Organisation profile

Layman's description

Resilient societies ask for educational systems that can meet the demands of rapidly changing technologies and new types of skills in the workplace. Moreover, they should not only strive for ‘cognitive goals’ but also foster social cohesion and global citizenship. Innovation in education may help learners to attain these goals. Innovative learning refers to renewing and improving education.

Institutions for higher education face today's challenges by using a digital learning environment that requires new teaching techniques, didactic models and methods. Universities should be able to account for their choices. This approach to digital, blended, and activated learning is a key characteristic of the OU.

Within the interdisciplinary research programme Innovating for resilience the research line 'Innovation in education' aims to improve higher and scientific education in general, and education of the OU in particular, by combining interdisciplinarity perspectives. Innovative research methods are encouraged and the research combines scientific and practical relevance. The emphasis is on collaboration, applicability and implementation. 

The research program has four key research lines: