Institutional overview: Vzw UC Limburg
Vzw UC Limburg (formerly KHLim) (UCLL) is a HEI in Flanders, collaborating under the name UC Leuven-Limburg with 2 other HEIs: vzw UC Leuven (formerly KHLeuven) and vzw UC Leuven Comenius Lerarenopleidingen (formerly Group T). UC Leuven-Limburg is renowned for the high quality of its teaching, research & regional development. More than 30 professional bachelor, and lifelong learning study programmes are offered in various disciplines, with a focus on health care, social work, business & commerce, teacher education, science & technology. UC Leuven-Limburg’s strong commitment to research ensures state-of-the-art training programmes for its 15 000 students.
Priority domains of the institution are: regional development, blended learning (including development of MOOCs), lifelong learning strategies, internationalisation & research. The research policy is focused on market-driven applied research. Central to the UC Leuven-Limburg’s mission in the field of research is to develop innovative technology for companies, and to transfer new technology to the market. UC Leuven-Limburg also provides consultancy and continuing education for local industries, organisations and governments. UC Leuven-Limburg is member of educational networks across the globe and strongly collaborates with local, regional and national policy-making bodies, resulting in a broad network of stakeholders. UC Leuven-Limburg is and has been involved in a variety of European projects: under FP7 (e.g. OPEN GARMENTS, PATHWAY, JamToday, TRADERS), under LLP (ELENA, SPIN-OFF, EU-Drivers, E-Divide), and other EC programmes (IEE, Daphne, Interreg).
Our projects are closely related to our study programmes. UC Leuven Limburg’s policy aims to maximize the interaction between research projects and education. This means that both students and teaching staff are involved in research practice. We also introduce research in any study program wherever possible. A quarter of our staff are involved in research projects, and 80% of the researchers are involved in teaching. Information and research competences are gradually developed in all study programmes.
VALERE AWOUTERS is Master in commercial and business sciences and Master of Science in e-learning, multimedia & consultancy. He is coordinator of the research group [ed+ict], education & ict within UC Leuven-Limburg since 2007. The research group [ed+ict] was founded in the teacher training department and has grown in many research areas in the different groups or departments of UC Leuven-Limburg: Management & Technology, Health-care & Wellbeing and Teacher Training. Valere is also co-founder of the research group's spin-off company CETIT bvba (Center for Educational Technology, Innovation & Training, 2011). Valere Awouters and UC Leuven-Limburg are members of two innovative European Networks: EDEN (Open, Distance and E-learning Network (http://www.eden-online.org/) and The Learning Teacher Network (http://www.learningteacher.eu/). Valere was project leader of the G.A.M.E.-project (Gaming As Motivator for the Economy) where youngsters were motivated to choose higher education pathways that lead to employment in the gaming-industry, including research. Special attention was given to stimulate girls to take part at the several activities of this project.
Ruben Jans is teacher and researcher at the UC Leuven-Limburg. He graduated as teacher secondary education and is Master of Science in Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change (Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 2010). He is teacher at UC Leuven-Limburg and researcher in the research group [ed+ict]. The research group [ed+ict] was founded in the teacher training department and has grown in many research area’s in the different groups or departments of UC Leuven-Limburg.
Ruben Jans main research interests are the use of ICT in all kinds of education, including education for special target groups and subjects. Recently he intensively worked on the project Serious Game Technics. This project wants to motivate and stimulate youngsters and especially girls to choose S.T.E.M.-education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Ruben also has been developing adaptive monitoring systems for language learning.
Ruben Jans is also a member of the European Social Fundion-agency (Flanders), he is an expert reviewer for new applications.
SEBASTIAAN JANS graduated as a teacher in secondary education and has a Master of Science in Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change (Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 2010). He is a lecturer in UC Leuven-Limburg and researcher in the research group [ed +ict]. The research group [ed+ict] was founded in the teacher training department and has grown in many research area’s in the different groups or departments of UC Leuven-Limburg. Sebastiaan Jans is also co-founder of the spin-off company CETIT bvba (Center for Educational Technology, Innovation & Training – 2011). His main research interests are the use of serious gaming and gamification in education and research. Recently he intensively worked on the project G.A.M.E., Gaming As Motivator for the Economy.