Top down or bottom up, designing and redesigning a Digital Campus…
Hans Ogg, Head of the ICT and Education department of INHOLLAND UniversityNico Juist, Project manager ICT and Education of INHOLLAND UniversityCopyright Juist & Ogg, 2007. This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is grantedfor this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyrightstatement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permissionof the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author
A new learning scenario for a new university
INHOLLAND University is one of the largest institutes of higher learning inthe Netherlands, with more than 38,000 students and 3,000 employees.The result of merging four major Dutch universities in 2002 comprises 16campuses and learning centers, throughout the western Netherlands. Theuniversity offers a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s programs,including finance, information technology, business management,communications, economics, education, social work, health care, musicand arts.In the merging process the university launched a new learning scenariocalled “Skills-based Education,” with a strong emphasis on collaborativeteam projects and individual learning. In this educational setting projectshelp demonstrate real-world proficiency in selected disciplines and givestudents valuable hands-on experience in collaborative teamwork.Students gain more responsibility for their own learning process, they canmake individual choices, but they have to prove if and how they acquire their skills. The evidence for that process is collected by the students in their personal Digital Portfolio(
A new ICT infrastructure, anywhere, anytime
For INHOLLAND University “Skills-based Education”requires the latest in electronic communication andcollaboration tools. Students must be able to worktogether; using the latest version of all kinds of software programs, and they need access to their fileson the network, whether they are at one of theINHOLLAND campuses or at home. Therefore a newICT architecture (Information and communicationtechnology), connecting 16 campuses in 9 cities, hasbeen built.On top of that infrastructure a corporate portal, a newssite, a learning environment, collaboration tools andseveral back office systems have been fit into an overall system called “The digital campus of INHOLLAND”. The ICT infrastructure INHOLLAND provided for employees and students was at thatmoment “state of the art”.