Robert Schuwer (1955) received an MSc in Mathematics at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (1980) and an MSc Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (1989). On the latter university he did his PhD in 1993 on a thesis about knowledge base systems. Robert’s working experience includes teaching mathematics in secondary education, consultancy for ICT related issues, assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (department Management Science) and CTO in a software company.
Currently, he is Lector (Professor) OER at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of ICT in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Since 2006 the majority of his work is about OER and Open Education. He was appointed project leader for the OpenER-project at the OUNL in 2006, which was the first OER project in The Netherlands and as projectleader in the Wikiwijs program, aiming at enhancing awareness on OER and creating a national infrastructure for OER, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Education. Currently, he is resposible for research on and realisation of an OER-based curriculum.
He gives many presentations on this subject, both nationally and internationally. He is chairman of the Special Interest Group Open Education, established by SURF and chairman of the Information Center Committee of the Open Education Consortium.