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Wednesday, April 25 • 15:35 - 16:00
Learning how to share – a Dutch perspective on infrastructure for Open Educational Resources

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In this session we share a Dutch perspective on infrastructure for open sharing and reuse of digital learning materials.

In 2015 the Dutch minister of Education formulated her ambition for OER as follows: “By 2025 all lecturers in higher education will make their teaching materials freely available so they can use each other’s digital learning materials”. Since then higher educational institutions, the Minister of Education and SURF have joint forces in the Netherlands.

One important need for lecturers is to be able to find and share high quality open educational resources more easily. Sharing must be quick and user-friendly, and the material must be easily accessible. Infrastructure that meet these criteria is not yet generally available for Dutch higher educational institutions.

SURF, the collaborative ICT organisation for Dutch education and research, has the intention to launch a national service that facilitates lecturers in higher education to share and reuse their teaching materials freely and successfully. The main goal of this national service is to unlock OER collections that are developed by Dutch higher educational institutions and improve the findability on a national level. Good metadata to support findability and compatibility with current international standards for the free exchange of data are essential in this respect. The collected metadata will be presented in a portal with search functionality.

The material should preferably be (peer)-reviewed before being published. Teacher communities can play an important role. In June 2017, the Ministry of Education launched an extension of the existing funding program Open and Online Education. Higher education institutions are invited to collaboratively build collections of qualitative outstanding digital open learning materials. There’s a special focus on teachers collaborating within domain specific and cross-institutional communities, review the quality of existing materials and complement these with new materials.


Kirsten Veelo

Projectmanager Open Leermaterialen, SURF

Wednesday April 25, 2018 15:35 - 16:00 CEST
Commissie 3