WHY U? Paul Westeneng

Who are U?

I am Paul Westeneng; I work as an independent Learning Programme Designer at Learn2grow.nl.

What do U live for?

I believe that a lot of learning in schools as well as universities is inefficient and ineffective and often even boring. My drive is to change this. Students should be able to learn the right things at the right time, integrate knowledge and skills and learn together with other and with a lot of fun.

Why did U choose U.NXT?

Actually U.NXT chose me; but when I saw the initial presentations of U.NXT, I thought this matches exactly the way I think about learning. I want to be part of this and be a part of changing Higher Education.

What do U do for U.NXT? 

I am responsible for the design of the learning programme for Data Science and Technology. Besides this I support my learning design colleagues as much as possible to develop a well-balanced programme as a team effort.

What does creativity mean to U?

For me, creativity is related to out-of-the-box-thinking;  to innovation. I also believe that creativity is hardly ever an individual process. Creativity is therefore also about interaction with others and their beliefs and ideas.

What does business mean to U?

I prefer to talk about entrepreneurial thinking instead of business. Entrepreneurial thinking is about seeing and developing new ways to do things and about convincing others to come along. This is important not only as  a self-employed entrepreneur, but also when working in a large business and even when you want to contribute to a good cause to make this world a better place.

What does education mean to U?

Education is about properly preparing a student for life. I believe the only way to do this is to bring life into education. Therefore an educator is not the one who knows all, but is a facilitator for learning and facilitate students to test and enhance their learning by tackling real-life problems. Not in isolation, but together with others.

How do U see the future? 

I have a positive feeling about the future. Although there are a lot of problems in today’s world, I also see the huge power of interconnected passionate minds and how they can bring about a solution to about everything.

Why should I join U.NXT?

If you don’t want to learn just for exams and promptly forget what you ‘learned’ the day after. But instead, if you do want to learn to apply your knowledge, to work together with your fellow students to create something that you never could have done alone, to make a difference together? Well, then you should join U.NXT.

What motto do U have for me? 

Join U.NXT and become a forever student of life.