Personal details

Name                    :    Ben (B.J.P Janssen (photo by janpath.nl)
Education           :    MSc Urban & Regional Planning , Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (2000)   

Occupational field         

Freelance Consultant and Researcher Open Educational Resources and Open Education / Expert Business Modelling and Strategy Formation for Education / Expert Lifelong Learning / Educational Policy Analist / Expert Vocational Education and Training / Expert Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure.                                        

Founder and director of Open Ed Consult, a research and consultancy firm applying the notions of Open educational resources, Open Education Flexible and Blended Education, (Technical) Vocational Education and Training, and Lifelong Learning to solve problems in education and vocational training

Professional and work Experience

2013 – to date: OpenEd Consult

  • Study into the specific role of Open Educational resources (OER) and Open Education in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Study commissioned by UNESCO-UNEVOC,Berlin, (2017).
  • Identification and Test of Set of Indicators to Measure Adoption and Impact of Open Educational Resources Worldwide. Assignment by UNESCO, ICT in Education Unit, Paris, in collaboration with Dominc Orr, Institute for Education and Socio Economic research and Consulting, Berlin, and Fred Mulder.
  • Advisor to the Project ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Flexible Lifelong Learning pilot projects of Dutch public and private Higher Education Institutions (Universities of Applied Sciences. Project commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and assigned to ResearchNed, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2016 – 2018)
  • Research into the Adoption of Open Educational Resources and Open Education in Public Higher Education in The Netherlands, in collaboration with Professor Robert Schuwer, UNESCO Chair on OER and their Adoption by Teachers, Learners and Institutions Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. (2014 - 2017)
  • Advisory and research activities with regard to Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Education for Professor Robert Schuwer, UNESCO Chair on OER and their Adoption by Teachers, Learners and Institutions Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven (2014 - 2017)
  • Consultant/advisor/external evaluator BSc Logistics Engineering. Development of Bachelor program in Logistics Engineering, ITB, Bandung, Indonesia. NUFFIC-NICHE project, for STC-NESTRA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2014 – 2017)
  • Formulation and Implementation of a new business strategy and concomitant business model for a post-graduate professional education & training institute, OSR Juridische Opleidingen, Utrecht, The Netherlands (2014 – 2016)
  • Advisory activities with regard to new business strategies and concomitant business models for NGO’s in the domain of sustainable tourism (2016)
  • Design and development of organisational structures for quality assurance in education and training
  • Advisory and management activities with regard to Open Courseware (OCW), Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Education

2002 – 2015: Open University in The Netherlands (OUNL)

  • Principal moderator of Strategy Workshops on Open and Online Learning by SURF (conducted at 16 Dutch universities, research based and applied sciences) (2012 – 2015)
  • Senior consultant / expert with a special focus on Open Educational Resources and Business Models in Higher Education (2007 – 2015)
  • Open Educational Resources: project development and management, nationally and internationally (2007 – 2015)
  • Senior advisor to the Executive Board of Open Universiteit with regard to lifelong learning (2005 – 2015)
  • Secretary to the Dutch National Initiative for Lifelong Learning – a cooperation between 4 Dutch state-induced national educational organisations (SURF, NTR, Kennisnet and OUNL)
  • General Manager of the Dutch Network of Open Polytechnics: a network op Dutch public Universities in Applied Sciences education and the Open University in The Netherlands (Netwerk Open Hogeschool) (2007 – 2015)
  • Design, development and implementation of flexible and open education and training programmes, courses and materials in the domains of Business Administration and Computer Science (bachelor levels). Dutch Network of Open Polytechnics: a network op Dutch public Universities in Applied Sciences education and the Open University in The Netherlands (Netwerk Open Hogeschool) (2007-2015)
  • Managing Director of the Department of Business Development of the Open Universiteit
  • Member of the Managerial Board of the Open Universiteit
  • Managing Director/Statutory director of the Open Universiteit Bedrijfsopleidingen (OUB) B.V, a  profit oriented 100% subsidiary of the Open Universiteit
  • Managing Director/Statutory director of The Learning Experience B.V, a profit oriented 100% subsidiary of Open Universiteit

1996 - 2002  NEA University of Professional Education in Transport and Logistics (NTH)

  • Project manager, and later Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of NEA Transport Hogeschool (NTH), a private university for professional education (UPE) with state recognised bachelor courses in the fields of transport, traffic management and supply chain management
  • Responsible for financial, organisational and personnel management of NEA Transport Hogeschool (NTH)
  • Design and development of education and training programmes, courses and materials in transport,  logistics and traffic management
  • Curriculum design for higher education
  • Quality control and accreditation
  • Acquisition and implementation of in-house training contracts and international training projects.