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Open educational practices in the Netherlands 2011

  1. 1. Open Educational Practices and the Open University in The Netherlands<br />Ben Janssen<br />March, 24, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Context<br /><ul><li>2006 start of OpenER project of OUNL as the first OER project in The Netherlands
  3. 3. 2007 OCW initiative of University of Technology Delft
  4. 4. 2008 Decision to build OUNL strategy on OER
  5. 5. 2009 start of the Dutch national project Wikiwijs
  6. 6. Start of Networked Open Polytechnic
  7. 7. 2010 start of OpenU
  8. 8. 2010 start of Free Technology Academy</li></ul>2<br />
  9. 9. OpenER@OUNL<br />OpenER<br />a project offering small open educational courses, derived from OUNL bachelor and master programs, launched in December, 2006<br />Objectives<br /><ul><li>lowering thresholds for access to formal Higher Education
  10. 10. widening and increasing participation in Higher Education</li></ul>3<br />
  11. 11. Means<br /><ul><li>Offering of high-quality short open courses developed for self-study (each about 25 hrs)
  12. 12. By means of a ‘portal of temptation’ to HE
  13. 13. In order to bridge informal learning and formal education
  14. 14. And offering official examination options (earning Bachelor credits)</li></ul>4<br />
  15. 15. 5<br />Fundings<br /><ul><li>The Directorate Learning and Working, established by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Social Affairs
  16. 16. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  17. 17. Total funding €660,000</li></li></ul><li>Some data<br /><ul><li>Much media attention
  18. 18. More than 1,250,000 visitors
  19. 19. 12% of visitors return
  20. 20. 25 courses online (4 – 45 hours per course)
  21. 21. Costs for creation of OER: €3,000 - €30,000
  22. 22. 10% of students who registered for an OUNL course reported to be influenced in their decision by OpenER</li></ul>6<br />
  23. 23. 7<br />Some data<br /><ul><li>Secondary schools are using OpenER courses for their students (including OUNL examination)
  24. 24. OpenER led to overall strategic decision to change towards a business strategy based on OER</li></li></ul><li>Spinoza@OUNL<br />8<br />Objectives:<br /><ul><li>eminent Dutch researchers bring their body of thought and views to a broad public</li></ul>Means:<br /><ul><li>develop and offer OpenER courses with all its qualities (self-study, activating, interactive, different media, etcetera)
  25. 25. work with Spinoza Premium laureates
  26. 26. (highest research award: 2,5 M€)</li></li></ul><li>9<br />National project Wikiwijs<br /><ul><li>To stimulate development and use of OER
  27. 27. improve access to both open and ‘closed’ digital learning materials
  28. 28. support teachers in arranging their own learning materials and professionalization
  29. 29. increase teacher involvement in development and use of OER
  30. 30. extend options for customized education
  31. 31. increase quality of education through more flexible and up-to-date learning materials</li></li></ul><li>Wikiwijs will offer …<br />10<br /><ul><li>a Repository of open educational resources
  32. 32. a Referatoryto digital educational resources:
  33. 33. open and closed
  34. 34. free access and access to be paid for
  35. 35. public and commercial
  36. 36. easy to use arrangement and development tools for teachers / professors
  37. 37. end-user support for teachers when creating and using learning materials</li></li></ul><li>Networked Open Polytechnic<br />Objectives<br /><ul><li>establish a second track through HE for Lifelong, Open and Flexible (LOF) learning in a professional / vocational context (alongside the Open University system for academic HE)
  38. 38. explore an innovative open business model: an open network, using open source, open access and open content (rather than cloning OUNL)</li></li></ul><li>Networked Open Polytechnic<br />Means<br /><ul><li>Development of new educational programs in networks
  39. 39. Major NOP characteristics:
  40. 40. Open Educational Resources (CC-BY-SA)
  41. 41. modularity
  42. 42. assessment of prior learning (APL)
  43. 43. workplace learning
  44. 44. learning communities
  45. 45. regional offering in national infrastructure
  46. 46. link with professional practice</li></li></ul><li>Free Technology Academy<br />The FTA is a joint initiative of:<br /><ul><li>Open Universiteit of the Netherlands (OUNL)
  47. 47. Universidad Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  48. 48. University of Agder (UiA) Norway
  49. 49. Free Knowledge Institute (FKI), The Netherlands </li></li></ul><li>Free Technology Academy<br /><ul><li>Offers online master course modules
  50. 50. for IT professionals, students, teachers and decision makers
  51. 51. on Free Software & Open Standards
  52. 52. Learners can choose to enroll in an individual course module or register for the whole program</li></li></ul><li>Free Technology Academy<br /><ul><li>Learning materials are only freely licensed materials
  53. 53. Tuition takes place online in the FTA virtual campus and is performed by teaching staff from the partner universities
  54. 54. Credits obtained in the FTA program are recognized by the participating universities
  55. 55. The full master program can be completed at one of the universities </li></li></ul><li>Contributions<br /><ul><li>Fred Mulder on national strategy and OER policy; holder of the UNESCO chair ‘Open Educational Resources: studies on strategy, implementation and impact’ (
  56. 56. Robert Schuwer on OpenER and Wikiwijs (
  57. 57. Lex Bijlsma on Free Technology Academy (</li></li></ul><li>References<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Contact:<br />17<br />