Flexible programmes in higher professional education: expert validation of a flexible educational model

Ad Schellekens*, Fred Paas, Alexander Verbraeck, Jeroen J. G. van Merrienboer

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In a preceding case study, a process-focused demand-driven approach for organising flexible educational programmes in higher professional education (HPE) was developed. Operations management and instructional design contributed to designing a flexible educational model by means of discrete-event simulation. Educational experts validated the model and evaluated its practical value and possible impact on education. It was concluded that the flexible educational model offers a valid representation of HPE institutes in The Netherlands and can contribute to the flexibility and innovation of educational programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-294
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • educational model
  • organisation of education
  • operational flexibility
  • simulation
  • expert validation
  • professional education
  • higher education

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