My name is Ben Janssen. I am the director and founder of Open Ed Consult, an independent research and consultancy firm in the field of higher and technical vocational education that supports institutions, organizations and companies in designing, designing, monitoring and evaluating their education and training activities. I am also affiliated researcher to the UNESCO OER chair at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences ICT and I have flexible employment contracts with ResearchNed and FiBS
I am a great advocate of Open Education (OE), Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Policy. I am an experienced researcher and advisor in these fields. Open Education, Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Policy can play a decisive role in achieving more socially equitable and inclusive education.
I have a sound academic background and over 30 years of international experience in various capacities in research, education and training. I am a highly skilled project manager with a wide range of expertise in large scale research and consultancy projects in the Netherlands and abroad.
I provide research, analysis and advisory services on policies and practices related to vocational and higher education with a focus on the innovative power of open educational resources, open education, and related to (education in) logistics and transport.
I have conducted research for and advise national and international governments, organisations, and institutions in these areas (see the overview of my activities in recent years). I am a certified expert in the field of Creative Commons Licensing.
My experience as strategist or strategian coupled with my extensive collaborations with faculty and students with a specific focus on curricula, pedagogical and technologically enhanced projects has informed much of the innovative work I have been part of over the last decade.
I advise organisations and institutions in their processes to improve learning ability and learning culture, anticipating digital and social developments. In practice, this usually involves innovation processes. To diagnose an organisation or institution, I make extensive use of the (Open) Business Model Canvas, which examines educational practices, educational products, and educational services. The focus is on how value creation, the creation of added value for customers and the organisation, takes place. It examines whether it is necessary to make changes to this, for example by reconsidering the existing business model and adapting it to current requirements. The diagnosis pays attention to old and new customers, services, cost structure and the realization of revenue.
Over the years, I have built up extensive expertise both nationally and internationally. Where necessary, I can rely on a broad network of national and international colleagues and organisations.