Digital educational resources Education & IT

Students and lecturers should be able to easily access a rich collection of digital educational resources in one place, be it from publishers or higher education institutions. One national infrastructure makes this possible.


Our Goal

  • Students and instructors can access an optimal mix of educational resources - consisting of open, semi-open, and commercial materials - anytime, anywhere. These educational resources are easy to find in a single spot.

How do we realise this goal?

Open bibliotheek met hele hoge boekenwand en werkende studenten


Good practices open leermaterialen

Exploit the opportunities of digital educational resources

What challenges do institutions face in using digital educational resources in practice?

  • How do you form a vision on digital educational resources?
  • How do you organise your organisation to support and stimulate the instructor in this process?
  • What technology do you need?
  • How can an instructor in the practice work with digital educational resources?

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Studenten in gesprek

edusources - THE platform for digital educational resources

With edusources, SURF provides a safe and reliable platform with a diverse range of digital educational resources. This is the place where instructors and students can share and reuse digital open educational resources.

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Open leermaterialen

Getting started with open educational resources

Do you want to make educational resources accessible to everyone? Start by going through our step-by-step plans (roadmaps) that offer support for various disciplines within education.

  • Introduction
  • Policy
  • Self-development and sharing
  • Professional community
  • Quality model
  • Technical vocabulary
  • Workshop development

SURFsharekit: the online repository for higher education

Store your educational resources digitally and sustainably and make them freely available through SURFsharekit, the repository service for higher education.

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Sharing and reusing

Volwassenen in gesprek in een creatieve ruimte

National platform for digital educational resources

SURF is launching edusources. With edusources, teachers and students can easily find and reuse digital educational resources for their teaching or study.

Want to know more?

Twee studenten aan tafel achter een laptop in de bibliotheek

Open and Online Education Incentive Scheme

Various professional communities are building up collections of OERs, partly thanks to funding via the Open and Online Education Incentive Scheme.

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Stimuleringsregeling open leermaterialen

Projecten leermaterialen delen en hergebruiken

Diverse vakcommunity's delen en hergebruiken leermaterialen dankzij de Stimuleringsregeling open en online onderwijs - pijler Open leermaterialen.

Bekijk de projecten

Sharing and reusing

CopyRIGHT project: ensuring copyright compliance when reusing learning materials

As a lecturer, do you want to use articles, scientific papers and other texts in your courses while ensuring copyright compliance? We’re developing a tool that gives you insight into the reuse of digital materials, including scientific content.

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Symbool CopyRIGHT
Studente aan het werk achter computer met veel documenten en aantekeningen voor zich all about copyright issues acts as a single point of reference for education staff, instructors, students and researchers to find reliable information on issues relating to copyright.

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Educational practice

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The professional community Information Literacy leads by example

The professional community Information Literacy, in which librarians are united, shares its own educational resources. Harrie van der Meer, chair of the professional community, explains why sharing is important and what role edusources plays.

Read the article (In Dutch) 

Videos openleermaterialen in de praktijk

Be inspired by enthusiastic teachers

There are plenty of reasons for teachers to start working with OERs. These instructors believe in sharing knowledge. (in Dutch)

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Marja Versantvoort in de les

Educational resources for the Bachelor of Nursing now available nationwide

The best thing about the project, I think, is that there is such a huge need for it," says Marja Versantvoort, project manager, on making educational resources for the Bachelor of Nursing available nationwide.

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SURF Communities

Special Interest Group Open education

Are you working on the development of online education and/or Open Educational Resources (OERs)? Or do you want to support instructors in this process? Get in touch with other experts in the Special Interest Group (SIG) Open Education. In order to increase and stimulate openness in higher education together.

To the community

SURF Communities
Open ruimte in bibliotheek met studenten

Task Force Libraries Open & Online Education

What is the role of the library in open and online education? The experts in this community increase their knowledge in 5 theme groups.

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