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Flexible learning pathways

How can you make your courses more flexible? On this page, you will discover various ways to design more flexible courses.

Courses that can be followed anytime, anywhere – thanks to technology

There are various tools that you can use to make your courses more flexible and to give students greater freedom in deciding when to study. For example, you could use knowledge clips or the ‘flipping the classroom’ concept so that your courses can be partly followed online. For more information on using technology in your courses, visit the Technology in teaching page (in dutch).

Flexible degree programmes

To make degree programmes more accessible to people who have a job, children or personal commitments, the programmes can be made more flexible. There are various ways to do this, for example, by offering a part-time version of the programme, or by scheduling on-campus teaching on set days of the week and giving students the option of studying online for the rest of the week. The ICLON’s teacher training programmes are a good example of this: students are taught on campus one day a week, and the rest of the week they gain practical teaching experience. Hybrid teaching is a variation on this; here, students can choose whether they want to study remotely or on campus.

Beyond the university

Making education more flexible is also about offering opportunities to explore beyond the walls of the university: the labour market or a particular profession, society, technology or the world, as well as opportunities to do an internship, take part in a community or research project or to study abroad. Looking for more inspiration on how to start implementing these aspects in your courses or degree programme? Then visit the pages on Employability enhancement, Engagement with society and Internationalisation.

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