Interview

Remain critical and vigilant in the use of IT

21 October 2020 Facilitating professional development for lecturers

Since the COVID-19 crisis, cold feet are a thing of the past when it comes to online education. Meanwhile, the emphasis has shifted to hybrid ...

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Interview

Time to take stock

14 October 2020 Facilitating professional development for lecturers

Going all out: the VU Amsterdam was fully aware of this when the COVID-19 crisis broke out. Numerous initiatives sprang up like mushrooms. But there ...

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Interview

"Let students know you're there for them"'

30 September 2020 Facilitating professional development for lecturers

Everything offline for a week. To be able to offer fully online education after that week. From content, didactics to assessments. And that succeeded, says ...

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News

Startups EdTech Validation programme announced!

25 September 2020 Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech

On 15 September, during a Get in the Ring event, the participants were selected for the EdTech Validation Lab 2020. A program of 10 weeks in which startups ...

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Column

Disruptive learning

24 September 2020 Accelerating together

Six months ago, the campuses of Dutch universities and colleges closed their physical doors. Our crisis management teams were prepared for many scenarios, but not ...

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The Acceleration Plan

Together we build the foundation for accelerating innovation

The Acceleration Plan for Educational Innovation with IT works on seizing the opportunities digitalisation offers higher education in The Netherlands. The mission of the Acceleration Plan is to create momentum and opportunities for universities and universities of applied sciences to take substantial steps in digitalisation in higher education in The Netherlands, within their own institutions, and in collaboration with other institutions. 39 higher education institutions collaborate in this four-year programme of the Association of Universities in The Netherlands  (VSNU), The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (VH), and SURF.

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Ambitions

  • Improving the connection to the job market
  • Encouraging flexibilisation in higher education
  • Smarter and better learning with technology
6 Cooperating organisations
39 Higher education institutions
129 People
The Acceleration Plan

Eight zones

Facilitating professional development for lecturers

Making continuous improvement of education self-evident

The lecturer is the starting point for educational innovation. Optimal use of the possibilities of ICT in education requires new knowledge and skills for the most important group that determines the quality of education: lecturers.

Professional Development
Better connection to the job market

Responding more quickly to the digital transformation

No field or profession escapes the impact of digitisation. Collaboration between the job market, higher education, and research groups of universities and colleges, is vital to a future-proof connection of of highly educated professionals to the job market.

Job market connection
Making education more flexible

A more flexible system for students

Flexibilisation of higher education has many facets; the educational catalog, modularisation, microcredentialing, learning outcomes, online distance learning, micromasters. There is an enormous diversity of ingredients with which higher education can be made highly flexible.

Flexibilisation
Towards digital (open) educational resources

Determining and using an optimal mix of educational resources

Searching for educational resources should be as simple as searching for a video on YouTube. Either you find what you are looking for, or it does not exist and you have to find another solution.

Digital (open) educational resources
Secure and reliable use of learning analytics

One language to talk about learning analytics

What are the preconditions that make the use of learning analytics a success? What is needed at the institution level, and what is needed at the national level?

Learning analytics
Evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT

Making the exchange of knowledge easier

We work to gain a better understanding of how knowledge infrastructure, both within an institution and at national level, can be organised in such a way that knowledge reaches educational design practice in an appropriate and timely manner.

Evidence-informed
Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech

The Netherlands leading in the field of educational technology

Developments in the EdTech sector can make a good contribution to accelerating educational innovation. We want to make the Netherlands a fertile breeding ground for (starting) EdTech companies.

EdTech
Accelerating together

Creating support for educational innovation

The initiatives of the Acceleration Plan contribute to the transition of Dutch higher education to a higher education that exploits the opportunities of digitisation. This transition requires a dialogue between administrators, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NVAO, NWO, KNAW, NRO and other stakeholders in higher education.

Accelerating together
Acceleration Plan

Leading in technological educational innovation

The Acceleration Plan focuses on bringing initiatives, knowledge, and experiences together and getting started quickly and concretely on themes in which synergy is possible and where there are opportunities for higher education.

About the Acceleration Plan
Interview

"Not only students attend sessions in a virtual classroom. Teachers do too."

Universities and universities of applied sciences found their way in organising distance education at an impressively fast pace. But how do you maintain the quality ...
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Editors

Remain critical and vigilant in the use of IT

21 October 2020 Facilitating professional development for lecturers Editors

Since the COVID-19 crisis, cold feet are a thing of the past when it comes to online education. Meanwhile, the emphasis has shifted to hybrid ...

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Time to take stock

14 October 2020 Facilitating professional development for lecturers Editors

Going all out: the VU Amsterdam was fully aware of this when the COVID-19 crisis broke out. Numerous initiatives sprang up like mushrooms. But there ...

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Searching for a smart form of blended learning

7 October 2020 Facilitating professional development for lecturers

Why not deal creatively with the challenges of the coronacrisis? That was the approach of Kees Ritmeester, innovation program manager at Driestar educational in Gouda. ...

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"Let students know you're there for them"'

30 September 2020 Facilitating professional development for lecturers Editors

Everything offline for a week. To be able to offer fully online education after that week. From content, didactics to assessments. And that succeeded, says ...

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Startups EdTech Validation programme announced!

25 September 2020 Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech Editors

On 15 September, during a Get in the Ring event, the participants were selected for the EdTech Validation Lab 2020. A program of 10 weeks in which startups ...

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Publications

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Vision document educational resources 2025

Towards digital (open) educational resources Editors

A vision document on the optimal mix of educational resources in 2025, including building blocks to ...

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Building blocks for effective professional development

Facilitating professional development for lecturers Editors

In the publication "Building blocks for effective professional development in higher education aimed at educational ...

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Findings Report EdTech in higher education

Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech Editors

Developments in educational technology (EdTech) have been key accelerators of innovation in teaching and learning ...

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Remote digital assessment: a reference

Acceleration Plan Editors

The Acceleration Plan publishes a reference to remote digital assessment. The reference provides an overview ...

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Video

What is acceleration?

What is innovation? What is acceleration? Members of the Acceleration Plan answer these, and other questions in this video.

What is acceleration?