Start, Connect and Check tool: collaboration between education and business

A tool for Hybrid Learning Environments

Are you considering launching a Hybrid Learning Environment to enable or improve the collaboration between education and business? The Strengthening Digital Human Capital zone is currently researching Hybrid Learning Environments. Their preliminary research focused on the preconditions for achieving good cooperation between the education sector and the business community. The results from the preliminary research included organisation, financing and tips for good project management. The study resulted in the Start, Connect and Check tool: collaboration between education and business. Use the tool and get recommendations about how to launch a Hybrid Learning Environment!

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Involve businesses in the planning of the teaching programme. Work together to formulate an ambition that helps both parties to achieve their ambitions
Devote sufficient time and attention to the contact with the business community to keep them willing and to clarify expectations
Ensure that the problems experienced by the professional field correspond to the range of programmes offered
Organise regular contact moments between the educational institution and the business. Focus on the arrangements relating to how you organise things: support, time investment, quality assurance and advice
Draw up a cooperation agreement between the parties, setting out the expectations and responsibilities on both sides
Give businesses the opportunity to clearly profile themselves in hybrid learning environments by ensuring visibility, and think about how you can bind the student to the business
Do not limit the participation of businesses to that of 'assignment provider', but make sure that you get more out of the collaboration
Propagate a learning community in which students not only learn, but employees of businesses also work to promote Lifelong Learning
Ensure that the collaboration becomes more enduring once the students have devised a solution
Involve businesses and the region early on in the design process
Switch between various levels, such as current problems in society, the mission of a company and the content of the study programme.
Clarify the mutual benefit through a joint process of (educational) product development
Work together (educational institution and the business community) to decide how issues from the business community and the learning needs of students can be linked together
Work with larger units and a curriculum at a higher level of abstraction to create the scope to respond to problems that emerge from the professional field
Ensure that the educational design is scalable
Ensure that the structures of the various study programmes that need to work together are compatible
Involve lecturers in the design phase and facilitate educational support
Ensure clarity about the objectives of the hybrid learning environment and the roles within the learning environment
Student support should focus not just on technical skills, but also on broader skills, such as communication and collaboration.
Provide adaptive substantive support in the background when things are going well, and in the foreground when problems arise
Ensure that students are clear about the structure of the hybrid learning environment from the outset
Organise a fixed weekly routine of meetings for knowledge sharing and collaboration, delivery moments and informal consultation times
Provide scope for students' own learning experiences in a hybrid learning environment
Get students with differing expertise to work together so they can broaden their perspectives and learn from other disciplines
Encourage students to deepen their business or research skills
Assess knowledge and skills in an integrated way
Provide or arrange for a venue where it is possible to meet regularly with partners
Ensure that the processes relating to relationship management are embedded within the educational institution so that assignments from businesses get to the right person or department

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