National developments on education with ICT

At Maastricht University, EDLAB is dedicated to improving the quality of education. We collaborate with other institutions of higher education to share knowledge and experiences, with a specific focus on integrating technology into education. Additionally, we actively seek out opportunities to participate in national programmes and secure funding for our projects.

We strive to keep the UM teaching and learning community up-to-date and engaged in the latest developments in Education and Information and Communication Technology (EDICT).

New national programme: NPuls (2023-2027)

Maastricht University will participate in the upcoming national Npuls programme, aimed at improving the quality of education and enhancing digital skills among both teachers and learners. As part of this eight-year initiative, participating institutions will collaborate on creating a joint IT and knowledge infrastructure.

View the Npuls infographic.

A total of 113 vocational education and training institutions, universities of applied sciences, and research universities are participating in the initiative in collaboration with organisations such as SURF, the NRO, and other education and non-education partners. At Maastricht University, EDLAB will be spearheading our university’s participation in the programme. We will work in collaboration with UM faculties and other units to invest in education quality and enhance digital skills among teachers and students.

We will keep you informed of Maastricht University’s progress in the Npuls programme. If you’re interested in receiving regular updates, you can sign up for the monthly Npuls newsletter by selecting ‘Subscribe to newsletter’.

The first edition of the newsletter is available here, both in Dutch and English.

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Acceleration Plan for Educational Innovation with ICT (2019-2022)

In 2019, the Netherlands Association of Universities, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and SURF initiated a four-year programme aiming at making optimal use of ICT for higher education in the Netherlands: the Acceleration Plan for Educational Innovation with ICT.

The project had three main ambitions:

  • Improving the connection of higher education institutions to the labour market.
  • Stimulating the flexibility of education.
  • Enabling smarter and better learning with technology.

UM in the Acceleration Plan: Open Educational Resources

One domain of the Dutch Acceleration Plan focused on working Towards (open) digital learning material to offer lecturers and students the opportunity to determine and use an optimal mix of (digital) educational resources for learning and teaching processes.

As a participant in this programme, Maastricht University started building the technical and organisational infrastructure for sharing material and integrating OER in the library collection for (re)use in education. We also initiated a project (still running) on the digital accessibility of the content we offer to our students.

From strategic visions to practical tools

After four years of work, the Acceleration Plan for Educational Innovation with ICT delivered a wide range of products, from strategic visions to practical tools to training courses for professional development and research publications. The infographic below summarises the primary outcomes of the various programmes. Click on the image to open the interactive file.

Acceleration Plan Educational Innovation with ICT: an overview of results
Acceleration Plan Educational Innovation with ICT: an overview of results

Some topics will be on the agenda of the upcoming national NPuls programme.

SURF: IT for Education and Research

SURF is an organisation that collaborates with educational and research institutions in the Netherlands to advance the use of ICT in education. By working with SURF, we can use ICT to innovate education and take advantage of the knowledge, experiences, and services that SURF is developing in partnership with other institutions.

One of SURF’s primary areas of expertise is IT for education. When there is a need for exploration and innovation, SURF regularly offers various incentive programnes to support this. Maastricht University has been a successful recipient of grants from SURF’s incentive scheme for open and online education for several years.

OCW/SURF incentive programme for open and online education

The significance of open and online education has been highlighted by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, which has incorporated this subject into its Strategic Agenda for Higher Education and Research 2015-2025. The ministry also provides funding for a national incentive programme aimed at promoting innovation in education, particularly in the creation, sharing, and (re)use of open learning resources.

UM projects in the incentive programme

Please connect with your colleagues to discover their findings and results!

SURF Special Interest Groups

SURF also facilitates various Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that dive into topics, share experiences and organise events for teachers. Examples of SIGs include AI in educationLearning Spaces or Digital Assessment.

Note: Information is often only shared in Dutch. To gain access or follow specific SIG pages, you sometimes need to sign in via SURF Connext using your UM credentials. And last but not least, students and staff can get access to educational software at SURF-spot in case it is not offered by your faculty.