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  • 1. Towards a future VLE for an Open and Distance Learning Institution Dr. Steven Verjans Open Universiteit Nederland Educational Technology Expertise Centre
  • 2. Current situation Open Universiteit NL
    • The Dutch university for lifelong learning
    • High-quality distance education at academic level
    • No formal admission requirements
    • Study at your own pace and location, in your own time. No student cohorts.
    • Coaching and guidance through phone, e-mail, coaching sessions in study centres, workshops
    • 32000 students enrolled,
            • 43% have paid job
            • 44% of ‘second chance’ students
  • 3. Lifelong learning university
    • Next to ‘traditional’ degree programmes,
      • specific tailor-made programmes, but also
      • different specific offerings:
        • single courses,
        • open educational resources
      • room for informal and non-formal learning
      • support for communities-of-practice (RdMC)
      • APL – Accreditation of prior learning
    • Joint initiatives with other HE institutions
    • National Dutch initiative ‘Long live learning!’
  • 4. Strategic issues of the Open Universiteit
    • Competitive situation is changing for ODL universities for degree programmes
    • More competition from ‘traditionals’ and other providers, much online learning materials
    • Issues
    • Formal vs. informal education
    • Degree programmes (BaMa) vs. ad hoc demand
    • Cohort-based vs. individual learning
    • More or less coaching (time-consuming)
  • 5. Current VLE
    • 1997: StudieNet: component-based (newsgroups, course webs)
    • Current: BlackBoard, with several other systems running in parallel for specific functionality
    • Mainly supports degree programmes, closed-access systems (quality and legal criteria)
    • Dilemma:
      • Different tools are needed to support lifelong competence development & informal learning
  • 6.  
  • 7. OUNL’s VLE of the future - Issues
    • Different learning products require different tools
      • Degree programmes vs. lifelong learning
      • How to combine controlled environment for degree programme with support for more informal contextualised learning?
    • Parallel initiatives make for complex organisational context
      • Institution-wide enterprise architecture
      • Digital identity management project
      • Update of web-presence (portal)
  • 8. OUNL’s VLE of the future - Principles
    • Personal, flexible and sustainable
    • Personal learning & working environment for learner and staff, no longer ‘just’ a VLE/LMS
    • Preference for Open Source
    • Easily ‘mashable’ services (Netvibes, iGoogle…)
    • Learning in a network / community
    • Experimental vs. production environment
    • Widest possible organisational support is needed
    • Careful transition is needed
  • 9. Preliminary model
  • 10. Next steps
    • Finalise strategic-level discussion
    • Formulate development and implementation plans
    • Hang on to current VLE for the time being & incrementally choose / develop & implement new services
  • 11. Conclusion
    • “ OUNL chooses Moodle, Sakai, Fronter, …”?
    • No! Getting the vision of the future right !
  • 12. Tak – Thanks – Danke – Grazie – Merci