Lifelong Learning and Innovative Teaching

The HKU Expertise Centre for Lifelong Learning and Innovative Teaching helps to develop education that is suited to creative professionals.

What we do 

The Expertise Centre for Lifelong Learning and Innovative Teaching supports the development of education for creative professionals at every stage of their career.

Developing educational content

Lifelong learning is an important theme in revitalising HKU’s education. Besides being a place for full-time students of higher professional education, HKU also wants to offer scope to working creative professionals, by offering flexible and varied education.
Education designers from the expertise centre work with the HKU schools on developing varied educational content for the different HKU target groups. They advise or guide lecturers and teams of lecturers in revitalising the education programme. They also contribute to policy on these themes; about minors, for example.

In Learning Communities, the expertise centre develops and shares knowledge in the areas of lifelong learning, becoming flexible and innovative teaching. These Learning Communities are made up of people from the professional field, lecturers, alumni, members of the board of examiners, the education organisation and the management.

Developing and sharing knowledge in Learning Communities

Read about the four Learning Communities below.

  • HKU’s education focuses not only on upcoming creative professionals who enrol for a full-time course. There’s also a growing emphasis on professionals (with or without experience) who want to deepen or broaden their knowledge and skills. After all, social and technological changes demand that we continue to learn. In the Learning Community for Lifelong Learning, we tackle several important issues related to this theme; for example, mapping out learning needs, doing pilots concerning modular education and issuing digital certificates.

    Programme leader:
    Margit Arts
    margit.arts@hku.nl

  • The Learning Community for Flexible Education explores how students can shape their own study path. Participants in this community think up concepts, test prototypes and work on solutions, on the basis of their own research question.
    Research topics include:

    • Thinking in learning outcomes, rather than learning goals
    • Focus on student welfare
    • Serving a great diversity of target groups
    • Compiling a balanced portfolio of minors

    If you’d like to participate, get in touch with Margit Arts
    margit.arts@hku.nl

    Programme leaders
    Roel Verberk
    roel.verberk@hku.nl

    Hanke Leeuw
    hanke.leeuw@hku.nl

  • The Learning Community for Blended and Online Learning explores ways in which technology and digital media can enhance education and make it more flexible. This issue has become even more urgent due to the corona crisis. The speed of the recent switch to online learning left little room for reflection, knowledge-sharing and going into more depth. In this community, we want to work on these elements with a diverse group of colleagues, especially those who may not yet feel completely comfortable with teaching online.

    Programme leader
    Anneke Nieuwdorp
    anneke.nieuwdorp@hku.nl

  • In the Learning Community for Connected Making, lecturers, students and alumni explore how we can create art education that links up with social challenges. In doing so, we connect our own makership (inreach) with the involvement of the community (outreach), and look at how that connection affects education. So we are working on flexible and future-proof education, in which students can develop into socially relevant makers at the heart of the community: makers who experience ‘drive as a maker’ and ‘social drive’ as complementary, rather than competing factors.

    Programme leader
    Peter Rombouts
    peter.rombouts@hku.nl

Who we are

  • Hanke Leeuw - director and didactic designer
    Marlies Dorigo - learning and education
    Vanesse de Graaff - management assistant
    Corrie Nagtegaal - learning and education
    Margit Arts - didactic designer
    Roel Verberk - didactic designer
    Martijn van Best - communications officer
    Marieke Lauwrier - quartermaster new target groups

Contact

Expertise Centre for Lifelong Learning and Innovative Teaching

Email: levenlangleren@hku.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)30-209 16 53