blended learning Dutch Sprout

Blended learning

Our educational designed is based on blended, practice based, training: this is a combination of E-learning, classroom meetings, virtual classroom, coaching on the job and online coaching. We use a modular construction for efficient work without doubles. Our starting point is at the knowledge / need level of the participant. At the same time, we want to ensure continuity and coherence within the total program by using the same educational design throughout.

The participants will receive contextual knowledge within the e-learning program. This is offered in an attractive way by a combination of reading, listening and watching. Case studies are analyzed and then insight-increasing questions are asked. At the end of the e-learning the knowledge level can be tested. This can also be conditional for taking part in classroom sessions or for supplementing the guidance that is given.

  • The virtual classroom is used to ask questions, get answers, test practical experience with colleagues and share practical tips. All under the guidance of a trainer.
  • Peer to peer forum for learning and developing together between the participants.

The coach is available by appointment or on demand for the participant to be able to supervise the learning process of the participant from a distance. This is also participant-driven.

  • Various experts provide training on the basis of the 'flipped classroom' principle: A flipped classroom is an instructional strategy that provides a traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content online outside of the classroom (online lectures, collaborate in online discussions, or carry out research at home) while engaging in concepts in the classroom with the guidance of a mentor. The flipped classroom intentionally shifts instruction to a learner-centered model in which class time exploratory topics in greater depth and creates meaningful learning opportunities.
  • The classroom sessions are a combination of coaching, in depth-theory sessions and case driven intervision.

During coaching on the job, the coach guides the participant in implementing the acquired knowledge in his daily work.

Specific skills that can not be trained at the company can be practiced in specially designed practice and learning centers. Accompanied by practical experts, the participant is guided in the development of his or her practical skills.


The Dutch Sprout approach starts with the function. We developed specific profile descriptions for the various functions and roles within the high tech greenhouse. The descriptions are based on the tasks that specific function entails. Each profile and each tasks, requires certain ‘learning outcomes’: statements that describe the knowledge or skills learners should acquire by the end of a particular program. Learning outcomes emphasize the application and integration of knowledge and skills in a specific context (various plants, food or flowers, local market or export etc).

The Dutch Sprout modules consist of (a variety of) learning outcomes. Every module will cover specific knowledge, skills, mindset and behavior (competences). The learning strategy is based on blended learning and recognizes the individual needs of the learner with respect for the experiences the learner already developed over the years.