Physique Générale I – Mécanique pour ingénieurs||Cécile Hébert|
|Notebook||IPLAB – Image Processing Laboratories on Noto||Daniel Sage, Pol del Aguila Pla|
|Notebook||Jupyter web applications for quantum simulations||Giovanni Pizzi, Dou Du|
|Notebook||FeedbackNow – Automatic grading and formative feedback for image processing laboratories||Daniel Sage, Pol del Aguila Pla|
|Notebook||Introduction to Machine Learning for Engineers||Alexandre Alahi|
|Notebook||Interactive Virtual Demonstrations for Signals and Systems||Michaël Unser|
|Notebook||Digital tools for structural mechanics and visualization of experimentsand failure surfaces||Dimitrios Lignos|
|MOOC||Statisticalphysics IV||Tobias Kippenberg|
|MOOC||Parallelism and Concurrency in Scala 3||Martin Odersky|
|MOOC||New Space Economy||Volker Gass, Jean-Paul Kneib|
|MOOC||Warmup for EPFL||Simone Deparis, CePro|
|MOOC||Sustainability assessment of urban systems||Claudia Binder, Susan Mühlemeier|
|Tool||Interactive simulations for introductory astrophysics||Frédéric Courbin|
|MOOC||Digitalization in Humanitarian Action||Klaus Schönenberger|
|Notebooks||Jupyter Notebooks for Analyse numérique||Marco Picasso|
|Tool||Virtual spectroscopy laboratory||Mounir Mensi, Berend Smit, Kevin Maik Jablonka, Luc Patiny|
|MOOC||Advanced Timber Plate Structural Design||Aryan Rezaei Rad, Petras Vestartas, Yves Weinand|
|Notebooks||Polyglot notebooks and online lecture notes for core statistics courses||Mats Stensrud, Matthieu Wilhelm, Yoav Zemel|
|Tool||A virtual lab for galactic dynamics||Yves Revaz|
|Tool||Proving and disproving correctness of programming assignments||Viktor Kuncak, Dragana Molovancevic|
|Tool||Digital tools for scalable and blended design thinking activities||Denis Gillet|
|Tool||Online Teaching Tools for Making & Prototyping||Josie Hughes|
|Tool||Interactive simulations for first-year physics (mechanics)||Sylvain Bréchet|
|Notebooks||Digital Cleanroom Notebooks||Jürgen Brugger|