Final conference Blended Learning



Paleis der Academiën, Brussel

Final conference Blended Learning


Klasse Technische wetenschappen
Georges Van der Perre (Organisator)

Activiteit in het kader van de Denkerscyclus 

Activiteit in het kader van het Standpunt 

Dit symposium was de afsluiter van het Denkersprogramma over Blended Learning van de Klasse Technische Wetenschappen.

Should higher education institutions embrace the digital revolution as the key to a new future? Should they resist it as a threat to their very essence, or just ignore it as just another dot com bubble? Did Flemish universities and colleges miss the train already?
The latter certainly not (yet). Flemish institutions are intensively engaged in e-learning: by scientific research, through a wide range of pilot projects (up to the organization of their own MOOCs, the famous Massive Open Online Courses) and by thorough discussion and reflection.

The above was one of the conclusions made by the two Thinkers-in-residence who were invited in 2014 by the KVAB to explore the state of the art in Flemish Higher Education and to confront it with their own vision and experience. Thinkers Pierre Dillenbourg and Diana Laurillard are international top experts in the advanced use of ICT in education. They presented their findings during the final conference of the Thinkers' Programme.


0 Introduction and welcome 09:00 - 09:05
Georges Van der Perre, coordinator of the KVAB Blended Learning project (speaker)
1 Session 1: The MOOCs challenge 09:05 - 09:55

1.1 The MOOCs Tsunami: MOOCs offer and participation in the world, Europe and Belgium
Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL, KVAB-Thinker in Residence (speaker)
1.2 A Belgian pioneer: The UCL and the LouvainX program
Françoise Docq, IPM, UCL (speaker)
1.3 Flemish students in an entrepreneurship MOOC with Berkeley and Stanford
Frank Gielen, UGent, iMinds (speaker)
1.4 A European model: the OpenupED platform
Peter Sloep, OU-Netherlands (speaker)
2 Session 2: Blended learning (BL), open educational resources (OER), learning design (LD) 09:55 - 11:15
2.1 Video lectures and discussion forum in a master course on Plant Biotechnology
Lieve Gheysen, UGent (speaker)
2.2 Flipped classroom and web learning in a basic Engineering Mechanics course
Jos Vander Sloten, KU Leuven (speaker)
2.3 Blended learning trajectory for working students in the master program in Social Work
Dimitri Mortelmans, UAntwerpen (speaker)


2.4 Distance Learning Program in the Master Statistics
Roel Braekers, UHasselt (speaker)
2.5 Blended Learning program in Educational Sciences
Koen Lombaerts, VUB (speaker)
2.6 State of the Art: BL, OER and LD in the world, Europe and Flanders
Diana Laurillard, The Institute of Education, London, KVAB-Thinker in Residence (speaker)
2.7 Research on Blended Learning: Ideas for a research agenda
Jan Elen, KU Leuven (speaker)
Katie Goeman, KU Leuven (speaker)
3 Session 3: A systemic vision on the optimal exploitation of ICT and Internet for Higher Learning in Flanders and beyond 11:15 - 12:05
3.1 The two Thinkers in Residence Position Papers
3.1.1 Thinking about Blended Learning
Diana Laurillard, Thinker in residence (speaker)
3.1.2 No time to lose - Proposing a MOOC strategy for Flanders Universities
Pierre Dillenbourg, Thinker in residence (speaker)
3.2 Panel: Blended learning visions and experiences in Flanders and Europe
Anne Flierman, NVAO (Flemish-Dutch Accreditation Organization) (speaker)
Andreas Frans, VVS (Flemish Student Body) (speaker)
Roland Legrand, De Tijd (speaker)
Rosette S'Jegers, VLIR (Flemish Interuniversity Council) (speaker)
Cis Van Den Bogaert, Working Group Digital Learning, VLOR (Flemish Education Council) (speaker)
4 Session 4: Debate and closing addresses 12:05 - 12:35
4.1 Debate
Georges Van der Perre, (moderator)
4.2 Closure
Ludo Gelders, Chairman of the KVAB (speaker)