The Digital Education research group researches how the intended added value of technology can be achieved in higher education.
Blended learning is an educational approach that is more effective, in which interaction and the professional practice are given a greater role and in which the use of available time is optimised. Technologies such as learning analytics, virtual reality, adaptive learning technologies and AI offer opportunities to make education more effective and more motivating. However, as yet we know very little about when and how to best use these technologies.
Suitable personal learning pathway
An unpredictable future requires flexible education in order to constantly adapt to changing conditions and needs of students. In achieving the Avans Ambition 2025, the expertise and knowledge development of Digital Education is vital. This includes designing and performing blended learning arrangements as well as the blended supervision of students in the choices they need to make in a flexible learning environment. This is needed to allow students to design their own suitable personal learning pathway.
Improvement of the teaching practice
The improvement of higher education with technology requires a multidisciplinary and design-oriented approach, in which practice-based research is conducted in collaboration with those involved. In a successful innovation process, various parties involved offer various perspectives and valuable theoretical expertise and practical know-how. Cooperation between students, lecturers, ICTO coaches, researchers, IT experts and professionals from the daily practice ensures that the developed innovation will truly improve the educational practice. The Digital Education research group fulfils a pivotal role in this.