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  • Guidelines for digital assessment policy download

    Knowledge base - More and more institutions are placing digital assessment high on their agendas. However, the introduction of digital assessment is a complex process of change that affects the very heart of education and requires major investments. With these guidelines SURFnet intends to help institutions to prepare and implement a digital assessment policy.

  • Report Learning analytics in education design: a guide download

    Knowledge base - Together with Dutch higher education institutions, SURFnet is examining how learning analytics can contribute to tailored education. In this report we will demonstrate how learning analytics can dovetail with education design and which questions learning analytics can answer.

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    Case: Aventus: 'SURFmarket saves us a lot of time and energy' download

    Knowledge base - SURFmarket has been serving the secondary vocational education (MBO) sector since 2014. In 2015, the number of member vocational institutions increased. A new member was Aventus: a regional training centre in the Apeldoorn-Deventer-Zutphen urban region. Roy Dusink, head of automation at Aventus, says SURFmarket saves them a lot of time and energy.

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    Case: Creative student/lecturer teams for Innovation Challenge 2015 download

    Knowledge base - The Innovation Challenge 2015 challenged students and lecturers to submit a proposal in which they use innovative ICT applications to promote flexible, personalised learning. The 10 winners were each given 10,000 Euros to put their plan into practice. The initial results will be published in June 2016.

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    Case: The digital learning environment of the future download

    Knowledge base - Many technical and research universities are reviewing the future of their digital learning environment. SURFnet helps, for example by publishing the report A flexible and personal learning environment. Hans Nederlof (Fontys University of Applied Sciences) talks about the need to upgrade their digital learning environment over the next few years.

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    Case: Shopping in the virtual supermarket download

    Knowledge base - In a virtual supermarket customers do virtual shopping in a digital environment. This makes it possible to research factors which influence purchasing behaviour, such as price, labelling and location of items. Dr Wilma Waterlander has been working with this research tool for many years. Her aim is to encourage consumers to eat more healthily.

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    Case: ICT infrastructure in the cloud with KUBUS download

    Knowledge base - In the SURF cloud project, KUBUS, 6 technical universities are working with SURF to provide IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). SURF members can purchase ICT facilities such as processors, memory and storage through a shared platform. Cees Plug, Director of ICT at Inholland University of Applied Sciences, is one of the partners in KUBUS.

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    Case: Water research in the HPC Cloud download

    Knowledge base - Delft-based IHE (International Institute for Infrastructural Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering) offers Master's degrees and PhD programmes in water management. Students, lecturers and researchers collaborate on projects which require a lot of computing power and storage capacity. Some of them use SURFsara's HPC Cloud for their research.

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    Video: compute services SURFsara download

    Knowledge base - If your own computer is not powerful enough for your computational task, SURFsara offers various flavours of computational power. It depends on the nature of your task which one is best suited for you.

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    Case: Wifi-as-a-Service makes life easier for network managers download

    Knowledge base - SURFwireless is a wifi environment managed and controlled by SURFnet. It started out as the Wifi-as-a-Service project. The University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) was a project member and is expected to be the first user of the service. Network manager Sven de Ridder (HU): 'The biggest benefit for us is that it takes the pressure off us.'

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    Case: Do genes correlate with socio-economic characteristics? download

    Knowledge base - Many of people's socio-economic characteristics, such as their position in the labour market and their educational attainments, are partly inherited. Genoeconomics seeks to map the relationship between genetic variants and economic choices and outcomes. The researchers use SURFsara's computing systems to process the large genetic datasets.

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    Case: Collaboration on information security in secondary vocational education (MBO) download

    Knowledge base - Because of greater computerisation and digitalisation, information security is of increasing importance to educational institutions. As Hans Doffegnies (Summa College), Chairman of the MBO Taskforce on Information Security and Privacy explains, the MBO sector has achieved a great deal in this field over the past year.

  • Case: High-speed link with digital test environment via light path download

    Case: High-speed link with digital test environment via light path download

    Knowledge base - More and more educational institutions are using cloud services. The Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen has moved part of its digital test environment to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The connection uses SURFlichtpaden (optical light paths). Henk Weisbeek, operations coordinator for the University's IT office, explains.

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    Case: IMARES: acoustic data on herring stocks download

    Knowledge base - IMARES is the Dutch institute for applied marine ecological research. It acquires knowledge and gives advice on sustainable management and use of marine and coastal areas. IMARES is mapping fish stocks in the North Sea using acoustic signals. The data is stored with the help of SURFsara's Data Archive service.

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    Case: Machine learning with Apache Spark download

    Knowledge base - Research datasets grow rapidly in size and complexity. This makes it difficult to process or edit them using standard applications and systems. Open source applications such as Hadoop and Apache Spark offer an interesting alternative for data-intensive research. SURFsara has developed a workshop to make this technology accessible.