'Education does not sufficiently prepare for a digitized society'

Dutch education is insufficiently prepared for the digitized society. This is what Frans Jacobs, lecturer and former policy advisor ICT and Information Management at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, says in his thesis 'Slagvaardig met ICT', which he defends on Wednesday. ICT is an important condition for innovation in all sectors of society

Dutch education is insufficiently prepared for the digitized society. This is what Frans Jacobs, lecturer and former policy advisor ICT and Information Management at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, says in his thesis 'Slagvaardig met ICT', which he defends on Wednesday.

ICT is an important condition for innovation in all sectors of society. To be able to play a significant role, every higher professional education student must be able to acquire professional digital competences. This is currently insufficiently done, according to the PhD student. 'Now that we are online so often and more and more processes are playing online, it is important that HBO integrates into the digital world. After all, it concerns the future of students: they must be able to participate in existing and new forms of digitization in the sector for which they are being trained. '

To enable hbo to catch up on the ICT gap, Jacobs developed twelve design principles for learning environments that make online learning possible for students, also in contact with professionals from sectors in which they want to work. HBO institutions need to look a lot more at the possibilities of online learning and adjust their management accordingly. As a result, they can realize major benefits for multiple parties, says Jacobs.

In the March issue of Emerce (120) a background story about digital education appears.