The Pilot hub Lecturer support focuses on the question: ‘How do we ensure that institutions provide their lecturers with the best possible support for educational (innovation) with technology?’ In two years’ time, we want there to be a strong, active national network of educational technology professionals within secondary vocational, higher vocational and university institutions who are directly or indirectly involved in facilitating the professional development of lecturers and teams of lecturers in the field of educational (innovation) with technology.
We focus on the group of support staff around the lecturer. These include educational technology professionals, educational experts and HR(D) advisors. We want to enable them to optimally support lecturers (teams) in education (innovation) with technology. Indirectly, the pilot hub focuses on the managers of lecturers (teams), such as team leaders and programme managers. They fulfil an important role in ensuring the right preconditions for lecturers to (learn to) use technology effectively and meaningfully in their education.
Within this network, knowledge is shared, experiences are exchanged and wishes from the institutions are translated into concrete products and services. The network also supports the professional development of educational technology professionals themselves.
In recent months, the coordination team has been working hard on a plan (starting document) for the pilot hub. It is great to see that the existing networks from the programmes Doorpakken op digitalisering (vocational and education training schools) and the Acceleration Plan Educational Innovation with IT (universities of applied sciences and research universities) are actively involved in the activities from Npuls in the field of lecturer support and the professional development of lecturers. The products we have developed in recent years will of course be included in the pilot hub’s activities.
The plan is based on the following two objectives. Firstly, strengthening the quality of and preconditions for lecturer support within the institutions of vocational and education training schools (VET), universities of applied sciences and research universities. Second, strengthening the educational technology professional in his/her role as a link between national developments, lecturers and other stakeholders in the institution.
To achieve these objectives, we have formulated the following activities, among others:
- Exploring and deploying a monitoring tool that helps relevant stakeholders within and across institutions to form a good picture of the digital competence of lecturers (teams) and to make and evaluate targeted interventions on that basis.
- The development of an instrument for effective demand articulation for translating support questions of (teams of) lecturers into appropriate knowledge, products and services.
- Developing a course for educational ICT professionals.