The Learning Network: innovations for digital education

Until 2017, The Learning Network (TLN) was known as ‘Van Dijk’s Boekhuis’ and ‘Van Dijk Education’. There is a chance you used to order your school books from ‘Van Dijk’. Thanks to TLN’s years of experience, expertise and relationships with schools, it is now the largest educational service provider in the Netherlands.

For the past 80 years, The Learning Network(TLN) has been providing study materials to pupils, students and teachers in secondary education, MBO and higher education. TLN is the educational service provider that professionalises a learning environment in which digitisation, customisation and service are central.

10 years!

Luminis has been the IT partner of TLN for more than 10 years. Over the past decade, Luminis contributed to the development of a solid and flexible IT architecture for TLN. Partly because of these efforts, TLN is able to give a new impulse to the digitisation of education today.

The Catalogus

TLN uses software technology to optimise the quality of the digital learning environment, and to facilitate the provision of digital learning resources. Luminis and TLN work together on various innovative projects for education. Such as the jointly developed online Catalogus, an independent platform for and by teachers where different online teaching materials for secondary education are offered. Lecturers can orientate themselves in the Catalogus. Based on educational criteria and peer reviews, they choose the right teaching materials based on their needs and those of the student. In addition, teachers can also find tools, apps and videos for (online) lessons. The created community offers the possibility of collaboration between the teachers.

Quote Arien Jellema, Strategy and Innovation Manager TLN:
“During the development of our digital Catalogus for education, Luminis created UX sketches at an early stage which we then validated with our customers. This approach contributed to a relevant and successful platform for education.”

The Webshop

In addition to the Catalogue, Luminis developed a webshop for TLN in 2010. In this webshop, students can easily order their school books and digital materials online. There is a lot of variation between schools and teaching materials. Because of this, a standard webshop was not an option. The built webshop had to fulfill all the wishes and variations of schools, products and suppliers with an easily expandable logic. Thanks to the solid architecture, TLN is able to process 900,000 orders in a short period of time and deliver them to schools and students in time for the new school year. An important success factor for this architecture is the enterprise service bus (ESB). This supports enterprise application integration (EAI) by exchanging and transforming messages between the web application and de back office systems (including Baan ERP) that are responsible for the financial and logistical processes.

A group of diverse Luminis specialists contributed to this extensive and complex project – in which continuity had to be guaranteed, but which at the same time has a strong seasonal dynamic.

On to the next challenge

“TLN and Luminis have been working together for years. The Catalogus Project was my first experience with Luminis, working with both front-end and back-end developers. We liked it so much that we also asked Luminis to help us develop our next innovative product!”


Gerard Verbeek

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