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Innovative Distance Education. Prof. Wim Jochems Prof. Rob Koper General director Head Learning networks programme Educational Technology Expertise Centre (OTEC). OUNL. OUNL mission. Distance education: 6 faculties in the lead Innovation in higher education: OTEC within OUNL

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innovative distance education

Innovative Distance Education

Prof. Wim Jochems Prof. Rob Koper

General director Head Learning networks programme

Educational Technology Expertise Centre (OTEC)



ounl mission
OUNL mission

Distance education:

6 faculties in the lead

Innovation in higher education: OTEC

within OUNL

within Dutch higher education institutes

Teacher training: Ruud De Moor Institute

some characteristics
Some characteristics
  • founded in 1984
  • about 650 staff members
  • 15 study centers in the Netherlands and 6 in Flanders
  • 23.000 students all in
  • founding member of the Dutch Digital University

educational model integrated e learning
Educational model: integrated e-learning

mix of:

  • guided self study: written distance learning materials
  • face-to-face activities: very limited
  • e-learning as a means to manage self study: (part)task in task structures
  • integration of training on the job: learning by doing
  • all communication via Internet (info, feedback, …)

in search for an optimal mix

integrated e learning
Integrated e-learning

Jochems, Van Merriënboer & Koper (2004), Integrated e-learning; implications for pedagogy, technology and organization. London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004.

See also:

educational technology expertise centre otec
Educational Technology Expertise CentreOTEC
  • 80 educational technologists
  • R&D in instructional design, multi media design and learning technologies (45%)
  • consultancy and training with respect to the use of ICT in education (55%)
  • 35% “external” money: NSF, EU, HE institutes, Digital University, companies, etc.

some principles
Some principles
  • staff members participate in 2 programmes: transfer and feedback (min. 50% implementation)
  • five year programmes, externally reviewed
  • all activities (projects) within a programme
  • programme head focusses on content; capacity manager and support manager focus on personel, finances and material issues
  • growth by increase of external funds


supporting educational innovation:

  • comakership: course development in coproduction with teachers in course teams

(OUNL, Digital University)

  • consultancy: coaching innovation projects (OUNL, HE-institutes, Agricultural Education, …)


disseminating educational technology-expertise:

  • masters in educational sciences/technology
  • short courses: instructional design, UML, design of digital courses, …
  • seminars on e-learning policy and e-learning introduction in HE

R & D
  • 5 year programmes, consisting of projects with defined deliverables and deadlines
  • externally assessed
  • pooled capacity allocated to programme
  • programme manager is responsible for quality and output
  • externally financed projects have to fit within programme


Instructional design for competency-based learning

ID-OTEC Instructional Design for Open Tasks, Environments and Communities

  • Design of e-learning materials
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Assessment: authentic assessment, portfolio

Partly financed by Dutch Science Foundation, DFG, EU, IT-companies

technology development
Technology development

1e program (1998 – 2002) learning technologies

  • EML/LD
  • prototypes Edubox
  • Valkenburg group
  • EU-projects (e.g. Alfanet)

2e program: 2003-2007: learning networks, partly financed by EU

r d collaboration
R & D collaboration

With faculties within OUNL

  • Impact on programme development
  • Participation in projects

With external parties

  • Based on quality and “added value”
  • In projects with specified roles/contribution

fostering an r d culture
Fostering an R&D culture
  • strong R&D management: deadlines and deliverables
  • projects within the programme: focus on core of OTEC expertise
  • output assessment: accountability
  • staff development: training and support

thank you for your attention
Thank you for your attention

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