The Educational Innovators

In the podcast series of the Acceleration Plan, the Educational Innovators (de Onderwijsvernieuwers), Tjip de Jong and Philip Stein talk with educational innovators from higher education about innovation with IT in six episodes. What challenges and developments do we face in higher education? How do we give shape to the desired developments?

All episodes are available on Soundcloud and Spotify. (Dutch only)

Episode 1: Transition agenda Getting to grips with digitalisation

The first episode focuses on the Transition agenda Getting to grips with digitalisation. What does the desired transition imply? Why is this necessary? And how do we get started with this? We discuss this with Marian Kat-de Jong (educational innovator and policy manager at the Learning and Innovation Centre of Avans University of Applied Sciences) and Ilja Boor (senior interdisciplinary curriculum developer at the University of Amsterdam).

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Episode 2: Directing educational resources

In this second episode, we discuss the National approach to digital and open educational resources. How can we increase the supply and use of open and accessible digital educational resources? What does this require of institutions and lecturers? What agreements and preconditions are necessary regarding copyright, data, and purchasing? Huib de Jong (quartermaster of OER and author of the national approach) and Robert Schuwer (lecturer in OER at Fontys University of Applied Sciences and leader of the Educational Resources zone) provide us with more detailed information in this episode. 

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Episode 3: Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning (LLL): how do we ensure flexible and easy continuing education and retraining for working people in the Netherlands? And what does this require from higher education institutions? In episode three, we discuss this with Annemieke van Barneveld-Biesma (project leader for Lifelong Learning at universities in the Netherlands) and Ronald Kleijn (initiator and driving force behind Make IT Work at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences). Using two examples – The LLL Catalyst of the National Growth Fund and Make IT Work – we show how the Lifelong Learning theme is given an impulse.

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Episode 4: Innovating responsibly with education data

How do you handle education data responsibly within your institution? An important topic on the agenda in higher education. Education data offer more and more possibilities and opportunities in education, think of personalised learning. But its use also raises questions about the risks and dilemmas it entails. The Privacy and Ethics Reference Framework with its accompanying Dilemma Game of the Acceleration Plan and SURF’s Values Guide (Dutch) are important tools for the conversation about the safe and reliable use of education data. Bram Enning, leader of the Secure and reliable use of education data zone, and Bart Karstens, senior researcher on digitisation of education at the Rathenau Institute, elaborate on this during episode four

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Episode 5: Collaborating and innovating with EdTech

There are many innovative and good ideas for using technology in higher education (EdTech). Ideas from teachers and students but also from innovative companies including startups. How do you ensure that these ideas are actually developed and applied? And how do you organise cooperation between an institution and an innovative company or startup? In this episode, we talk to Ewoud de Kok (founder of FeedbackFruits), Rens van der Vorst (technophilosopher, lecturer and researcher at Fontys) and Jelle Kok (project leader of the EdTech for educational innovation working group) about simplifying the innovation process and the eventual use of new tools within institutions,

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Episode 6: Learning in the future with VR and AI

Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) offer many opportunities and possibilities in education. How do we effectively use this technology to enrich students’ learning experiences? What does this require from lecturers and how do you support them in this? In episode six, we discuss this with Kim Schildkamp (professor of data-informed working at TU Twente and leader of the Facilitating professional development for lecturers zone) and Stan van Ginkel (senior lecturer at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and associated with the research group Meaningful Digital Innovation).

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Episode 7: Managing innovation

Managing innovation in education is often complex. What can we learn from change management? What tips and tricks do we know for this? And can innovation be managed at all? In this episode, we talk to Mario Kieft, senior lecturer in organisational change at the Open University and partner at Prepare yourself for a world of slacker behaviour, workshop tourism and the culture of silence.

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Episode 8: Testing & assessment

What is the impact of digitisation on the testing and assessment process in education? Digitisation offers many opportunities for guiding and supporting a student through the use of technology, for example in providing short feedback loops. At the same time, the deployment of technology also raises questions around professionalisation and teacher control. Who ultimately makes the decision on assessment: the software or the teacher? What does this require from teachers and training courses? Sharon Klinkenberg (project leader of the Remote digital assessment working group and senior lecturer in communication sciences at the University of Amsterdam) and Dominique Sluijsmans (lecturer in integral curriculum development at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and working within the cooperation Test Revolution) will discuss this. Among other things, the Vision tool and the ‘Toekomstperspectief’ will be discussed.

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