Evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT

Action Plan

Strengthening infrastructure for exchanging and using knowledge

We believe that acceleration can be achieved by:

  • Paying more attention to and support for evidence-informed ways of working on educational innovation with ICT;
  • More connectedness between the local education innovation labs;
  • More and better opportunities for the exchange of knowledge resulting from educational innovation with ICT.

For this, the existing knowledge infrastructure for evidence-informed innovation of education with ICT must be strengthened. A well-supported practice network (both within and between institutions) in which knowledge (“evidence”) with regard to educational innovation with ICT in higher education is exchanged in a sustainable manner.

Building blocks of the network are:

  • (Structurally) organised events about evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT;
  • Shared practices (ways of working) with regard to working evidence-informed and exchanging these practices;
  • Practical tools (scan,toolkits) for evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT;
  • Online (open) platforms to support knowledgeexchange in networks.

The plan


Strengthening the knowledge infrastructure

In four years, the acceleration team for evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT has strengthened the knowledge infrastructure for higher education, so that knowledge about educational innovation with ICT can be exchanged in a better way and used by (practical) researchers, ICTO-coaches and teachers who want to (re)design their lectures/lessons.

To achieve this, a number of things must happen:

  • Institutions know what they can still work on to strengthen evidence-informed working with regard to educational innovation with ICT, and to make knowledge from practical research (between higher education innovation labs) more exchangeable;
  • The different ways in which (evidence-informed) educational innovation with ICT (and accompanying practical research) is currently being tackled and supported (for example with toolkits) can be better aligned and;
  • The different educational innovation labs can be better connected to each other.


To achieve the ambiton, there are two lines of action, to which work packages are linked, and there is an underlying line of action for communication and dissemination.

1. Strengthening infrastructure for the use and exchange of knowledge in the practice of educational innovation with ICT:

    • Identifying improvement opportunities and needs within the institutions by mapping out the building blocks for (evidence-informed) educational innovation practice by means of a scan (explained under ‘Results in four years’)
    • (Co)organizing, intensifying and enriching meetings, exchanging knowledge and helping to set up cooperation between the higher education innovation labs (including related knowledge hubs) of the various institutions;
    • Thinking about the shape and contributing to the design and construction of the national platform for the exchange of evidence-sources related to educational innovation in higher education.


2. Contributing to knowledge for educational innovation with ICT in higher education through (practical) research for more evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT in higher education:

      • An overview of (current) research on educational innovation with ICT in higher education (researcher to be appointed);
      • Evidence-informed design of blendedlearning (through professionalisation supply) (Luuk Terbeek)
      • An inventory and development of shared (evidence-based) toolkits for ICTO-coaches and higher education teachers (Fleur Prinsen, Esther van der Stappen)
      • Technologically supported knowledge exchange with regard to evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT (Karel Kreijns)


3. Communication and dissemination:

    • Publishing the results of the research carried out  (to support more evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT in higher education) and disseminating practical tools that are developed within the research. For example, in the form of articles, guides, blogs, presentations at (international) conferences, etc.
    • Promoting the importance of (facilitating) evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT at different levels.
    • (Multimedia) reporting on social media of the progress of the team and the insights and results arising from the  events organised.
Results by 2023


The scan (developed in collaboration with the zone Facilitating professional development for lecturers) gives institutions the opportunity to take inventory of how educational innovation with ICT in the institution can be accelerated. This is done by mapping the building blocks of their own infrastructure, identifying points of improvement and then making improvements through action points.

With the help of this scan and multimedia publications (about the studies carried out, among other things) attention has been generated and information has been offered to relevant parties (ICTO-coaches, practical researchers, advisers, educational innovation lab employees, teachers and administrators). With this information they can strengthen their own knowledge infrastructure for evidence-informed educational innovation.

(Inter) national events have been organised that showcase the possibilities for evidence-informed educational innovation and practical knowledge generated in this area. Acquaintance between the institutions has been strengthened and enriched during the four years with a focus on evidence-informed working, which makes it possible to exchange knowledge and experience. The visibility and findability of the innovation labs (and the practice-oriented knowledge that is generated there) has been increased.

The zone has helped renew the design and construction of support tools for evidence-informed innovation and knowledge-sharing, such as the development of professionalisation supply and shared (evidence-based) toolkits for ICTO-coaches, and possibly the construction of a nationwide (online) platform for educational innovation. The latter includes collaboration with other institutions, NRO and OCW (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) nationwide online platform for education professionals.

With taking a new inventory (possibly using the scan) and by comparing this with the starting positions/baseline measurements in the spring of 2019, we can demonstrate that the role of knowledge in the educational innovation practices with ICT has been strengthened within the institutions.

Working method and conditions for success

Providing opportunities for evidence-informed working

Work packages 

The members of the zone become project leaders of at least one work package. If necessary, they involve external parties for the execution of (part of) the research or organisation. The team lead, connector and junior supporter ensure internal communication, connection with other initiatives (other zones, organizations within institutions) and monitor the overall progress.

How does this provide acceleration?

Providing opportunities for evidence-informed working and a well-functioning knowledge infrastructure increases awareness of and interest in the possibilities of using ICT in education. A good knowledge infrastructure facilitates the disclosure of knowledge by and for all education professionals, and gives the pioneers the opportunity to find each other and get ahead together.

Conditions for success

The zone is set in position in the country by, among other things, the Acceleration Plan as a discussion partner and advisor on evidence-informed educational innovation with ICT in higher education. The zone is supported in this by communication consultants. The zone and the Acceleration Plan have to permanently monitor the commitment of the institutions and make sure that members of the zone have enough space to carry out the activities.


Team lead

Fleur Prinsen

Team leader Fleur Prinsen talks about the plans of her zone. (Dutch only)