Organising flexible education Education & IT

Students expect convenience and freedom of choice, to study what they want, in their own time, place and pace. As long as they study, but also develop throughout life. Institutions need to offer the flexibility that students demand, for example by making the educational offer more flexible, facilitating student mobility and issuing digital certificates.


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Our Goal

  • Students and professionals have control over, and responsibility for, their own development. They have the freedom to create their own educational programme, with products from within and outside their own institution. Lifelong development is the new normal.

How do we realise this goal?

Uitdagingen voor het onderwijs

Het organiseren van flexibel(er) onderwijs vraagt om wendbaarheid van een onderwijsorganisatie. Voor welke uitdagingen staan instellingen?

  • Inrichting van onderwijsorganisatie
  • Presentatie onderwijsaanbod van de eigen en andere instellingen
  • Eenvoudig inschrijfproces met 1 identiteit
  • Digitale certificaten voor opgedane kennis en ervaring

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Nationale aanpak voor flexibel onderwijs

Welke wensen heeft de student op het gebied van flexibilisering van het onderwijs? En welke oplossingen worden al geboden? Bekijk de nationale aanpak van SURF om flexibel onderwijs voor de student te organiseren.

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Educational logistics

What does flexible(er) education require from the educational organisation?

Organising education in a flexible way has a major impact on the organisation of educational logistics processes. If you start working with flexibility and as a result change the way you organise your education, this will automatically lead to adjustments in education logistics.

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SURF Communities

Sharing challenges within the community

Are you working on gaining insight into educational processes within your institution? Ask your questions and share your experiences within the special interest group (SIG) Educational Logistics and come up with solutions together with other experts.

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Student mobility

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Student mobility pilot with UU, TU/e and WUR

The UU, TU/e and WUR are participating in a pilot project within the Studentmobiliteit project of the zone Flexibilisation of the Acceleration Plan. They are experimenting with the exchange of educational supply data within SURF's infrastructure in order to promote student mobility across educational and institutional boundaries.

Read more on the website Versnellingsplan


Follow minor studies at other colleges and universities with Kies Op Maat

Kies Op Maat offers a wide range of education from 27 universities of applied sciences and 4 universities. Students simply register for a minor or course at another educational institution.

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Open Education API: the way to flexible education

The Open Education API is an open standard for sharing educational data. Using this API, institutions make useful information available via apps, such as information about curricula, grades, and timetables.

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Pilot Studentmobiliteit met UU, TU/e en WUR

3 universiteiten experimenteren met het uitwisselen van onderwijsaanbod-data binnen de infrastructuur van SURF om de studentmobiliteit over opleidings- en instellingsgrenzen heen te bevorderen.

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Unique student identity

1 digital student identity to support lifelong development

The ambition is that in the future, students will be able to use eduID - during and after their studies - to log in easily and securely to any educational institution in the Netherlands. To this end, SURF is developing a secure and reliable architecture, in close consultation with the institutions and important stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Studielink.

Read more about the 2020 plans 

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Gaining experience with eduID pilots

By 2020, we want institutions to be able to use EDUID for specific target groups: enrolments, 'outside' students and alumni. Do you have a challenge for which you would like to deploy eduID?

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Digital certifying

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1 platform for digital certificates

Distribute edubadges digitally to students within a secure and reliable platform. Read what edubadges can do for you as an institution and for your students.

Want to know more?

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Starting with edubadges

If your institution is connected to the edubadges platform, you can immediately start issuing edubadges. Would you like to know what this involves? Then make use of the step-by-step plan.

SURF Communities

Special Interest Group Digital Certification

Do you have questions about digital certification or do you want to share your experiences? Get in touch with other experts in the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Digital certification and stay up to date.

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