Open University of The Netherlands: Educational models, virtual learning environments and support for e-learning

  • Published on

  • View

  • Download


  • Open University of The Netherlands Educational models, virtual learning environments and support for


    dr. Steven Verjans, lecturer

  • Overview

    Situating the Open University in The Netherlands

    Educational model

    Virtual Learning Environment(s) (VLE)

    Online presence vs. online student initiatives

    Organisational e-learning and VLE support

    New digital learning and working environment (DWLE) development programme

    Page 2

  • Situating the Open University of The Netherlands

    Page 3

  • Key figures

    Open = no entry level requirements

    17000 students (18+) enrolled in 1 or more courses (5000 new students annually)

    47000 courses per year

    Annual output: 250 Bachelor degrees & 300 Masters degrees

    1/3 of students with previous degree

    Degrees: Bachelor, Master, PhD, Commercial certificates

    Over 400 different Dutch-language courses available within 7 areas:

    Psychology, Law, Management, Humanities, Computer Science & Technology, Science, Educational Sciences

    700 staff members: half scientific staff, half support staff

    Location: Heerlen + 16 regional study centres (NL) + 6 study centres (BE-NL)

    Page 4

  • Page 5

  • Educational model(s)

    Current model Guided individual study

    Course enrollment

    Enrollment at any time

    Individual study

    Any time, any pace, any place

    Paper-based and web-supported

    Built-in didactic support

    Individual learning activities

    Optional regional tutoring meetings

    New model (starts Sept.2014) Activating online learning

    Degree enrollment

    Academic year (Sept.-Aug.)

    5 study periods of 10 weeks - Pacing

    Enrollment at start of study period (cohort)

    Web-centric with (e-)book materials

    3 online events per study period

    Built-in didactic support + in-course tutor + programme mentor

    Individual & group learning activities

    Page 6

  • Page 7

  • Assessment

    Under supervision, in regional study centre, embassy or consulate

    Computer-based individual exams

    Any time & place: multiple-choice exams. Immediate results

    Essays & reports submitted through VLE or e-mail, sometimes presented in virtual classroom (example)

    Timing: to be agreed with lecturer

    Checked with anti-plagiarism software

    Group exams, written exams: 5 exam weeks per year

    Page 8

  • Short break for questions

    Page 9

    Image credit:

  • Virtual learning environment(s)

    Page 10

  • Virtual Learning Environment(s)

    Main course website = Blackboard

    Some courses with electronic study guides = Moodle

    Virtual classroom = Blackboard Collaborate

    Experimental learning environment = OpenU (proprietary system built on top of Liferay)

    Page 11

  • Course page in Blackboard

    Page 12

  • Electronic study guides in Moodle

    Page 13

  • Virtual classroom

    Page 14

  • Student portal

    Page 15

  • Experimental VLE Educational Sciences = OpenU

    Page 16

  • Page 17

  • Page 18



  • Short break for questions

    Page 19

    Image credit:

  • Virtual learning environment not sufficient?

    Open University online presence: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook


    Student initiatives: Facebook, LinkedIn

    Page 20

  • OUNL presence on social media: LinkedIn

    Page 21





  • OUNL presence on social media: Twitter

    Page 22

  • OUNL presence on social media: Facebook

    Page 23


  • Student initiatives: Facebook

    Page 24






  • Student / alumni initiatives: LinkedIn

    Page 25





  • Short break for questions

    Page 26

    Image credit:

  • Organisational support for e-learning



    e B


    Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sc.

    Welten Institute Research in Learning,

    teaching and technology

    ECOP Educational support & teacher

    professional development Faculty of Humanities &


    Faculty of Management, Science & Technology

    General service & support dept.

    ELOSA VLE Support for students & staff (3)

    ICT Maintenance & support (5)

    ICT Development (15) University Office

    Page 27

  • Short break for questions

    Page 28

    Image credit:

  • New major development programme Digital learning and working environment, based on Liferay

    Page 29






    Governance &


    Programme management & -organisation

    Tercampo consultancy F. Gronsveld & A. van Venrooy

  • DLWE Programme structure (1/2)

    Project 1: Technical

    Set up technical platform

    Set up 4-tier DTAP platform: development, testing, acceptance, production

    Project 2: Functional (developers, teachers, students & support)

    Collaboratively define necessary and requested functionality

    Collaboratively develop functionality using SCRUM-approach

    Develop couplings with internal and external systems

    Formulate process descriptions & organise processes within organisation

    Page 30

  • DLWE Programme structure (2/2)

    Project 3: Implementation

    Develop course- and training materials

    Select and train the trainers

    Train teachers and developers

    Design and set up heldesk & support team

    In each faculty: implement DLWE: train teachers, develop courses using templates,

    Project 4: Governance & maintenance

    Develop and implement management, maintenance & innovation models

    Select and train developers & support staff

    Set up user & group management

    Page 31

  • DLWE planning

    Page 32 Tercampo consultancy F. Gronsveld & A. van Venrooy

  • The end Any more questions?

    Page 33

    Open University of The NetherlandsOverviewSituating the Open University of The NetherlandsKey figuresDianummer 5Educational model(s)Dianummer 7AssessmentShort break for questionsVirtual learning environment(s)Virtual Learning Environment(s)Course page in BlackboardElectronic study guides in MoodleVirtual classroomStudent portalExperimental VLE Educational Sciences = OpenUDianummer 17Dianummer 18Short break for questionsVirtual learning environment not sufficient?OUNL presence on social media: LinkedInOUNL presence on social media: TwitterOUNL presence on social media: FacebookStudent initiatives: FacebookStudent / alumni initiatives: LinkedInShort break for questionsOrganisational support for e-learningShort break for questionsNew major development programme Digital learning and working environment, based on LiferayDLWE Programme structure (1/2)DLWE Programme structure (2/2)DLWE planningThe end Any more questions?


View more >