An excellent goal, but before we go into greater detail, we’re curious to know more about Marie-Louise herself. She is the driving force behind the MOOC that is available in both English and Dutch. As a true ‘committed professional’ in the field of online learning, she prefers to carry out several projects at a time from beginning to end. She constantly asks herself “how can you turn an idea into something that has an impact.” And she adds experience and business acumen to the mix. In the past, she won a prize and funding from Sanoma (a Dutch publisher) for a market place for online courses (Ucourse.nl) and, together with a team, launched the educational tool Listr.nl. For this, she used the Lean Start-up method, and this is still her preferred approach for handling projects. When asked what really attracts her to trying out various tools, she replies: “That’s the nature of the beast, I suppose.” A genuine geek, working through online applications while at the same time dealing with the many challenges posed by her field and not afraid of experimenting.
Why did she make the transition to Leyden Academy? Actually it happened rather by chance. She was looking for a large project, something where she could develop her expertise in digital learning even further. Preferably something with which she could make a real impact and with a significant social purpose. The vacancy for Digital Learning Expert at Leyden Academy provided the perfect opportunity.