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Zone EdTech stops in current form

22 February 2021 Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech

The steering committee has decided to discontinue the zone in its current form as of March 2021.

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Kim Schildkamp: My journey as a scientist

11 February 2021 Facilitating professional development for lecturers

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Kim Schildkamp (professor and team leader of the Professional development Zone) will take you on ...

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Blog

Report Data-driven connection labour market

21 January 2021 Better connection to the job market

How can you better use data for the connection between training and the professional field? You can read this in the report Data-driven connection to ...

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New team leader Evidence-informed zone

20 January 2021 Evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT

As of January 1, 2021, Nico Boot, who works as a lecturer and coach at Leiden University of Applied Sciences, is the new team leader of the ...

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Professional development of lecturers: 'Together is the keyword'

18 January 2021 Facilitating professional development for lecturers

Together. Learning together, developing together, determining together what is needed. "Together" was the magic word of the professional development session during the SURF Education Days 2020.

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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
Working group Remote digital assessment

Good remote assessment in higher education

Due to the corona crisis, assessment independent of place and time is high on the agenda. The Remote digital assessment working group bundles knowledge on this subject and develops a long-term vision on this theme.

Remote assessment
Working group Online education of practical skills

Designing digital education in practical skills

Where are opportunities for higher education to jointly innovate and accelerate online education in practical skills?

Practical skills education
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

Zone EdTech stops in current form

22 February 2021 Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech Editors

The steering committee has decided to discontinue the zone in its current form as of March 2021.

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Kim Schildkamp: My journey as a scientist

11 February 2021 Facilitating professional development for lecturers Kim Schildkamp

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Kim Schildkamp (professor and team leader of the Professional development Zone) will take you on ...

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Report Data-driven connection labour market

21 January 2021 Better connection to the job market David Otten

How can you better use data for the connection between training and the professional field? You can read this in the report Data-driven connection to ...

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New team leader Evidence-informed zone

20 January 2021 Evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT

As of January 1, 2021, Nico Boot, who works as a lecturer and coach at Leiden University of Applied Sciences, is the new team leader of the ...

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Professional development of lecturers: 'Together is the keyword'

18 January 2021 Facilitating professional development for lecturers Marian Kat-de Jong

Together. Learning together, developing together, determining together what is needed. "Together" was the magic word of the professional development session during the SURF Education Days 2020.

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Field Lab Digital Peer Feedback

Facilitating professional development for lecturers Editors

The Facilitating professional development for lecturers zone has developed a field lab in which the ...

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Handout Formative Assessment

Facilitating professional development for lecturers Editors

After the Digital Peer Feedback and the Online Didactics handout, the Facilitating Professional Development zone ...

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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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Handbook of professional development

Facilitating professional development for lecturers Editors

The Professional Development zone presents the Handbook of Professional development on educational innovation with IT.

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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?