Summer reading list

9 July 2020 Acceleration Plan

Summer reading list: The best of the Acceleration Plan 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 academic year was the first full academic year for the Acceleration Plan. It was an eventful and busy year for us, not just because of the COVID-19 crisis. Now summer is, here we have listed the best articles, interviews, and blogs of the past year for you to read in peace and quiet. This is your Acceleration Plan summer reading list.


At the beginning of this academic year, the Acceleration Plan launched its own brand-new website. In honour of this, we spoke with six members of the Acceleration Plan. In this interview, Lucie Lolkema explains why she likes education more than research. In this interview, Luuk Terbeek tells us what gives him goosebumps. Nicole Will and Michiel de Jong tell talk about their ambitions for digital learning materials in this interview. In her interview, Lonneke Brands discusses the importance of a good connection to the job market after graduating, and Carolien Kamphuis talks about the importance of lifelong learning in her interview.

Last year, Conchita Alvarez, Jacob Nouta, and Marie-José Kuypers of the Professional development zone worked on the integrated ‘motion sensor’, which enables institutions to gain insight into how integrated their approach is with regard to educational innovation with IT. The talking map was published early in May due to the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about this motion sensor in this interview with the developers.

At the end of June, Roos van Leeuwen (LSVb) and Eline van Hove (ISO) bid farewell to the Acceleration Plan steering group and handed over the baton to their successors. In this interview ‘Involve students and break things’, we looked back on the past year with Roos and Eline. In September, SURF’s Erwin Bleumink will also bid farewell to the Acceleration Plan steering committee. In this interview, we reflected on his time with the Acceleration Plan with him, and we looked ahead to the future.


Ronald Spruit, one of the team leaders of the zone Professional development, wrote a blog about his conversation with Minister van Engelshoven in February.

Not much later, when the institutions suddenly had to close their campuses due to the COVID-19 crisis, Marian Kat-de Jong, the connector of the zone Professional development, wrote this blog about supporting lecturers in quickly switching to online education. Mariëlle Taks from the zone Job market connection also wrote a blog about the Corona culture shock she experienced.

Kim Schildkamp, ​​the other team leader of the zone Professional development, wrote a blog about the quality and sustainability of online education. Read Kim’s blog here.

For the June edition of the external Acceleration Plan newsletter, Elisabeth Minnemann, one of the leaders of the Accelerating Together Team of executives, wrote a column The role of education in the fight against racism.


In November, Ulrike Wild, one of the team leaders of the Flexible education zone, Theo Bakker, team leader of the Learning analytics zone, Rens van der Vorst, member of the EdTech zone and Roos van Leeuwen, then member of the Steering group, were invited to the round table discussion with the House of Representatives Committee on Education, Culture, and Science about Digitisation in Higher Education. Read about their visit here.

At the start of 2020, we looked back on the first year of the Acceleration Plan with all team leaders. Here you can read the review of the EdTech zone with Jelgar de Wilde. Johanna de Groot, of the Programme Team, also looked back on 2019 with Hans Nederlof, chair of the Steering group. Ulrike Wild and Paul den Hertog looked back on their first year as leaders of the Flexibilisation zone. Caroline van de Molen took over leadership from Ellen van den Berg for the Job market connection zone late 2019. Caroline looks back on the first year in this article. You can read the review of Theo Bakker, leader of the zone Learning analytics, here. Kim Schildkamp and Ronald Spruit also looked back on their first year as leaders of the zone Professional development. And Robert Schuwer looked back on the first year of the zone Towards digital (open) learning materials.

The Minister also noticed the Acceleration Plan the past year. In February, Minister Van Engelshoven’s visited the zones Job market connection and Professional development at Avans University of Applied Sciences. You can read the report on the visit here.

The zone Flexible education is working on the Student Mobility pilot in collaboration with SURF. In this pilot, Utrecht University, Wageningen University&Research, and Eindhoven University of Technology are working together on a shared infrastructure, enabling students to register for 15 courses the universities will make available for alle students of all three universities from 2021 onwards. Read more about the pilot here.

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