HAN University of Applied Sciences offers higher education of an outstanding quality within an inspiring, innovative, international environment. The Arnhem and Nijmegen campuses offer Bachelors and Masters courses to approximately 30,000 students. HAN University of Applied Sciences broad range of courses can be taken either full-time, part-time, online, separately or in combination with a variety of other internal and /or external courses. Our Centres of Expertise and applied research centres deliver custom research, advice and postgraduate courses for companies and institutions. With clear and rigorous contract management, we strive to deliver result-oriented work based on a large degree of freedom within an agreed framework.
Research plays an important role in the education offered at HAN University. At the centre of HAN’s research networks are research centers, led by professors. They maintain a vast network that includes other educational institutions, the business community, government bodies and non-profit organizations in the region. The professors involve students, lecturers and the work field in their research. This synergy between theory and practice is what makes HAN a successful university of applied science. The track record of HAN university contains regional, national and European research funding. Practice-based research at HAN is multidisciplinary and relates to themes from the professional world. HAN University shares and develops knowledge in the professional field as well as extracts knowledge from the professional field. This exchange acts as a catalyst for the development of our education. Teaching and Learning with ICT is one of the 10 most important research themes currently being studied at HAN.
iXperium – Centre of Expertise Teaching and Learning with ICT has been one of the central research themes of the Faculty of Education since 2003. In 2011 HAN University, the Faculty of Education and the educational work field established the regional iXperium – Centre of Expertise (CoE) Teaching and Learning with ICT. CLC Arnhem is partner in this collaboration. iXperium supports the implementation of ict-enhanced learning and teaching as well as digital literacy in the curricula of both regional primary, secondary and vocational education and in HAN teacher training programs and supports the needed organizational and cultural changes in schools and school teams. Moreover, iXperium has created a regional ‘changelab’ for learning and teaching with ICT. In the iXperium work spaces, teachers, student-teachers, teacher-trainers, researchers and experts work together to develop research-based, innovative learning arrangements with ICT (ICT as a means for differentiation) and about ICT (digital literacy as a learning goal). Dr. Marijke Kral PhD is leading professor of iXperium.
Starting from concrete questions from school practice, HAN researchers from the iXperium – Centre of Expertise and other units design and study effective ICT-rich learning arrangements. To this end, they collaborate in design teams with teacher educators, practicing teachers, experts, students of the teacher education courses and ICT students. A physical lab has also been established in which experiments are performed using the latest technological applications. Personalized Learning with Educational Technology (ICT) is the umbrella under which HAN students, professors, researchers and teacher educators conduct practice-based research, in collaboration with and for the benefit of professional practice.