Digital Learning and Working Environment
Almost every student and instructor is now online every day, and they utilise an electronic learning environment and educational resources in digital form, for example a digital portfolio. But research universities and universities of applied sciences are aware that the educational landscape is changing. Many higher education institutions are now considering what kind of digital learning and working environment they should have and how it should be designed.
The future of Digital Learning and Working Environments
Working with the educational institutions, SURF is developing a clear scenario for the future of digital learning and working environments (DLWEs). A scenario will help institutions work out their strategy aimed at providing a variety of services for both students and instructors. To help research universities and universities of applied sciences with this scenario, we have developed scenarios for DLWEs. These services provide answers to the institutions’ questions and meet their need for flexible access to a variety of matters: information, supervision, learning resources, tests (and results), a portfolio, communication, etc. Students and instructors will be given access by means of various devices and applications, and these will also be shared between the institutions.
‘Learning without Borders’
The Learning without Borders programme offers institutions various perspectives for the digital learning and working environment of the future. SURF facilitates the discussion. We will be carrying out a number of surveys and foresight studies in the course of 2010.These are some examples of activities within the DLWE programme Learning without Borders:
- Experiments in which the DLWE can help with quality assurance
- Linking dyslexia software to various learning environments
- Use of digital tests and testing software within the learning environment
- Experimenting with innovative services that assist students and instructors with the teaching/learning process within institutions
The results of these activities are the starting point for a long-term plan that SURF is drawing up in close consultation with the educational institutions. We are making targeted choices for the details of the programme.
For more information about the Digital Learning and Working Environments, Christien Bok, T +31 (0)30 234 6658.