Online & blended education
The quality of education gets a big boost when the possibilities of online education are combined with face-to-face education on campus. Therefore, there is plenty of experimentation with new online teaching formats and techniques to improve education for students.
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Organising blended education

On this page, you will find various initiatives for organising blended education, as well as methodologies, tools and inspiration.

How do you organise educational innovation with ict?

A number of higher education institutions have been investigated into how they enable teachers to innovate their education.

Read how they did it

Reference model EMBED

Developing and organizing blended education means working differently. In recent years, KU Leuven and TU Delft have been working on a reference model at a European level: EMBED. The EMBED model looks at the subject, program and institutional level. It contains criteria and tools to assess the degree of maturity of blended education and innovation. It also provides tools for a change approach.

Motion sensor

When organizing blended education, redesigning education comes into play. To find out whether your organization is ready to facilitate this educational innovation, you can use the Integrated ICT-Motion sensor The Teacher Professional Development zone of the acceleration plan developed this Integrated ICT motion sensor. This instrument helps to initiate discussions within institutions about the status of educational innovation with ICT and what steps are still needed to successfully innovate education. 

Testing ground blended learning and toolkit

Within the acceleration plan is the development of the testing ground blended education, in which  a professionalization approach for teachers.  Pilot projects can be seen as ready-made professionalization packages that can be implemented within (or between) institutions.  After this testing ground, the teacher will be able to:

  1. to draw up design criteria and preconditions for blended education based on an analysis of the educational context.
  2. to arrive at a reasoned blended educational design and to develop associated materials, activities and working methods.
  3. to implement and (interim) evaluate the blended educational design.

A toolkit will soon be available on the design and implementation of blended learning, keep an eye out for this  on the website of the acceleration plan.

Selection aid, tools and methodologies

Educational innovators who want to help teachers create blended education can find inspiration and aid in selection to organise this. Are you looking for more practical tools in the form of tools en methods for blended education? Or do you want to know which applications institutions used the most in 2020? Check this overview with applications.

Digital learning environment

To shape blended education, it is necessary that students and teachers have access to various digital tools. The institution's learning environment must therefore be designed to properly facilitate blended education. SURF helps institutions manage the digital learning environment. A digital learning environment offers students and teachers quick and easy access to information and materials. SURF, together with institutions and suppliers, is investigating what a modular learning environment can look like in practice and what is required to realize this: both in technology and in the organization. Read more about this topic in the knowledge files: control of the digital learning environment

Learning spaces

Learning spaces can be supported via blended education. The physical spaces offer extensive didactic options, stimulate learning processes and in some cases are technology-rich. But how do you develop learning spaces? How do you ensure that they are used optimally? Read more about Learning spaces.