Using my New Skills at Work - Eveline Daems

Eveline Daems
The Netherlands

"I love the fact that all that knowledge from reputable international universities is readily available for me to absorb – anytime, anyplace, any device."

Eveline Daems is a Business Analyst working in ICT in the Netherlands. In January 2015 she enrolled in the Professional Education course The Economics of Cybersecurity.

What was your motivation for enrolling in this course?
I enrolled in this course because the topic was especially relevant to my work. TU Delft’s reputation was also an important factor. Online learning means there’s no hassle with traveling and it’s very affordable. I wanted to try something new and learn something different. The estimate of six to eight hours study per week on this course fitted perfectly with my schedule and workload.

Completing this course was of great value in my work as an ICT business analyst. I am currently looking into a future proof solution for Identity and Access Management in which cyber security is a very important component. From the course I’ve acquired knowledge and skills which I am already able to use in my work.

How would you describe your online learning experience?
I loved the whole experience: I get an email to tell me that the course is available; I can log in on any device and it works on all platforms; I can start when it suits me, and stop anytime I want and pick up later. The weekly reminders were excellent – they really encouraged me to carry on. I also found it beneficial to read the other students’ comments on the forum.

The one thing I found challenging was doing peer reviews. I understand that they are necessary because the lecturers are unable to assess all the assignments individually, that’s not humanly possible with so many online students. But I thought, who am I to assess other students’ efforts? I didn’t want to spoil their learning experience because of a wrong review. But in the end it went all right. My contributions proved useful and the feedback I received on my own work was very helpful as well.

In general, I love the fact that all that knowledge from reputable international universities is readily available for me to absorb – anytime, anyplace, any device. It’s great to try something new. I am currently hooked on online education, which is now a major part of my personal development plan at work - I am now committed to follow three MOOCs a year!

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