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Open University of the Netherlands belongs to the TOP research institutes on instructional technology
The journal Educational Technology Research and Development published an article on the academic productivity of universities in the field of Instructional Design and Technology. The American researchers found that on certain points the Dutch Open University belongs to the top institutes in the field.

Publication in leading journals

The researchers selected the top 20 leading journals in the field and counted the number of contributions for each institution in the period 2005-2014. The Open University of the Netherlands takes the 8th place with 81 articles. (Number 7, the National Taiwan University also contributed 81 articles. The British Open University is the only European institution that did better (4th place).

Contributions in the Handbook

Another criterion that the researchers used was the representation in the Handbook of Educational Communications Technology, which is the American standard handbook in the field. With 5 contributions the Open University of the Netherlands has done as well as the Brigham Young University and they take place 4 and 5 in the ranking. In this case the KULeuven is the only European institution that does better (3rd place).

Read the whole article

Richard E. West, Rebecca A. Thomas, Robert Bodily, Casey Wright, Jered Borup, An analysis of instructional design and technology departments, In Educational Technology Research and Development.