"Students’ perspectives on flexible higher education: What do they want and need?"

Herma Jonker, Tjark Huizinga, Mechteld van Kuijk, Suzan van Brussel

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Currently, various higher education (HE) institutes develop flexible curricula for various reasons, including promoting accessibility of HE, the societal need for more self-regulated professionals who engage in life-long learning, and the desire to increase motivation of students. Increasing flexibility in curricula allows students to choose for example what they learn, when they learn, how they learn,
where they learn, and/or with whom. However, HE institutes raise the question of what preferences and needs different stakeholders have with regard to flexibility, so that suitable choices can be made in the design of policies, curricula, and student support programs. In this workshop, we focus on student preferences and share recent insights from research on HE students' preferences regarding flexible education. Moreover, we use participants’ expertise to identify new (research) questions to further explore what students’ needs imply for several domains, namely curriculum-design, student support that is provided by educators/staff, policy, management, and the professional field. Firstly, a conceptual framework on flexible education and student’s preferences will be presented. Secondly, participants reflect in groups on student personas. Then, discussion groups have a Delphi-based discussion to collect new ideas for research. Finally, participants share the outcomes on a ‘willing wall’ and a ‘wailing wall’.
Original languageDutch
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2023
EventEuropean Association for Practitioners and Researchers on Learning and Instruction - Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Nov 202324 Nov 2023


ConferenceEuropean Association for Practitioners and Researchers on Learning and Instruction
Abbreviated titleEAPRIL
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • higher education
  • students' perspectives

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