Below, you will find the information for the On-campus sessions for the Digital Higher Education Summit on 29th & 30th of November.

29th November

Opening, introduction and welcome

  • Coffee and lunch
  • Opening, introduction and welcome – Jan Haarhuis (Utrecht University)
  • The European Commission’s Action Plan on Digital Education
  • UtrechtTimemachine project; combining digital education and citizen science
  • Diner

Keynote: Professor Bert van der Zwaan – Strange, Wonderful, and Disturbing: “digitisation and artificial intelligence in higher education”

Professor van der Zwaan will present on his recent well-received book, Higher Education in 2040: A global approach (2017), exploring the future of modern higher education on a global scale and the development of a new type of university suitable for the digital age. Professor van der Zwaan is a former President of the LERU Board of Directors and former Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University.

Parallel sessions based on different task groups

  • Create a framework for localization: mapping courses on Academic Development to local needs
  • Discover ABC, UCL’s fast, fun approach to learning design (presentation)
  • Discover the “Redesign your course with blended learning” course of Utrecht University: an (interactive) presentation
  • How to collaborate on research in education within LERU partners
  • Round-table discussion: BYOD e-assessment in higher education
  • The pedagogical and technical possibilities, advantages and challenges of different types of electronic exams in LERU universities Please fill in the survey: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/92909/lomake.html
  • E-Assessment at LERU Universities: Surveys, results, updates. Please fill in the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhRQ-dmRZQSEbLsOKYDUEkQpagma7hcdIP2aLrpQektWYUbg/viewform 
  • Seven things you should know about Virtual Exchange for credit
  • Current state and future of open education
  • Produce short instructional videos with Lightboard technology
  • Make students produce videos – and achieve new insights
  • A manifesto for videos in higher education
  • Hands-on iPad video workshop

Vice Rectors programme

Session for Vice Rectors Teaching and Learning

The aim of the Special Vice Rectors Session is to facilitate a timely discussion on the challenges, opportunities and directions for change for research-intensive universities in the digital age.

The special programme will be chaired by Piet Desmet (Vice Rector KU Leuven & KU Leuven KULAK Kortrijk Campus / Academic Director KU Leuven Campus Bruges)

Digital Scholarship and the Digital University

Tim Savage will build upon Professor van der Zwaan’s presentation looking at the challenges, opportunities and affordances of digital technologies and modes of working. The contested space of digital higher education, digital scholarship and the digital university will be explored. Dr. Savage is a lecturer in technology and learning and a former Associate Dean for Online Education leading Trinity’s online education project and MOOC initiative.

By: Tim Savage (Trinity College, the University of Dublin)

Changing education: a balancing act

This collaborative workshop will draw upon research of how to implement change in institutions dominated by professional workforce. The strategies for the specific context and cohort is particularly relevant for the process of driving effective and far reaching change in research-intensive higher educational institutions.
Making strategic decisions about the innovation of higher education is important but it is also only the beginning of a challenging process. The next challenge is to implement these innovations so that real change in teaching and learning practices ensues. Doing this in professional organisations is no easy task. In this workshop, we work together with vice-rectors to explore what common challenges are. We reflect on these challenges on the basis of scientific literature, research and practices in other places.

This workshop is offered by USG Consulting, which is part of the Utrecht University School of Governance. USG Consultancy has broad experience with change in professional organisations, from healthcare to security, but certainly also in (higher) education.
Inventory of challenges connected to initiating and implementing educational innovation
Reflection on challenges and possible actions

Take aways:
Experience shared with colleagues
Broadened thinking about implementing innovation
Insights into literature and research about org. change

By: Sebastiaan Steenman and Marie-Jeanne Schiffelers (University school of governance(USG), Public Administration and Organization Science, Utrecht University, support Educate-it programme at Utrecht University)

Keynote: The European Commission’s Action Plan on Digital Education

“EU education policy and initiatives, including the Digital Action plan (title tbc)”.

30th November

Parallel sessions based on different taskgroups:

  • ABC and (re)design your blended course Hands on! Try out new ways to redesign your courses (workshop)
  • Learning Analytics – opportunities and pitfalls
  • Order effects in e-assessment
  • Opportunities and challenges of e-assessment exams from a student perspective
  • Digital portfolio as a formative and assessment tool for Health Sciences
  • Programmatic assessment, model for future assessment based on formative testing
  • Using VR and AR in education
  • How can LERU partners benefit from partner OER videos and other teaching materials?
  • Message from the Frontier

Plenary session, closing conference

Closing of conference
The aim of the Special Vice Rectors Session is to facilitate a timely discussion on the challenges, opportunities and directions for change for research-intensive universities in the digital age.
Research-intensive higher education institutions are operating in challenging times. As higher education becomes increasingly globalised so does competition and new modes of educational experience and certification are being actively explored both within and without the formal higher education sector. Cost and funding pressures are increasing at the same time as demands are made for institutions to respond more proactively to society’s needs in terms of a perceived skills gap and innovation gap.
At the same time digital technologies and modes of work and creation have much to offer the research-intensive university across teaching, research, administration and supporting the broader institutional mission. The digital university and notions of digital scholarship go beyond training, competencies and infrastructure.
Within this climate there is no longer any doubt that universities will need to respond and change. Adaptation to technological and societal change is needed and within a short time span. The challenges are where to change, how to change and in what ways can change be accelerated.

By: Chaired by Conference committee: Jan Haarhuis (Utrecht University), Manuela Milani (University of Milan), Sari Koski-Kotiranta (University of Helsinki)


Extra: The Utrecht University Teaching & Learning Lab Autumn Festival 2018

You could think about visiting the Utrecht University Teaching & Learning Lab Autumn Festival 2018, which is a yearly free festival aimed at innovations in secondary and higher education. This year’s edition is planned for Friday, November 30th, right after the LERU Digital Higher Education Summit. Please visit  TLL website for more information and registration.

Teaching Learning Lab webiste


The On-campus Conference will take place on 29th and 30th of November 2018, at Utrecht University 

24-hour conference – noon till noon
Utrecht University Hall (Utrecht city centre) 

Information on how to go to Utrecht University Hall can be found in the booklet

Download the booklet for the 'Digital Higher Education Summit 2018' here!

Conference app

The buttons below will lead you to conference app in the Itunes- & Play-store .
This app will show the programme for the online sessions. 

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