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Thursday, October 18 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
State of Openness @ Higher Education in the Netherlands

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In the Netherlands, 14 research universities and 41 universities of applied sciences offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programs. The Dutch education system is known for the excellent quality of its teaching and research and its international academic environment.
In 2009 the Dutch Ministry of Education launched Wikiwijs, an OER platform. The goal is to give teachers in all educational sectors (from K-12 to higher education) a means of finding, sharing, creating and reusing OER. In 2011, SURF (the initiator of innovation in higher education and research) launched the nationwide Open Educational Resources Program. Its aim is to increase awareness of OER in Dutch higher education, to help higher education institutions develop a strategic approach to OER, and to advance the development and use/reuse of OER. In SURF’s Strategic Plan the Dutch higher education institutions have made the theme of “openness” a priority for the coming years, in both education and research.
In 2011, all these measures resulted in an increase in OER activities at several institutions. It remained unclear, however, which of the institutions had a clearly defined vision of OER that would result in an OER policy and progress in implementing that policy.
To define “the state of openness” in Dutch higher education, SURF and Wikiwijs conducted a survey in spring 2012. The survey’s aim was to answer the following key questions: To what extent do Dutch educational institutions have a policy on developing, sharing and using/reusing OER?, and (2) which OER are already available in Dutch higher education (or have the potential to become so)? The survey thus offers a glimpse of “the state of the art”, the purpose being to understand the extent to which OER have been implemented in Dutch higher education, in both the quantitative and qualitative sense.
The presentation will provide more details about the survey, its results and the subsequent actions.

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Hester Jelgerhuis

Project Manager Open Educational Resources Programme, SURF

Robert Schuwer

Professor, Open Universiteit/Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Thursday October 18, 2012 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT

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