Zone EdTech stops in current form
At the end of last year, some of the higher education institutions decided to end their participation in the Acceleration of educational innovation with EdTech zone. The steering committee thinks this has made the composition of the zone too small to continue successfully and has decided to discontinue the zone in its current form as of March 2021.
EdTech remains of undiminished importance for higher education and the Acceleration Plan. That is why the steering group is appointing someone who will map out in the short term how the delivered products and results of the zone can be further improved, and which concrete projects can be undertaken to give ‘accelerate educational innovation with EdTech’ an impulse in the last two years of the Acceleration Plan. We will use the knowledge and experiences of the current members of the EdTech zone.
The EdTech zone has achieved good results since the start of the Acceleration Plan in 2019, under the leadership of Timo Kos (then TU Delft) and from January 2020 by Jelgar de Wilde (Inholland). Examples are the Validation lab for startups taking place twice, which helped over 20 startups to find their way to and in the Dutch higher education sector. The barriers EdTech companies and institutions encounter when adopting new technological applications for education were mapped out, and best practices for removing these obstacles were identified. In addition, the team members made a proposal as to what components and areas for attention could be addressed in the next two years. The steering group greatly appreciates the time and energy that all team members have invested in jointly advancing this important topic.