Digital learning materials Education & ICT

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


Exploit the opportunities of digital learning materials

What challenges do institutions face in using digital learning materials in educational practice?

  • How do you form a vision on digital learning materials?
  • 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 educational practice work with digital learning materials?

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SURF Communities

Sharing challenges within communities

Are you working on the development of online education and/or OER? Or do you want to support instructors in this process? Get in touch with other experts within a community to work together to increase and stimulate openness in higher education.

Open education
Working group Libraries

Incentive scheme

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Incentive scheme Open and online education

SURF coordinates the Open and Online Education Incentive Scheme of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. As an institution, you can apply for funding and experiment with online forms of education and initiatives to share and reuse OER. Submit your proposal by 15 December at the latest.

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Stimuleringsregeling online onderwijs

Projects - pillar Online education

Read more about the projects of institutions that have participated in the Open and Online Education incentive scheme, which link up with the themes of peer feedback and online guidance.

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Stimuleringsregeling open leermaterialen

Projects - pillar Open Educational Resources

Read more about the projects of institutions that have participated in the Open and Online Education incentive scheme with the theme of sharing and reusing learning resources.

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Sharing and reusing

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National platform for digital learning materials

From the beginning of 2021, digital learning materials can be accessed via the new edusources service. With edusources, SURF offers a diverse range of digital learning materials in one place.

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SURFsharekit: the online repository for higher education

Sla je leermaterialen digitaal en duurzaam op en stel ze vrij beschikbaar via SURFsharekit, de repositorydienst voor het hoger onderwijs.

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Starting with learning materials

Do you want to make learning materials accessible to everyone? Start by going through these step-by-step plans that support various disciplines within education.

  • Introduction
  • Policy
  • Quality model
  • In practice
  • Professional vocabulary
  • Workshop development

To road maps

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Copyright everything about copyright issues

On you will find reliable information about copyright issues. Full of legal information and practical tools.

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CopyRIGHT project: copyright for digital learning materials well organised

As a teacher, would you like to use (scientific) articles and other texts for your teaching and ensure that copyright is properly regulated? We are developing a tool that gives you insight into the reuse of digital material, including scientific content.

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Educational practice

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Stimulating professional communities to create digital learning materials together

Various instructors work together to build up and manage a collection of OERs. Check how you can encourage this in your institution.

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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.

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Aanvoerder Versnellingszone - Robert Schuwer

Acceleration plan: Mix of open and closed digital learning materials

Robert Schuwer talks about the Digital (open) learning materials zone and how 10 institutions within the zone are working together towards digital (open) learning materials.

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SURF Story with Marja Versantvoort

"I think the best thing about the project is that there is such a huge need for it. Teachers I speak to immediately see the possibilities," says Marja Versantvoort, project leader to make teaching materials for the Bachelor of Nursing available nationwide.

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