Nijmegen is a lively university town with a great atmosphere. Just wander through its beautiful old streets and you’ll feel its rich history. Looking for a charming pub or restaurant, a bit of culture or a great night out? Nijmegen has all this and more. Keen on sport or nature? Nijmegen has loads of sports clubs and is surrounded by beautiful forests full of hiking and bicycle trails.

HAN is one of the biggest Universities of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. At HAN University of Applied Sciences, theory and practice go hand in hand. First you dive into the theory. Then you put it into practice. Giving you not only the knowledge but also the skills and experience to deal with real issues in practice.

The HAN campuses are divided over 2 cities: Arnhem and Nijmegen. Life sciences and social studies programs are located at the Nijmegen campus, where the EAPRIL 2022 conference took place.

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Learning as a collaborative interaction between learning professionals, research, education and the workplace

EAPRIL is going live again in 2022 with an inspiring conference at HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. EAPRIL2022 @ HAN focusses on the changing ways people learn. The theme from formal education to continuous learning focusses on learning as a collaborative interaction between learning professionals, research, education and the workplace. Although European definitions of lifelong learning vary, it is widely recognised that there is a need to redefine the requirements for lifelong learning: for example, educational practices need to become more ‘embedded’ in work practices and feasibility is becoming more important to ensure that learning professionals do not lose the balance between learning, work and private life. Thereby, responsivity to diverse learning styles and providing possibilities for those who did not flourish in previous learning situations is vitally important to provide good learning environments.

But continuous learning is not a theme pertaining to adult education alone. If we want the next generation to be able to enjoy what continuous learning can bring, and to see lifelong learning as something natural instead of exceptional, we must prepare younger children and pupils by teaching them skills such as self-regulated learning, digital skills and exploring international educational opportunities.

HAN University of Applied Sciences has developed many flexible courses for learning professionals in the past few years. We have developed our strengths in educating adults to be viable partners for organisations that strive for continuous learning for their employees. At the EAPRIL conference we aim to bridge the gap between formal education and continuous learning by giving participants from various educational cultures and school types the opportunity to inspire each other. Some of the questions we will address are: what do learning professionals need in order to be succesful? What added value do MOOCs and microcredentials have for continuous learning? How can previously acquired competences be valued in a formal learning process?

We are looking forward to gaining insights from the EAPRIL-community on research that contributes to flourishing continous learning practices.We explicitly invite everyone to share and discuss good practices as well as challenges associated with changing views on learning. The European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) aims to promote practice-based and practitioner research on teaching and learning within formal, informal, continuous, vocational and professional learning contexts – in many forms of expression. Therefore, the EAPRIL conference is the perfect place for discussions on innovation in learning in multiple contexts.


The EAPRIL 2022 full conference programme is now available for consultation! Please be invited to check it out.

EAPRIL 2022 - Conference Programme

EAPRIL 2022 - Book of Abstracts

Keynote Speakers

Digital Day

On Friday November 25th, we hosted an EAPRIL 2022 Digital Day offering people, who are not able to join us physically in Nijmegen, the opportunity to virtually participate in the EAPRIL 2022 conference.

Digital Day Programme

Conference Dinner

The EAPRIL 2022 conference dinner was hosted at the Vasim, a local landmark undergoing serious renovations. The building, which dates back to just after World War II, was a continuous spinning mill for the artificial silk factory NYMA. Located on the Oversteek, the new bridge across the Waal in the north of Nijmegen, Vasim can be easily recognised by its typical chimneys and shell roofs as one of the most unique buildings in the Netherlands.

Important Dates

  • Submissions Open

  • Submission Deadline

  • Registrations Open

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline

  • Presenter Registration Deadline

  • EAPRIL 2022 - School Visits

  • EAPRIL 2022 Conference


The EAPRIL 2022 Conference could not have been such a success without the invaluable help of the Local Organising Committee:

Conference chair
Maritza Gerritsen, HAN_ University of Applied Sciences

Local Organising Committee
Marleen Duismann, Project Manager, HAN_ University of Applied Sciences
Mark Reessink, Event Manager, HAN_ University of Applied Sciences
Suus te Braak, LOC Member, HAN_ University of Applied Sciences
Hermi Beute, LOC Member, HAN University of Applied Sciences


A heartfelt thank you to our EAPRIL 2022 sponsors & partners:

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City of Nijmegen

Nijmegen is the oldest city of the Netherlands with a city center full of important historical locations. And it’s not just a rich cultural history that Nijmegen has to offer. A large number of students, numerous events and festivals, unique hot spots and cozy restaurants all add up to an unprecedented liveliness in our city. Just put your feet in the sand at our city beach next to the river Waal, or relax at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes.
A large array of both chain stores and small and unique specialty stores will complete your Nijmegen experience, whether you’re here for a day or for the entire weekend. And don’t forget to have a drink and a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

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