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Towards research-based university teaching and learning


  • We are an interuniversity and interdisciplinary centre that combines the specific strengths of research groups in three universities.
  • Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam want to continuously innovate and improve university teaching and learning and foster study success.
  • All three universities stress the importance of research-based university education.
  • The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning focuses on discovering the conditions for study success.
  • Our own three universities form our ‘living lab’ and our results are implemented in our universities.

Why does everyone think it is self-explanatory for medicine to be evidence based, yet hardly anybody makes the same demands of university education? 

Simone Buitendijk, former Vice-Rector of Leiden University

Research Programme on open online education

The Centre for Education and Learning's research programme focuses on student participation and student engagement and achievement in open online higher education.

Research Programme

Three PhD-projects have now started: