In January 2006 the Taskforce e-learning has been founded by the University Library. Already from its offspring rector (Gerard Mols) chaired the task force. In the first year the taskforce (with representatives from all faculties) proposed a three year program focusing on e-learning and to which the university board granted a budget of K€450. The projects have been ended last year: financially at 31 December 2010, practically in the first half of 2011.

In the second half of 2011 the report has been offered and discussed by the Executive Board (College van Bestuur), the Education Advisory Board (Onderwijsadviesraad) en the University council (Universiteitsraad) and now its available for all interested in e-learning activities the programme initiated and the experiences and outcomes of the projects.

The foundation of the taskforce was the consequence of positioning maintenance and support of the university wide electronic learning environment (EleUM) within the University Library (in 2006).  Also teacher support aimed at implementing EleUM within teaching and education as well as e-learning initiatives became part of the library’s job. The taskforce aimed at starting up a coherent set of projects focusing on educational innovation by means of e-learning and making these developments part of the university strategy.

In the end report all projects within this strategic programme are described. Themes which were covered (with a reference to the specific paragraph in the document):

  • Connecting preliminary education to the UM educational programme (Webspijkeren, §4.4.1)
  • PBL redesign for blended and distance education (PGO-online, §4.4.2)
  • Interaction in the tutorial groups during meetings as well as based on (with means of ICT) enriched learning resources (CSCL met beeldmateriaal and Computer-augmented face to face PBL, respectively §4.4.3 and 4.4.4)
  • Staff development (e-Teacher training, §4.6.1.)
  • With e-learning tools facilitated internships (e-Internships, §4.6.2.)
  • Mobile devices for teaching and learning (Mobile Learning @ UM, §4.6.3.)
  • Simulation within education (Duavivo, §4.6.4)
  • And conditions for e-learning (Flankerend Beleid, §4.4.5)

As few titles already imply, the end report is for the greater part in Dutch. You can find information about project leaders as well, and contact them if you need more specific or translated information about a specific project. Of the allocated K€450 K€400 has been used. The under spending has found its way back to the central budget.

Also an overview of (partially) by SURF financed projects is given and to which the university has committed her self to after being adviced about by the taskforce (chapter 5); projects within the “Nationaal Actieplan e-Learning”, and the programmes on “Studiekeuzegesprekken” and (the still running program) “Toetsing en toetsgestuurd leren”. The university received an institution part of in total K€3.358 from SURF.

Embedding of knowledge and experience has been reached by dissemination activities (e.g. in publications and presentations during thematically programmed seminars and university wide symposia as the Leading in Learning symposium as was held at December 1, 2011. In the final year of the programme continuation of activities has been secured by founding the pillar e-Factor in PBL within the masterplan Leading in Learning. Reports and experiences will be shared with project leaders of current and new projects within this masterplan. Also explicit attention will be given to dissemination and teacher development.

On the soon to be launched Leading in Learning website (20 April), you will find more information about the current projects within the e-learning pillar.

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