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Description of the institution

Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) of the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL)
Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) of the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL)
Postal address: Valkenburgerweg 177, NL-PO Box 2960, 6401 DL Heerl
E-mail: Handover@ou.nl
Tel: +31 455762624

Partner information

The Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) is a Centre of Excellence in the fields of Learning Sciences and Technology Enhanced Learning. CELSTEC aims to research, develop and provide sustainable and evidence-based solutions for the advancement of learning at work, at school, at home and on the move. This is accomplished by combining state-of-the-art research in the Learning Sciences with the innovative powers of new media, mobile devices and the Internet. New solutions are extensively tested in our laboratories and in real practice, following the principles of open innovation. With the portfolio of our activities we are able to help our partners to innovate and improve their education, training and professional development system in all essential aspects.

CELSTEC's activities are concentrated in three Programmes (Learning and Cognition, Learning Networks for Professionals, and Learning Media), and an Institute for Education & Training. Each of the three programmes contains a combination of research projects, open laboratory projects, training activities and the provision of solutions to the market and to the Open University of the Netherlands. The tight integration of research, practice, experimentation and training in collaboration with partners establishes a process of open innovation in the field of learning and professional development.

Research team and qualifications

Henny P. A. Boshuizen Prof.

a project leader is an international specialist in medical expertise development and director of the Active Learning programme. Together with Prof Hans Gruber she is founder of the Learning and Professional Development Interest Group within EARLI (http://www.earli.org/special_interest_groups/learning_professional).


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Marcel van der Klink Dr

is specialised in human resource development with the emphasis on workplace learning, assessment and e-learning.


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Slavi Stoyanov Dr

is expert in developing educational materials in cooperation with domain experts and performance support systems.


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Wendy Kicken Dr

is specialized in self-directed learning with the emphasis on the use of e- portfolios and coaching to improve students’ self-directed learning skills.  Further, she has developed and provided workshops on competence-based learning and communication skills for supervision.


Hendrik Drachsler Dr

is focusing on new methods to improve informal learning for lifelong competence development by the use of Web 2.0, social software and recommender systems. Further, he is interested on research on learning networks, information retrieval technologies, and mash-up personal learning environments.