It is a great privilege to be rector of the Open University. I want to thank everyone for the nice words and congratulations. I’m looking forward to the years to come. This is a short video of the ceremony and my acceptance speech (in Dutch). The written English translation can be found here. The complete talks of our Dies Natalis can be found here (in Dutch).
What an exciting month it was this year. It already is a month of celebrations for us at home, with my wive’s and my birthday but that is not what I want to talk about. A birthday is not (yet) an achievement. What I want to tell you about is the honor we had as Executive Committee of E-learn (the World Conference on E-learning) to hand out an AACE fellow award to our good friend and wonderful colleague Curt Bonk for his achievements in the field of Educational Technology. See here: https://education.indiana.edu/index.html and
Secondly I’m so proud on PhD Student Harry Stokhof. His work won the 2016 Best Research & Practice Project Award during the EAPRIL conference. See here: https://eaprilconference.org/award-2016-nominees and in Dutch. This is the Youtube video.
Congratulations!! It is a pleasure to work (and celebrate) with both of them.