UM projects in the national programme on open and online education

UM projects in the national programme on open and online education

9 Mar 2018

Maastricht University has received grants in all years so far and is currently still in the race for this year’s incentive scheme.

TOOL Anatomy Platform

The Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and Maastricht University (UM) joined forces in 2015 with Dutch and Flemish anatomy departments to develop an open learning platform in which quality-controlled anatomy content and learning resources have been made freely available to all. This platform gives students easier access to good content and provides teachers with good teaching resources. Project results are to be found on the dedicated SURF webpage (in Dutch).



Skills, such as negotiation and mediation, are important for lawyers. In 2016, the UM Faculty of Law started to develop modules to train and enhance these learning skills in a multimedia environment. The We-Mediate fact sheet is currently only available in Dutch.


Leading to success – Smart choices & smart tools

The Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / UNU-MERIT intends to support the development of open online services to decrease dropout rates of the Master of Public Policy students within their specialisation tracks. They also focus on supporting and developing skills, specifically important for the public policy field. The Smart Choices & smart tools project started in 2017 and is also presented in a short video:

UM Library’s role

These projects piloted with teaching and learning activities developed needs relating to creating, storing and sharing (open) learning materials, building an infrastructure for certifying the (open) modules offered during and after the project and platforms where the activities took place. Topics, in which UM Library is considered a sparring-partner.

Not everything has been (or will be) transformed into a service already, but the projects gave us the opportunity to experience what open education implies for systems and procedures. Think of copyright issues, metadata to find and reuse materials, storing and sharing open learning materials. And giving access to open learning platforms on top of the infrastructure for UM students and staff, making students and staff aware of how to make use of these open educational resources, etcetera. Topics, which will also be addressed in an upcoming event, to make future projects prepared for open education.


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