Controlling the digital learning environment

How do you formulate a vision of the learning environment, what is a modular learning environment, and what integration issues are involved? Find practical checklists, manuals, tools, practical examples, and key concepts developed by colleagues at educational institutions together with SURF.

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Technology of the digital learning environment

The digital learning environment of the future is not an all-in-one solution, but seems to be a coherent set of different services and applications that flexibly support students and instructors in the learning process and education, and that meets their needs. What technology do you need for a digital learning environment?

Open standards and the digital learning environment

Open standards are widely used within digital learning environments. But which standards do you ask for when you want to purchase educational applications? We made a video that gives an insight into the most common open standards in the digital learning environment and explains which choices you can make for a future-proof and flexible learning environment.

A flexible and personalised learning environment. A modular functional model

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This publication describes the data and functionalities of the components in the digital learning environment, how they relate to one another, and what standards are necessary in order for them to work together as a whole.

Download the publication (in Dutch)

Visit the wiki for the technical workbook (in Dutch)

SURF innovation projects

SURF wishes to support institutions in gaining a better understanding of the organisation and technology of a digital learning environment. The aim is to ensure that the learning environment meets the changing needs of education and users, now and in the future.

Development of LTI launcher

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SURF has developed an LTI launcher with which it is possible to start up LTI applications from various locations within the digital learning environment. With the LTI launcher, SURF wants to show that it is also possible to start up LTI applications from, for example, your own portal. This requires a connection to an OIDC service that manages identities, and to the LTI launcher, in which contexts (such as a course, project or other collection of resources with a common set of users and roles) are stored. 

Want to know more?

For more information about the LTI launcher please contact Jasmijn Jacobs-Wijn at

SURF demo of the modular learning environment

The modular learning environment is not yet available on the market. SURF has therefore built a demo environment of the personal and flexible learning environment. In 2017 and 2018, various suppliers and institutions worked on this. A number of suppliers tried to get their products working in pilots by finding a solution for the integration issues that arise when linking up with the modular learning environment. They have done this in the SURF demo environment in which relevant standards such as LTI, xAPI, LIS, OOAPI, and SAML/VOOT can be implemented and tested. At the Challenge Day 2017 and Challenge day 2018, the suppliers and institutions shared their experiences.

Lessons learned of the SURF demo of the modular learning environment