Acceleration plan for educational innovation with ICT

The Netherlands Association of Universities, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and SURF jointly present a four-year acceleration plan for educational innovation with ICT.

Teamfoto aanvoerders Versnellingsplan

Within the individual institutions and in collaboration with other research universities and universities of applied sciences, this plan offers the scope for making substantial gains in the area of digitalisation.

Opportunities for higher education

Digitalisation offers a great deal of opportunity for higher education in the Netherlands. It can contribute to the quality of education and strengthen the international position of higher education. The Acceleration Plan is based on 3 shared ambitions:

  1. Better connection to the job market
  2. Making education more flexible
  3. Learn smarter and better by using technology

8 acceleration zones

The Acceleration Plan is divided into 8 acceleration zones in which 40 research universities and universities of applied sciences work together. A leader from one of the institutions directs the acceleration team with its representatives from the participating institutions.

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The leaders in the 8 zones are:

  1. Facilitating professional development for lecturers - Kim Schildkamp (University of Twente) and Ronald Spruit (Avans University of Applied Sciences) 
  2. Better connection to the job market - Ellen van den Berg (Saxion University of Applied Sciences)
  3. Making education more flexible - Paul den Hertog (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) & Ulrike Wild (Wageningen University & Research)
  4. Towards (open) educational resources - Robert Schuwer (Fontys University Of Applied Sciences)
  5. Secure and reliable use of learning data - Theo Bakker (VU Amsterdam)
  6. Evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT - Fleur Prinsen (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences)
  7. Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech - Timo Kos (TU Delft)
  8. Heading towards acceleration together - Theo Bastiaens (Open University) & Jet de Ranitz (Inholland University of Applied Sciences)

    Steering group Acceleration plan

    Stuurgroep Versnellingsplan Onderwijsinnovatie met ICT

    Hester Bijl,  Erwin Bleumink, Eline van Hove, Roos van Leeuwen, Arthur Mol, Anka Mulder, Hans Nederlof en Jantina Walraven.


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