THE DUTCH NETWORK FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Update and activities, June 2011 by Paul Deneer

The basics of the network:
• Founded as organisation in January 2010, successor of an informal network of university institutes for educational development, called CRWO.
• Coordinated by a board of six persons (elected by the members); at present three representatives of research universities and three of universities for applied sciences.
• Financed by individual membership (80 euro per year), 128 members 2010
• Membership is open for people working in the field of educational development at research universities or at universities for applied sciences.

Aim:
• To further the quality of higher education, by

  • Showing the available expertise on educational development in higher education
  • Facilitating collaboration and sharing of expertise between the members
  • Contribute to the development of the dicipline of educational development in higher education

• To work on a formal recognition of the expertise of its members
• To enhance research on higher education

Membership is open for:
• Advisors on educational development in higher education
• Researchers of higher education
• Teacher trainers in higher education

Activities:
• Website developed, up and running: http://www.ehon.nl
• Annual conference
• Journal (called Research of Education, published three times per year)
• Publishing of books
• Working groups (at present four groups: ‘Teacher training´; ´Quality and accreditation´; ‘Educational centres at research universities’;  ‘Education and Development network of universities for applied sciences’)
• Workshops, seminars
• Annual members meeting
• Contact with other organisations working in the field of higher educations

Success:
Start of the organisation (after discussion and preparation that took more than two years)
Seminar on “Study success” January 2011
EHON conference 2011

Difficulty:
It’s difficult to bring two worlds together: the World of the research universities en the World of universities for applied sciences.

Development next year:
Discussion on the formal qualification of teacher trainers
To spent money on a better communication to our members (to strengthen the link between members and EHON)

 
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