In order to combine science, education and practice, I am involved in practice-oriented research and development projects at the interface of digital technology, social work and learning. Here is an overview of current and past projects.

Flip Edu Up (2020-2022)

The project “Flip Edu Up (FEU)” will target European adult education centres and adult educators searching for support to improve their competences in teaching and digital skills in order to digitalise their teaching programmes and engage adult learners.

The project foresees to realise two Intellectual Outputs (IO), staff training activity (international pilot testing, local pilot testing), series of webinars, podcasts, interviews, articles, four Multiplier Events and one final conference. The IO 1 will be a manual “Methodology, Quality Assurance and Evaluation for Blended Learning Approach in adult education”, the IO 2 an e‐platform (“Community of innovators”) whose multilingual e‐courses and social learning area will enable autonomous learning by educators in partner countries and in Europe. This e‐learning platform will consist of two main elements: I) Practical online courses for educators/trainer to access and receive support from the course creators when embarking on in the blended learning journey, and ii) Learning space (community of innovators), which will allow users to come together and learn from each other interactively.

Educate! E-Learning for the Textile Care Sector (2018-2021)

The Erasmus+ project “Educate! E-Learning for the Textile Care Sector“, implemented by 6 partners from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden, addresses the priorities of social inclusion and open education and innovative educational practices in a digital age. The business-oriented and media-innovative approach of this project opens the door to vocational training for low-skilled workers, thus promoting equality, including gender equality, and inclusion.

csm_Educate__c65a9baf05In this project digital learning materials such as e-learning modules, e-tutorials/explanatory videos and a learning platform will be developed and a work-based learning approach will be supported. On the one hand, there is the possibility to get information directly needed with the help of mobile devices, on the other hand, the project encourages employees to make their own learning experiences available to other employees in the form of small online tutorials. This approach strengthens employees’ reflexivity and self-confidence, encourages new forms of learning and at the same time promotes media and digital literacy.

Blended Smoking Cessation Treatment (2014-2020)

Doctoral research on Blended Smoking Cessation Treatment, a new type of therapy to help people stop smoking. An evaluation study is exploring the effectiveness for the cessation of smoking of a blended version of face-to-face treatment plus online treatment compared with face-to-face treatment only. Additional sub studies are conducted on user experience and adherence. The research is being supported by Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the University of Twenteaddiction treatment institute Tactus and the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital.

Youth Work Mobile 2.0 – Train (YOWOMO2.0-Train) (2016-2019)

The core idea of YOWOMO2.0-Train is to get youth work in shape for the 21st century. YOWOMO2.0-Train builds on the results of the European research projects “EU Kids Online” and “Net Children Go Mobile”. Their results indicate that both the training of youth workers and their professional practice are challenged by the growing significance of smartphones and social media in young people’s lives. Internet use is increasingly mobile with more children accessing the internet in the p
rivacy of their bedroom and when out and about. Although children do more online, most do still not climb far up “the ladder of opportunities”. The knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for professional youth work facing these challenges are described in the Youth Work Mobile 2.0 (YOWOMO2.0) competence framework, which is the outcome of a former European partnership. Building on this framework, YOWOMO2.0-Train will now be the first project to be sustainable and to implement the YOWOMO2.0-competences for youth work in the age of smartphones and social media in youth work education and training. (more)

Youth Work Mobile 2.0 (YOWOMO2.0) (2013-2015)

Youth Work Mobile 2.0 (YOWOMO2.0) was a European Partnership developing a framework for Vocational and Educational Training (VET) of youth workers facing the growing significance of smartphones and social media in the life of their clients. (more)

Saxion op Pad (2013)

Use of iPads in training and field work by Social Work students (more)

Give Saxion a Smart Touch (2012)

Using Near Field Communication (NFC) and QR-Codes in Higher Education developing an interactive worldmap (more)

4f218071-e820-46ad-bbdd-2ce6676904c5_4_5005_cUsing Near Field Communication (NFC) and QR-Codes in Higher Education developing an interactive worldmap (more)