Esther van der Stappen searches for solutions to problems where ICT & Education meet. She has always been fascinated by both fields and the problems that arise when they meet inspire her to find evidence-based solutions. Her goal is to increase the quality of ICT in Education as well as the quality of Education in ICT.
As an associate lector in the research group Digital Smart Services (DSS) she leads the subgroup Digital Innovation in Education, where research projects run on a.o. learning analytics, blended learning, digital skills, the design of (digital) learning environments for vocational and professional education.
She supervises a PhD student in the field of Learning Analytics (LA). In this research project, an LA Capability Model will be designed, to gain insight into what resources and capabilities higher educational institutes need in order to successfully apply LA.
As a senior lecturer at the Institute for ICT she bridges the gap between the research by DSS and the Bachelor program HBO-ICT. She is part of the group that designs the study program while working towards this goal with various stakeholders such as researchers, students, lecturers and professional practice. She is responsible for the curriculum and learning objectives of the Software & Information Engineering profile within HBO-ICT and she’s also involved in the design of the multidisciplinary study program Geo-ICT.
She achieved her PhD in Computer Science in 2008 at Utrecht University with the PhD thesis titled “Computation and Complexity of Visibility in Geometric Environments”. Subsequently, she started as a lecturer at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Since 2014, she is a senior lecturer and she is a member of the research group DSS.
From 2014 to 2017 she was active in the Erasmus+ project Essence (www.essence.hu.nl) where she created and deployed a blended learning platform for an international study program on Smart Sustainable Cities.
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