Hotspot questions in the Drillster app

The latest update of the Drillster iOS and Android app includes the support of hotspot questions whereby the learner has to indicate a specific spot or section on an interactive image map. 
When responding to a hotspot question, the learner has to indicate a specific spot or section on an image map. 
This question style is supported in the latest update of the Drillster iOS and Android app. Hotspot questions increase the learning effect as well as the learner engagement. 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 1/28/2016
  • 10:26:51 AM +01:00
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Discover new ways to manage your tests

Drillster has improved the management of test definitions. Tests and exams that have been defined are now grouped in a new ‘My test definitions’ section. Tests and exams can be managed in this library of test definitions.
The improved test management function increases the efficiency when managing tests for multiple groups within an organization or school. In line with the management of drills, our adaptive learning exercises, premium and business users can view and manage their test definitions in the ‘My test definitions’ section. 
Consequently, the following functions can be launched: 
  • Modify the settings of a test definition.
  • Remove a test definition.
  • View the aggregated test results. If a test definition has been assigned to multiple groups, the aggregated test results for all groups can be viewed and downloaded in the ‘My test definition’ section. Results of a separate group can still be viewed and downloaded via the ‘My groups’ function.
  • Assigned to one or several groups.
  • Define co-authors.
  • Start the test. The author is able to ‘test’ the test that has been defined.
  • Set up a test as an anonymous or PIN secured test (for tests whereby no Drillster account is required for the testee). 
  • Generate a SCORM package for tests that are not part of a group. SCORM packages for group tests can still be generated within the group in which the test definition has been placed. 
Test definitions can easily be placed in various groups and can even be published in the drill store. When assigning a test to a group, group specific settings can be defined. Examples of group specific settings include the target completion date or the number of attempts that an end user has to complete the test. 
Drillster supports various test types, including diagnostic tests, adaptive tests, static tests and PIN secured exams. Detailed group and individual reporting is available. 
All Drillster users can take tests. A premium account or license is needed to assign these tests to individual users or a group of users and to access reporting. Visit our website or contact us for more information. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 1/25/2016
  • 6:37:46 PM +01:00
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The Courseware Company offers adaptive learning with Drillster

The Courseware Company, provider of smart learning and knowledge management solutions, signed a partnership agreement with Drillster. Customers of The Courseware Company can use the Drillster adaptive learning and testing service as an integrated part of their learning programs.  
The Courseware Company offers its customers learning management solutions based on the NetDimensions and Totara platforms. Drillster’s educational technology has been integrated into these learning management systems. This enables NetDimensions and Totara customers to add adaptive learning exercises and tests to their learning programs.
Drillster offers innovative technology that leads to faster learning and better retention. Drillster uses a proprietary, adaptive algorithm that repeats learning material in a smart way. The system automatically focuses on parts of the learning material that are not yet mastered by the student. The learning effect is reinforced by direct feedback to the learner.
Knowledge declines if not maintained. Predictive analytics are applied by Drillster to calculate how and when knowledge declines for each individual user. The student receives a notification, just before he or she tends to forget, allowing knowledge to be brushed up efficiently. Reporting and learning analytics demonstrate the past, current and future competencies of individual users and groups.
Customers of The Courseware Company can make use of Drillster’s adaptive learning and testing functionality within their NetDimensions or Totara LMS, both for existing and new training programs. Users who are logged into the LMS will automatically be logged into their Drillster account when starting a drill or test. Participants and their managers can monitor the progress and results. Participants can use both the LMS and the Drillster iOS and Android apps to access their adaptive courses.
The integration that the Courseware Company has realized for the NetDimensions platform offers even more advanced features. As of early 2016 the drill scores will be automatically synchronized with the personal scores in the NetDimensions LMS. If one or more drills scores fall below a preset minimum, the user will receive a notification. 
For more information, please contact Chris Textor (The Courseware Company) or Marco van Sterkenburg (Drillster). 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 11/27/2015
  • 10:52:36 AM +01:00
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New: co-authoring drills

The new co-authoring function enables you to work with several authors on the same drill. Per individual drill you can assign co-authoring rights to one or several colleagues. Together you can write, edit and review drills before you distribute them to the training participants. 

The co-authoring function is an important addition to the drill editor. It enables you to create drills with several instructional designers or subject matter experts. The updates to a drill are only made effective to the participants of your training, after the drill has been released. This mechanism ensures that you can work on a new, updated version of your drill while the current version remains active for your students. 

Training programs need to be updated on a regular basis. When modifications are made to questions in a drill, Drillster re-calculates the proficiency of each individual user that has access to the drill. Training content updates lead to a lower proficiency. After all, the users have not yet shown to master the new, updated information, so their overall proficiency will decrease. This decrease in proficiency triggers a notificiation to be sent to the participant. 

When the participants of a training revisit the drill, they will be presented questions on the new content. At the same time, Drillster will repeat some of the training elements that the user did have difficulties with when he or she last practised the drill, as well questions that have not been presented for a long period of time. This mechanism ensures the anchoring of new information as well as the reinforcement of unchanged information. 

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 11/16/2015
  • 1:56:08 PM +01:00
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Drillster innovates location-based learning with iBeacons.

Would you like to train or test people at a place where specific knowledge is relevent for them? Drillster innovates its iOS app by adding location-based learning capabilities using iBeacons. Whenever a user enters a predefined area of an iBeacon, a specific drill or test is pushed to his smart phone or tablet. 

iBeacons are small, low cost and low power devices that communicate with a mobile device if the device comes in the precise reach of an iBeacon. Drillster enables you to push drills or tests to a user’s smartphone or tablet whenever the user enters the predefined area of an iBeacon. 

Nearby drills
There are many situations where the location dictates the necessity for specific knowledge or awareness. Location-based learning enables users to learn or test wherever this is relevant. Is safety awareness important if your employees regularly work in the area of a specific machine, elevator or building?
Or is specific product information important if employees work in a specific part of a store? Or would you like to distribute challenging learning exercises or tets to students in a classroom? These are just some examples of situations where location based learning can add value.
iBeacons use Bluetooth to transmit a unique identifier that is picked up by the Drillster app. The user receives a notification on his smart phone or tablet and can immediately start the drill or test.
How does the Drillster iBeacon service work? 
The iBeacon service is easy to implement. A drill or test has to be linked to an iBeacon. You can purchase your own iBeacons or buy them pre-configured from Drillster. An iBeacon can easily be attached to any wall, door, machine or device. Make sure that your employees or students download the Drillster iOS app on their smartphone or tablet and you are ready to go. At short notice, Android users will also be able to use Drillster's iBeacon solution. 
Configuration or modification of iBeacons and drills can be done in the Drillster backoffice. Progress and results can easily be monitored through the Drillster dashboard. Easy learning, better retention. Where and whenever relevant. 
Curious to know what location-based learning can do for your organization? Please contact us to talk





  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 9/20/2015
  • 4:59:05 PM +02:00
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Blokker: customer retention through knowledge retention

Are ceramic products suitable for use in the oven? And what is the difference between stearin and paraffin candles? Some examples of frequently asked questions in the stores of Blokker, the leading Dutch retail chain for household appliances and articles.  The Blokker employees in the renewed Blokker stores have improved their product knowledge using the Drillster app. 
Interactive learning exercises have been developed per product category. The adaptive learning technology of Drillster is used to train product knowledge in a fun and efficient way. Each employee starts with a diagnostic test which provides detailed information on the current knowledge level per product category. If the knowledge on a specific product category falls below the preset minimum level, the employee is invited to brush up on the knowledge practicing the product drills. 
The drills that Drillster have developed for Blokker include both product knowledge and commercial awareness. Which information can an employee provide to a customer in order to increase customer satisfaction? The training program that Drillster and Blokker have developed are a good example of the applicability of adaptive learning technology in the retail sector. 
Employees and their store managers can access the drills via the Blokker learning management system. They can also download the Drillster iOS or Android apps and improve their knowledge using their smart phones or tablets. 
Heidi, employee in a Blokker store, comments: “I appreciate that I can test and improve my knowledge on the various product categories. I can start, stop and restart the training where and when I want. I can do this at work as well as at home, and it’s like playing a game when I try to reach the 100% score as quickly as possible.”
Drillster shows the actual knowledge per product category on a learning curve. It also shows how knowledge declines if it is not maintained. The Blokker employees see when it is time to brush up on their knowledge and to practice a specific drill again.
Store managers have access to an online dashboard to monitor the progress of their team members. Learning analytics allow them to verify specific development areas for individual employees. Denise, store manager, comments: “Drillster offers many features. I experience it like a game: if I make many mistakes, learning items are repeated which I would like to prevent. This triggers me to immediately provide correct answers to the challenges that are presented”
For using Drillster in the Blokker stores, an integration has been made between Drillster and the JUTTEN learning management system. Drills can be started via both the learning management system and the Drillster mobile apps. Drillster is a cloud solution, so the learning history is always centrally stored. 
The content that the didactic experts of Drillster developed for Blokker will also be used for other retail formulas within the Blokker Group. Furniture drills can also be used by the employees in the Leen Bakker stores and the toys drills can be used to improve the product knowledge of the staff in the Bart Smit toy stores. 

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 9/1/2015
  • 7:15:50 AM +02:00
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New: PIN secured tests and exams

For taking official tests and exams it can be important that a test can only be started after the examiner has given an access code to the testee. Drillster now enables this via its PIN secured test functionality. 

Organisations and examiners can generate a PIN code for a test or exam. This can be done manually via the Drillster back office or automatically via the Drillster API. The testee can only start the test with this PIN code. This prevents a test from being started prior to the official start moment and it strengthens the authentication process of the testee.  

A test matrix allows organisations to determine the conditions under which the digital tests are generated. Various test reports are available for the organisation, the examiner and the testee. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 8/31/2015
  • 11:29:32 AM +02:00
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Fight the Summer Slide

The sun is shining, we are all enjoying our vacation. Learning is the least of our worries.  Are there specific skills and knowledge that you need just after your summer vacation? Be aware, the Summer Slide is the proven learning loss during the summer holidays.
After the summer vacation, we might have lost the equivalent of one month of overall learning material. It can take up to two months to get back on track.
Can we fight the Summer Slide?
Yes we can. Let Drillster be your personal coach to fight the Summer Slide. Forgetting will be delayed when the chance of remembering is at least 60%. With the Drillster Premium Account you can be notified when you tend to forget more than 40% of a specific drill.
Easy and fun.
We wish you a wonderful summer. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 7/17/2015
  • 10:38:36 AM +02:00
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Drillster interview in Discover Benelux

The July issue of the magazine Discover Benelux includes an interview with Thomas Goossens and Marco van Sterkenburg, the founders of Drillster. In the article they tell how the idea of Drillster was born and how the company developed since then. 

A digital copy of Discover Benelux can be downloaded free of charge. The article of Drillster can be found on page 73 and 74.



  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 7/8/2015
  • 4:33:12 PM +02:00
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SUSA realizes higher exam pass rates with Drillster

SUSA is the Dutch temporary employment agency that is specialized in flexible jobs for higher education students. Many students are employed as contact center agents for Dutch financial institutions and therefore require to licensed be licensed for the Act on Financial Supervision (WfT). Since the SUSA employees prepare their WfT exams with the online training program of Dukers&Baelemans and Drillster, the exam pass rates have gone up significantly. 
SUSA selected the online WfT training program of Dukers&Baelemans and Drillster because of the flexibility that students have when studying. Many temporary workers are employed as contact center agents for financial institutions and need to have a WfT diploma. They also need to keep their knowledge on financial subjects up-to-date in order to pass the periodic tests. This system should guarantee that each employee in the finance sector has up-to-date knowledge on rules and regulations. 
Arnoud Schmitz, business development manager of Drillster, explains: “Contact center employees in the financial sector are obliged to have a WfT diploma. The diploma offers the contact center agents real advantages on the job. After having followed a WfT training, employees can respond to customer queries in a more efficient and professional way. The productivity will increase and the top-of-mind knowledge gives the employees more self-confidence. The WfT diploma provides a valuable addition to the CV and function profile of the students.”
Dutch Finance minister Dijsselbloem recently proposed to extend the deadline by which all customer facing employees in the finance sector need to have a WfT diploma, to the 31st of December 2016. Schmitz continues: “An issue in passing the WfT exam is the large amount of learning material that has to be studied. Dukers&Baelemans developed an adaptive training program that enables the participant to learn faster and more efficient.”
The advantage of online learning
e-Learning enables the students to learn place and time independent. Adaptive learning increase the exam pass rates, especially when the study recommendations are followed. “Dukers&Baelemans and Drillster developed a personalized training program which pass rates are far above the national average.” SUSA also measured that the exam pass rates of their temporary workers increased significantly after the students used the Dukers & Baelemans study program to prepare their exams. 
The learning progress becomes visible for individual participants and teams. It is easy to measure knowledge gaps and to decrease these gaps during additional classroom training programs. Schmitz explains: “Drillster is an intelligent e-learning tool that uses assessment based learning techniques on a pc, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It is efficient and effective as it measures how well someone masters specific learning material and it automatically focusses on the elements that still need to be developed.
Drillster can calculate how and when knowledge declines if not maintained. The user will then receive a notification so he or she can brush up on the knowledge. This is a smart mechanism to keep knowledge up-to-date. In comparison to traditional learning methods, people will learn 10% more in 40% less time.”
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 7/6/2015
  • 11:02:05 AM +02:00
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Predictive analytics: forecast knowledge

Past results do not guarantee future performance. If this is true, how come we only look at past performance during a job interview? Managers also tend to focus on past performance and achievements during the yearly appraisal meetings. The objective of a job interview or appraisal meeting is to shape future performance.  So why should we still evaluate what the employee has done in the past? 
Knowledge and skills decline if they are not maintained. In 1890 Hermann Ebbinghaus found scientific evidence for the forgetting curve. If we stop maintaining our knowledge, it will fade away over time. So what is the value of a certificate or diploma after a couple of years if no maintenance has been done on what has been learnt? 
Learning, forgetting and Google
Knowledge is needed to develop skills. And our brain specifically struggles when it has to retain the knowledge that we have acquired. If we see, hear or read something today, we will forget up to 80% within one week if we do not actively process what we have read, seen or heard. 
All this is reinforced by the Google effect on the brain: if our brain knows that it can search for information, it will no longer store the information itself, but just store how and where the information can be searched for.  Very useful, but very inconvenient when you are a doctor or a pilot and need to memorize essential information within a split second.
Past performance is normally the central theme during a job interview or appraisal meeting. However, this past performance cannot be changed any more. The past remains a status quo. 
What can we do to get more control over future knowledge and skills? Which means do we have to put the emphasis on the future rather than on the past during a job interview or appraisal?
Predictive analytics
Big data is hot. Can big data also play a role in determining future competences?
Yes it can. Predictive analytics can be used to calculate on a personal level how and when knowledge declines if it not maintained. Analysis of the learning history enables us to calculate how and when knowledge fades away over time. 
So the combination of scientific research and new technology enables us to determine a person’s proficiency on a specific subject for any given moment in the future. Will the right person have the right knowledge at the right time? 
Is the employee ready to perform specific tasks in the future or is additional training required? And how do we value the feedback of managers, colleagues or customers when assessing the quality of current competences? Can we use all this data to determine whether or not the employee will be qualified for a specific job in two or three months? 
Learning technology becomes now part of the job interview or appraisal meeting. Not to take decisions on a candidate’s qualifications, but to provide useful input that enables managers to make better evaluations. Training acts as a bridge towards future performance.  
Permanent education
Predictive analytics can also be used to continuously maintain knowledge and skills. What is the right time to refresh a specific training? 
By smartly using predictive analytics you can guarantee a higher knowledge level of your employees, while reducing costs. After all, training sessions are now only scheduled when the probability is highest that the employee really needs it at the day and hour of the training session. Not earlier, not later. 
Future competences
Evaluating new or existing employees should always be a human action. Technology and science can help us improving the quality of our evaluations and decisions. The right training for the right employee at the right time will increase the performance standard of our employees. And this reflects positively on the manager. 
Food for thought for your next job interview of appraisal meeting? 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 6/30/2015
  • 12:05:31 PM +02:00
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New: the Drillster iOS app for your tests and exams.

The Drillster iOS app can now also be used for all your tests and exams. Drillster combines testing and learning in a single mobile app. An update of the Drillster iOS app is now available in the app store.

Use the Drillster iOS app for all your tests, assessments and exams. Diagnostic tests, adaptive tests, group tests, exams. Drillster supports a wide range of assessment functions. 
A diagnostic test can be the start of a personalized course path. Learning via drills can pave the way for the official exam. Drillster provides a single mobile solution for both testing and learning, resulting in higher test marks and continuous knowledge.


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 6/25/2015
  • 12:50:51 PM +02:00
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FINTREX and Drillster innovate selection process for contact center employees.

FINTREX and Drillster have developed a new type of contact center e-assessment. An adaptive e-assessment measures more precisely whether or not an applicant has the competences that are needed to successfully work in the contact center industry. FINTREX successfully launched the new e-assessment with various of its customers.  
Contact center experts made up a list of specific competences that contact center staff should possess. Psychologists have provided their input on the ways in which these comptences can be measured and pedagogues validated the communication around the online assessment.
FINTREX selected the Drillster test functionality for a more precise comptence measurement. The Drillster technology does not only measure whether or not a candidate possesses specific competences, but also measures the level at which specific competences are present. 
Depending on the correct and incorrect answers that a candidate provides during the e-assessment, Drillster presents questions of a higher or lower difficulty level. This way, more detailed information becomes available on the level on which certain competences have been developed by the applicant. This information enables FINTREX to make more qualified decisions when recruiting contact center staff for their customers. 
After a contact center employee has been recruited, knowledge gaps can immediately be reduced, using the adaptive learning technology of Drillster. This confirms FINTREX philosophy: the customer contact e-assessment is not only a random indication of competence, but just the start of an individual learning path for the candidate. 
The e-assessment is a competence test and selects only on the hard requirements that are set for employees in the contact center sector. Personality characteristics and other soft criteria are not part of the e-assessment. The soft criteria like culture and personality that are part of the DNA of a company, are tested in a personal meeting with the FINTREX customer.
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 5/7/2015
  • 3:01:28 AM +02:00
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Vliegschool Hilversum integrates Drillster in PPL e-learning program

Hilversum (the Netherlands), May 1,  2015 - Vliegschool Hilversum (VSH), the Dutch flight school based on Hilversum airport, integrates e-learning in the PPL and LAPL training programs for Dutch private pilots. The PPL e-learning platform selected Drillster to enable the pilots to study anytime, anyplace, any device”.
The PPL e-learning program aims at both the theoretical and practical sides of the pilot training. An improvement of the individual learning curve of each pilot can be measured. The PPL e-learning program includes 2.000 questions in the Dutch language. It is the ideal preparation on the 7 exams that needs to be passed to become a  licensed private airplane pilot. Pilots can subscribe to the PPL e-learning program via VSH.
More information can be found on . The adaptive learning exercises in the e-learning program have the same structure as the PPL text books of Bas Vrijthof, published by QDM Aviation. VSH selected Drillster for the PPL e-learning program. The learning material is also supported by the Drillster apps that can be downloaded in the App Store and in Google Play. The intelligent software automatically presents the more difficult questions more frequently, thus anchoring knowledge. In addition, Drillster can send notifications to the user just before he or she tends to forget. The pilot will always have up-to-date knowledge.  
VSH also uses the e-learning program for currency and conversion training on her own aircrafts. The drills contain practical questions on the Pilot Operating Handbook as well as on the specific characteristics of each aircraft type. The drills contain photos and images and are ideal for the conversion training of pilots on a specific aircraft type, and also for certified pilots to remain current. This way, VSH will actively contribute to the increase in flight safety in The Netherlands.

Vliegschool Hilversum

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 5/4/2015
  • 3:26:57 PM +02:00
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KNHB selects Drillster for umpires training program

The KNHB selected Drillster as the online training tool for the field hockey umpires. Both new and existing umpires can develop, update and maintain their knowledge on the rules of the game.
Field hockey rules change regularly. Field hockey clubs are faced with the challenge to ensure that all umpires have the same updated knowledge on the latest rules. The KNHB selected Drillster for their online hockey rules training program. 
The program consists of various modules for new and experienced umpires. Different rules apply to field hockey and indoor field hockey. Videos of relevant situations are used to train the application of the correct rules. 
All KNHB field hockey umpires have access to the online training via their sports club. User management has been automated via the membership management software that the Dutch field hockey clubs use. 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 4/23/2015
  • 10:49:18 AM +02:00
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Belgian iPad school realizes 13% higher scores with Drillster

Belgian iPad school Sint-Jozef Sint Pieter in Blankenberge realized 13% higher study results since the introduction of Drillster. The Sint-Jozef Sint-Pieter School was the first Belgian school to introduce 100% digital education in 2012. All school books are used digital on an iPad and the school has been using Drillster since the start of its digital revolution in 2012.

Lifelong education, learning inside and outside of the school and learning to learn are part of the vision of Sint-Jozef Sint Pieter. The Drillster learning method suits this vision and that's why the school has implemented Drillster for the anchoring of knowledge for their primary and secondary education. Flip the classroom is implemented. Students prepare their classroom training with Drillster. Tests are being taken and adaptive learning exercises ensure that each student gets a personalized approach when learning. 

Recently, the Sint-Jozef Sint-Pieter school compared study results that it realized on themes that had been trained with Drillster. A 13% increase in study results has been measured. Dirk Degraeve teaches Dutch and History at the Sint-Jozef Sint-Pieter schools and confirms that results have gone up since Drillster is used inside and outside of the classroom. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 4/9/2015
  • 5:57:52 PM +02:00
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ESSENTRICS Workout selects Drillster for their instructor training program.

ESSENTRICS selected Drillster to prepare ESSENTRICS instructors for their ESSENTRICS workouts. 
ESSENTRICS is a dynamic workout that simultaneously lengthens and strengthens every muscle in the body, resulting in greater joint mobility and lean, long muscles. It dynamically combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong toned body with the complete ability of moving each joint and muscle freely and with full range of motion.
ESSENTRICS Sports has been developed in Canada by a former ballet danser together with physiotherapists and medical experts. The ESSENTRICS instructor training program is a self-study program. To instruct in a correct and effective way, it is important to have knowledge of the effect of the various exercises on the human body. Instructors should therefore have sufficient knowledge on anatomy.
ESSENTRICS selected Drillster as a tool to prepare the instructors for their exam and to ensure that they have top-of-mind knowledge during the workouts. Daniëlle de Wildt of ESSENTRICS Europe comments: ­"With Drillster's online tool, instructors can study at the moments that best fit them. That is innovative and practical. It perfectly suits our organisation's needs. " 
More information can be found on .

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 3/31/2015
  • 4:12:55 PM +02:00
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New Moodle plug-in

OpenEdu has developed a new Drillster plug-in for the Moodle learning platform. Drill scores are now displayed in Moodle. Within Moodle, trainers can search their Drillster repertoire as well as the drill store. Drills can easily be added as learning items to a Moodle course. 
OpenEdu makes online learning accessible to companies and educational institutions. It has created a learning management system based on Moodle, enriched with an e-portfolio, virtual classrooms and a Google Apps integration. OpenEdu has enhanced the Moodle plug-in with various features. Besides the embedding of adaptive drills and tests in Moodle and the single sign-on functionality, users can now review their Drillster score in Moodle.
For searching drills and tests in the drill store or the Drillster repertoire, trainers no longer need to leave the Moodle platform. A search function within Moodle enables Drillster users to search for their drills in their reperoire or the drill store and to insert drills as a learning object in a Moodle course. Detailed search results are shown with a thumbnail view. 
The Moodle plug-in can be downloaded free of charge by organizations. More information can be found on the Drillster information page for Moodle.  
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 3/25/2015
  • 8:52:14 AM +01:00
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How much will you memorize tomorrow of what you learn today?

Past results do not guarantee future performance. When evaluating someone's qualifications for a job, we usually look at past results. That is not entirelylogical given that the objective of the assessment is to evaluate someone's qualifications for future job performance. 
Drillster uses predictive analytics to calculate how and when knowledge declines if not maintained. Individual users can monitor in real time when and how knowledge on specific themes declines over time.
What is the right time to schedule a refresher training? Will an employee have sufficient knowledge to performance specific tasks in three montsh time? Drillster shows trainers and managers the optimal time to repeat and reinforce a training program for individuals or groups. 
Our unique insight into future proficiency results in higher ROI on training, lower costs and increased user engagement. 

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 3/24/2015
  • 9:26:33 AM +01:00
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Discover our updated Android app

The Drillster Android app has been updated. The app now supports set and sequence questions and presents context information and feedback to the learner. Video content is supported and Drillster shows you a notification when a learning objective has been met. 

"Put the Four Seasons of Vivaldi's violin concert in the right order." or "Select all ingredients that natural gas consists of'. ­Just some examples of set and sequence questions that are now supported in our Android app. 

The use of video material will enhance the learning effect while increasing learner engagement. The use of video in drills is now supported in the Android app. Read the question, watch the video, then select the correct answer(s). 

Presenting context and feedback information to learners will further enhance the ROI on learning. Relevant and specific information will reinforce the impact of your training program. 

Update or download our Android app to discover more smart mobile learning features. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 3/12/2015
  • 9:06:47 AM +01:00
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Google partners with Drillster for the launch of the .HOW top level domain.

Google launches the .HOW top level domain, a place for thinkers, tinkerers and knowledge seekers. .HOW websites will  typically provide information on how things work or how things can be done. Drillster was selected by Google to take part in the launch of the new .HOW domain. Learning.HOW, developed by Drillster, is the site where you can learn how to learn more efficiently. It perfectly illustrates the aim of the new .how domains. 
People use the Internet to learn how things work, how things can be done or how to turn a hobby into a business. They find their answers in great content, created by great experts. Google now launched the .HOW domain where experts from all over the world can share their passion. Drillster is among the 12 companies from all over the world that were invited to support Google in this launch. 
Learning.HOW shares useful information and experiences on how we can learn more effectively in the 21st century. All day long we are exposed to an overdose of information. We keep up several e-mail and instant messages at the same time while watching television or studying. We think we can multitask, but instead our brain slows down as it has difficulties changing from one stream of information to another. 
So we have to learn how to learn again. Marco van Sterkenburg, CEO and co-founder of Drillster explains: “At Drillster we are passionate about learning and Learning.HOW is the ideal place to share this passion with both learners and learning experts. Our users have great experience in efficient learning and a .HOW site is the ideal place to share our stories with the world.” 
How can you anchor and maintain knowledge? How can you engage participants in a training program? How can you measure and increase the ROI on your training program? Visit Learning.HOW to learn more about efficient learning. 
Interested in having a .HOW site yourself? Visit, register your .how site and share your passion with the world. Do you have a story on learning that you would like to share? Contact us at and we will share it via Learning.HOW

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 2/4/2015
  • 7:10:46 PM +01:00
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  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 1/7/2015
  • 2:48:51 PM +01:00
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Time limit on questions

Assessing knowledge and skills under time pressure can be part of a job assessment procedure or an exam. Examples are mathematical and language tests or management style assessments. Drillster now supports to set a time limit on individual questions for both drills and tests. 

The author of a drill or test can determine per question how many time the user will get to respond to the question. When a question is presented, a timeline is shown. The user will also know how much time is left to answer the question. If a question is not answered within the time set, the answer will be counted as incorrect and the next question will automatically be presented. \

This new functionality adds value to companies that select staff that needs to be able to perform specific tasks under time pressure. Examples are employees in (international) customer contact centers, team managers, etc. The new functionality to set a time limit on questions in drills and tests is available in the Drillster premium account and the Drillster license. 

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 12/9/2014
  • 9:27:40 AM +01:00
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Drillster SCORM convertor

Drillster has developed a SCORM convertor which makes the use of Drillster within learning portals even easier. SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model and is a protocol that facilitates the exange of learning objects. In the Drillster back office, customers can create a SCORM package of any adaptive exercise or test and present these drills in their digital learning environment.

Drillster can be integrated in any learning portal in a user friendly way. Students or employees that are already logged into the learning system, will automatically be logged into their Drillster account. Scores and proficiencies will be exchanged between Drillster and the learning management system. The use of SCORM is a fast and efficient way to add drills and tests as a learning object to any digital learning environment. 

For further integrations we advise to use the Drillster widget and the Drillster API. This way all the advanced learning features of Drillster can be used to the full extent. Native integrations have already been set up with a large variety of learning systems.

Please contact us if you would to realize an enhanced integration of Drillster in your own learning system or Intranet. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 11/24/2014
  • 2:54:34 PM +01:00
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BOOM publishes DISK learning material in the Drill Store

DISK is the new learning method Dutch for non-Dutch speakers in international classes in the Netherlands. Publishing company Boom has publishes DISK exercises in the Drill Store, enabling their customers to expand knowledge of the Dutch language in a smart and engaging way. 
Various exercises have been published via Drillster. The vocabulary exercises are presented in 20 interesting themes and 3 difficulty levels (A1, A2 and B1). Besides the explanation of the Dutch words, students learn to use the target words in the right context. Teachers and students can download the DISK lessons free of charge in the Drill Store. 
Drillster is an adaptive online memorization tool that continuously measures what students master and what they do not yet master. The tool automatically focusses on the elements of the learning material that are not yet fully mastered. This leads to easier learning and better retention. 
Teachers that would like to monitor the progress of their students, can upgrade their free account to a Premium Account. The Premium Account enables teachers to monitor progress, set learning objectives for the students and to define tests. The Premium Account also enables teachers to convert text into speech (various languages). For the DISK exercises, words and phrases can be converted into speech, thus enhancing the learning experience for the students. 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 11/17/2014
  • 10:20:33 AM +01:00
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Drillster App in the Edmodo Store

­More than 44 million teachers, students and their parents use Edmodo to create, share and use learning material. The Drillster app is now also available in the Edmodo Store

Teachers can purchase a Drillster premium account and immediately create user accounts for all students in their groups. The teacher can download ready-to-use exercises in the Drill Store and assign them to their students. The progress of the students can be monitored, learning objectives can be set and (adaptive) tests can be defined. 

Teachers and students can also create their own adaptive learning exercises with Drillster. These so called drills can be shared with the students or with other teachers and can also be published or sold in the Drill Store.  
Edmodo users could already create a free Drillster account using their Edmodo account. This remains unchanged. The Drillster app in the Edmodo Store enables teachers to use Drillster in the classroom and to distribute drills in their group of students. 
Please contact Drillster for more information on the Drillster adaptive learning and testing tool.


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 11/13/2014
  • 4:32:27 PM +01:00
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Assessment based learning: hype or efficient learning tool?

Assessment based learning has been discussed on many conferences this year. Can we consider this a hype or the next best thing for learning and development? The results that corporates and training institutes realized with assessment based training programs can give the right answer to this question. A little overview. 
Question based learning is the development of knowledge, awareness and attitude by asking questions. Answering questions forces the student to actively think about the learning material. The level of active processing of the learning material depends on the question type and the pedagogic quality of the question. Open ended questions require a more active participation than multiple choice questions. An experienced pedagogue will make a difference here. 
Neuro scientific research showed that the learning effect is strengthened if a student answers questions after having watched a video or e-learning module, read an article or listened to a trainer. If the learning material that has been watched, read or listened to is not actively worked, people forget up to 80% of what they saw, read or heard within 1 week. 
Actively assessing helps to anchor knowledge. Assessment based learning looks like a traditional test. However, tests give a random indication of proficiency at the moment that the test was made. It can measure knowledge gaps but does not develop the gaps that are identified. Assessment based learning measures and develops at the same time. The purpose is to learn, not to test. 
Modern technology enables us to give immediate and personalized feedback on correct and incorrect answers This reinforces the learning effect. The student is not only learning facts, but also understands why certain information is correct or incorrect.  
Question based learning also responds to several tendencies in today’s society. The current generation has a limited span of control. Passively watching, reading or listening becomes more difficult. Actively working on learning material by answering questions, appeal to more people. Adding elements of the gaming industry (gamification) will engage, challenge and motivate learners. They will experience learning as a game. Assessment based learning has all ingredients to gamify your training program. 
So is assessment based learning a hype or just a useful learning methodology? Both corporate organizations, training institutes and schools have built up experience with this type of learning. The success of assessment based training depends on the way in which the training is positioned and the quality of the questions, answers and feedback. And that is of course valid for any training program. 
Would you like to know what experience our customers have with assessment based learning? Contact us and we are happy to connect you. 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 11/6/2014
  • 8:59:32 AM +01:00
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Innovative ways of training have impact on knowledge of staff in the health sector

The health sector is changing. Knowledge and skills of employees in the health sector have been regulated by law. Medical treatments have to be given according to strict protocols and the authorities check whether qualified staff is compliant with the prescribed procedures regulations. Knowledge and skills become key performance indicators. How can care centers ensure that knowledge is anchored while motivating their staff and satisfying the authorities? 

The permanent education of medical staff is becoming more important while budgets are under pressure and staff have less time to spend on activities other than the actual medical care. The sector needs innovative ways of training. Adaptive learning is a potential solution.

The quality of the Dutch medical care is regulated by law Professionals need to be registered in the BIG-register and the procedures that they are qualified for can only be applied when respecting strict protocols. These are called the prescribed procedures.

Competence of medical professionals is the key word in the regulations on prescribed procedures. Professionals should have the right knowledge, skills and attitude to perform their job. Knowledge is developed in the initial or follow-up training. But how can health institutes ensure that their staff always have the right knowledge on the prescribed procedures, even when they do not frequently perform specific procedures? We all know that knowledge declines if it is not maintained.

Healthcare is changing. There is a clear tendency that care is provided decentralized, at the house of the patient. As a result, the supervision on the correct performance of the medical protocols, becomes more difficult. Time is also a limiting factor. As a consequence of cost cuttings, staff have only limited time to spend with their patients. Scheduling staff free from their regular jobs and scheduling them in a face-to-face training has immediately impact on the quality of the actual care that can be given to the patients.

Challenges for both the healthcare sector and the training industry. Drillster provides an innovative learning solution that provides a solid answers to the challenges of both the healthcare and the training sector. Since its start in 2011 Drillster offers an adaptive learning tool that enables personalized learning. The service is based on scientific research on how people memorize and forget information.  

Drillster measures knowledge at all times. Effective, time and place independent learning saves time and money. Gamification increases the personnel engagement. 
Adaptive learning touches the key tendances in the health sector. Curious about the specific advantages that personalized training can bring your organization? We are happy to discuss it with you. 

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 10/20/2014
  • 1:58:44 PM +02:00
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Drillster available in Van Dijk's readerapp

Van Dijk Educatie  connected its intuitive readerapp to Drillster. Adaptive learning exercises can now form an integral part of the digital text books. 
Each chapter or paragraph can contain a link to a 'drill', an adaptive learning exercise or test. The link brings the student to the exercise. When the exercise has been finished, the student can immediately continu in the text book. 

Drillster supports personallized learning and adapts the order and frequency of the learning elements to the real learning needs of the individual student. Research in 2013 showed that this leads to 10% higher test results in 40% less study time. Drillster can be used via the web and via the readerapp. 
Van Dijk's readerapp helps publishers to digitalize their learning material. Text books, note books and sources on the internet can easily be combined. Students can mark parts of the text, make summaries and take notes that enhance the learning process. The integration with Drillster provides publishers of digital schoolbooks an important pedagogical tool. 
Would you like to receive more information on the readerapp? Please contact Van Dijk Educatie via or call +316 2000 72 50.
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 9/26/2014
  • 2:13:21 PM +02:00
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Learning Latin the easy way with SPQR and Drillster

SPQR is the new learning method that has been developed by educational publisher Staal & Roeland for the Dutch market. Schools can use the text and work books and can also select the  Internet and tablet version. Staal & Roeland selected Drillster for practising the latin lessons and for the diagnostic tests. 

SPQR is a new method for Latin Language and Culture and is compliant with the new LTC exam program in the Netherlands. The relation between the language and the culture (text in context) has a central place in the LTC exam program. Schools can use text books or the fully digital tablet version. Publisher Staal & Roeland meets the increasing demand for digital educational material. 
In the digital SPQR version, both teachers and students can use the text and work books on their tablet. They can take notes and share their notes with other students. Adaptive learning exercises and diagnostic tests can be made with Drillster. Each chapter offers a series of drills (personalized exercises) for grammar and vocabulary. Drillster supports personalized learning and focusses automatically on the elements of the chapter that are not yet fully mastered by the student. 
Drillster enables to efficiently built up knowledge. It also enables the students to maintain their knowledge of the Latin language and culture. Drillster calculates when and how knowledge declines if it is not maintained. Both teachers and pupils have a real-time overview of the progress that has been made. Students are always well prepared for their tests and exams. 
Drilster has been integrated in the SPQR method: students and teachers are automatically logged into their Drillster account. Besides the use within the SPQP tablet version, users can chose to study via the Drilster mobile App. Regardless of the way in which drills are accessed and practised, Drillster always remembers for each individual user where to resume the drill or test. 
Teachers have the possibility to contract a premium account. This allows them to monitor the progress of their students. They can see what their students have completed, how much time they spent on the various exercises and what the actual proficiency is. The premium account also enables teachers to set learning objectives and define tests for their groups. 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 9/23/2014
  • 4:24:33 PM +02:00
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  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 9/11/2014
  • 4:20:36 PM +02:00
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Gamification: gaming or learning?

Irrespective of age, education, and background, game playing is a universal phenomenon, and on-line gaming has given it a fresh boost. In light of this popularity, companies are showing serious interest in the question of gaming, especially in the training sphere. Gamification is becoming a full-fledged component of training initiatives.
Gamification consists of using elements and techniques borrowed from games in areas where they were not originally present. Applied to the corporate world, the game itself is not the main objective but represents a way of getting people to adopt and use the applications it is linked to. Using the mechanisms of play, gamification can help us to motivate staff and fully engage them in their training programs.
Drillster uses various game elements in its application, for example the real-time proficiency gauge, the leaderboards, and learning objectives (levels) and progress loops. Various customer cases show that the gaming mechanisms that are embedded in Drillster lead to increased learning engagement.
Drillster has contributed its expertise and experience in a gamification guide that our partner CrossKnowledge will issue next week. The guide about 10 Steps to Successfully Gamining your Learning Program’  will explain what crucial steps can be taken to successfully gamify a training program. 
On the 18th of September, Marco van Sterkenburg, CEO of Drillster, will present a webinar on gamification. Participants can attend a French session (14:00 – 15:00 CET) or English session (16:00 – 17:00 CET). 
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 9/8/2014
  • 9:58:25 PM +02:00
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LearnDutch focusses on contemporary language training

LearnDutch, based in South-Africa, uses innovative learning tools to make language training more effective and more fun. LearnDutch uses Drillster to enable their students to prepare the classroom training whenever and wherever they want. The knowledge that is acquired online can be further applied during the face to face training with the teacher. This method results in more progress when learning the Dutch language. 
LearnDutch provides Dutch language and culture lessons to individual clients. Both South-African business men, children and also sportsmen get Dutch classes in which they  learn to speak, read and write the language as well as useful cultural elements on the Netherlands. 
The Dutch language is known for its illogical structure. 'The best way to learn these illogical elements is to 'automate' them, so to learn them by heart. Drillster is the perfect online and mobile learning tool for that. Drillster adapts the order and frequency of the learning elements to the needs of the individual learner. This makes the language learning easier and retention better." explains mister Charl Hirschmann, general manager of LearnDutch in Cape Town. 
Many hours of practice are needed to master a foreign language. This often conflicts with the limited time that students have to study besides their busy jobs. Hirschmann continues: "Drillster enables students to learn whenever and wherever they weant, using their laptop, smartphone or tablet. They can use the spare moments to increase their proficiency."
The use of tablets is growing quickly in South-Africa. Drillster can be used on any device. The adaptive tool also provides useful information to the teachers. Management reporting shows if students have difficulties with specific elements of the learning material. The teacher can focus more on these difficult elements during classroom training. This also results in better study results in shorter time frames. Knowledge of the Dutch language is anchored and maintained in a personalized way. 
The Drillster online and mobile learning tool is used for vocabulary, grammar as well as writing and hearing exercises. It is useful for conjugating irregular verbs but also for learning about the Dutch culture. What stands the Dutch Sinterklaas for? Where can you find the city of Groningen? Students are well prepared for their stay in The Netherlands. 
More information about LearnDutch.
  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 6/25/2014
  • 10:42:24 PM +02:00
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Drillster now available in Portuguese

The Drillster widget is now also available in Portuguese. All instructions in the drills and tests are in Turkish. Drillster customers can now offer complete Portuguese training programs using Drillster. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 6/21/2014
  • 2:30:49 PM +02:00
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Drillster now available in Turkish

The Drillster widget is now also available in Turkish. All instructions in the drills and tests are in Turkish. Drillster customers can now offer complete Turkish training programs using Drillster. 

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 6/21/2014
  • 2:26:16 PM +02:00
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Memorise everything you want with BrainStudio International

BrainStudio International is a Dutch company that teaches people all over the world to better use their brain. We are living in a world where we are continously exposed to an overfow of information which we are expected to process in short time. BrainStudio teaches their students to better cope with this by using thebrain more efficiently. 
The human brain needs to be trained to stay in form. Multitasking has learnt our brain to be active without focus. As a consequence, we react on many impulses without focussing on the important things. BrainStudio's Brain Vitality Program teaches us to use brain friendly techniques that make us use both parts of our brain. The result can already be experienced in the course of the program. 
BrainStudio found an important added value in Drillster's adaptive learning methodology. Memorisation is one of the three pillars of what BrainStudio calls the Golden Triangle of Learning, so Drillster is the logical partner to help students to anchor and retain the knowledge that they have developed in the BrainStudio courses.  
At the end of the Business Brain Training course, students receive an invitation to participate in the Follow-up Program with Drillster. During 8 consecutive weeks participants receive an e-mail which leads them to an adaptive learning exercise which helps them to retain and extend their knowledge on the Business Brain Training program. Both e-mails and landing pages are offered in the look & feel of BrainStudio and is offered in 7 languages. 
Are you interested to learn more about the Brain Vitality Programs? BrainStudio invites you to attend the Biology of the Mind seminar that BrainStudio organises on the 20th of August in Zeist, the Netherlands. Would you like to memorise everything you want? Rick de Jong, a professional memorisation athlete, will tell about the art of memorisation. Professor dr Ron Magnum and professor dr Tamara Swaab, worldwide renowned neuroscience researchers, will also contribute. Dr Ton Marée of the University of Eindhoven will share his expertise on skelton mapping. 
Click here for more information on Biology of the Mind seminar and to register. 


  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 6/5/2014
  • 11:58:23 AM +02:00
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Drillster workshop at Moodlemoot 2014

The 2014 edition of the Dutch Moodlemoot will be held on Thursday the 12th of June. Moodlemoot is the yearly conference for Moodle users, organized by Ned-Moove, the Dutch Moodle association. 

Hot topics like gamification and social learning are being discussed during this year's event. The program is filled with interesting and relevant topics for Moodle users. Drillster will organise a workshop on how adaptive learning exercises and tests can be made and presented as a Moodle activity to students. 

Drillster developed a plugin that enables Moodle users to include adaptive drills and tests as an activity within a Moodle course. Users will automatically be logged onto these adaptive exercises and the exercise will be fully displayed within Moodle. 

  • Marco van Sterkenburg
  • 5/29/2014
  • 1:40:50 PM +02:00
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Will social learning engage your employees?

On the second day of the ASTD Conference I have followed some sessions on social learning and learner engagement. In a world where continuoisly higher knowledge and competence requirements are set for employees, the learner engagement issue has become a popular topic. 

Social learning and gamification are the most used formats to increase emoloyee engagement in learning. Andi Campbell, HR Director of Laz Parking presented a case study on the social learning platform that this company launched last year. The company culture of this company appears to have been the determining factor for success of this Facebook-alike social learning project. Being proud to work for Laz Parking and pride to be part of this social learning program immediately boosted the use of the platform after the launch. No facilitators or management involvement was needed to engage users. 

Quite an exceptional case study as most companies are struggling with social learning. How social can learning be when you have to go through certification programs to remain compliant?  How much fun can a training be when you have to go the same boring course or training year after year? Social learning still has to overcome many challenges, but nice to see case studies that show that it can work. 

With our customers we see cases where social or informal learning is being initiated with the assistance of formal learning. Drillster also plays a role in that. Drillster measures the elements that employees have difficulties with and this can be the input for further informal discussion. On the other side, informal discussions on specific work related topics can be converted into a 'drill' and this can ensure that the learning material is anchored or retained. After all, social and formal learning can help eachother in maximizing ROI for training. 

The session from LinkedIn was interesting. Soon training and certification institutes can issue digital certificates that students or employees can post on their LinkedIn profile. As a certification certificate can expire, certificates can be withdrawn when they expire. That's the model of Drillster. If you have proven to be fully proficient on certain learning material and you do not maintain the knowledge, the proficiency will decline which can mean that you're no longer compliant with set standards. This equals the LinkedIn approach. A discussion came up on badging and the possibility to issue badges for specific skills or knowledge achievements. No insight was given, but it's definitly a topic that LinkedIn is working on. 

At the end of the day, ASTD announced the new name and logo. ASTD will now be called ATD, the Association for Talent Development. A new name and logo shoudl reinforce the changing nature of the ASTD and the training world.

Now ready for some more networking at tonight's party at the Air and Space museum where the largest collection of airplanes and space ships in the world. Tomorrow more on the third and last day of the ASTD Conference. 




  • Drillster
  • 5/6/2014
  • 7:34:51 PM +02:00
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Language Partners selects Drillster for adaptive tests

Language Partners offers language training in 52 languages to businesses and governmental organizations. Language Partners need to be able to measure the exact level at which the student masters a specific language, in order to be able to offer a student a language course at the most appropriate entrance level. Language Partners selected the adaptive testing technology of Drillster to measure the language skills of a student in accordance with the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The European Framework of References for Languages sets an objective standard for language skills. Five levels ensure that an objective indication can be given on the level at which someone masters a specific language. This information is important to Language Partners as it ensures that students start a language training at the right entry level. The information that is gained during the entrance test ensures that the right training program is compiled. The right language training ensures that maximum progress can be gained in a short period of time.

Drillster offers an online and mobile learning tool that leads to easier learning and better retention. Regular repetition of learning material anchors the knowledge on any study topic. This applies to many elements of a language like vocabulary, listening skills and grammar. The smart and adaptive learning mechanism of Drillster ensures that people learn more in less time and memorize the learnt material much longer.

Before students start a language training with Language Partner, they make an entrance test. Language Partners uses the Drillster platform to take these tests. The test is adaptive and selects sets of questions based on the answers given by the student. So during the test, Drillster can present questions from a higher or lower reference level with the aim to determine the actual level at which the student currently masters the language.

The result of the test determines the entrance level at which the student will start a language course. The information of the test results also provide important information to the teachers who can focus on the weak elements of the specific student. This optimizes the return on investment on the specific language course.

For more information on Language Partners:, telephone 0900 – 1234565.

  • Drillster
  • 4/29/2014
  • 10:40:19 AM +02:00
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Easy international knowledge management implementation

International operating companies are often faced with a serious challenge when it comes to using educational technology that can be applied on an international scale. E-Learning services are either limited in language support, show poor performance overseas or are restricted in local support. Drillster enables international corporations to easily use the tool in various countries.

Interactive exercises and adaptive tests can easily be embedded in existing learning platforms and third party sites using the Drillster widget. This widget offers all functionality that a user needs to develop and retain knowledge and awareness.

The content in the widget supports all languages and language characters, including languages like Chinese, Arab, Japanese, Cyrillic or Hebrew. The instructions in the widget are currently available in five languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch). More languages can easily be added upon request.

The use of Drillster as a  stand-alone learning platform and the use of the iOS and Android Apps make international roll-out quick and easy. No integration is needed for this cloud learning service. Drillster also supports customized learning pages whereby pages are localized to the look and feel and the language of local offices.

Is your company operating in various countries and are you requiring an interactive learning or testing tool? Contact us for more information.

implementation of international knowledge management

  • Drillster
  • 2/25/2014
  • 8:25:50 PM +01:00
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Access to the Drillster iOS App with your PIN code

Many users created their Drillster account using their Google, Facebook or Microsoft account or via the learning platform at work or school. These users do not automatically know the password of their Drillster account. We now offer these users the possibility to easily access their Drillster account on their iPhone or iPad, using a unique PIN code. 

Users that have accessed their Drillster account through their Facebook, Google or Microsoft account, or through the learning platform of their at work or school, can connect their Drillster account to the Drillster iOS App. Drillster will generate a unique PIN code that you can use as a password to access your personal account on the iPhone or iPad. Easy, quick and secure. 


  • Drillster
  • 2/21/2014
  • 1:39:51 PM +01:00
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Yellowtail introduces the Drillster e-learning tool in South Africa

The succesful cooperation of the Yellowtail group and Drillster in the Netherlands is being brought to South Africa today. The companies successfully help the Dutch financial industry in maintaining the expertise of the financial advisors. Recently Robert Harreman, partner at Yellowtail Consulting and Marco Sterkenburg, CEO at Drillster, signed a contract to enter the SA market. The joint forces of both companies will open up the benefits of the online, interactive learn- and test experience of Drillster for the South African market.

Yellowtail has quite a history in the South African market and will distribute Drillster from the Johannesburg branch. The Drillster learning method will not only become available for the financial sector, but also for a wide range of companies where instant knowledge and professionalism is the key asset of the workforce. “Local expertise and a local approach will guarantee that the training tool does fit the needs of the South African organisations” says Robbert Harreman.

There is a vast potential for Drillster according to Marco Sterkenburg; “it offers a unique learning experience that secures maintenance of knowledge and lasting, sustainable knowledge. This step brings the benefits of Drillster to the South African market. The core of Drillster is an innovative algorithm that improves the speed of learning up to 40% and lengthens the period that someone can recollect as well. Drillster keeps the students knowledge at the right levels by messaging them just before it impends to be forgotten. Next to that it allows organisations to train or retrain people at different physical locations easily. Drillster doesn’t face the disadvantages of face-to-face education, given the vast distances of South Africa and the corresponding travel time and costs. The web based, multi device set up enables learning where you are.

Robert Harreman adds to that: “In South Africa there are more people who own a mobile phone than a laptop or PC. Drillster enables every smartphone, tablet or laptop to operate as a personal learning environment. This makes digital learning available to a large number of people, especially for those who only posses a mobile phone. Our expectation is that these factors do support a successful deployment of Drillster in South Africa”.

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  • 7/1/2013
  • 5:02:40 PM +02:00
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Prestigious Comenius EduMedia Siegel for Drillster

Drillster received the prestigious Comenius EduMedia Siegel for its adaptieve learning and testing platform. The annual award ceremony took place in Berlin on Thursday the 20th of June and Thomas Goossens, founder of Drillster, was in Berlin to receive this prestigious award.

Comenius Siegel 2013 Each year the Gesellschaft für Pedagogik und Information evaluates the most innovative educational applications. The applications are evaluated on a large number of quality criteria and only the best applications are awarded the Comenius Siegel. Both technical, didactical and multimedia aspects are taken into consideration. This year Drillster was awarded a Comenius EduMedia Siegel for the adaptive online learning and testing platform.

Thomas Goossens, co-founder and CTO of Drillster, is pleased with the Comenius Siegel. “It confirms that Drillster has developed a high quality technical and educational product that is considered by both the users and the industry experts as innovative and valuable”, confirmed Thomas during the award ceremony in Berlin.

  • Drillster
  • 6/20/2013
  • 8:08:41 PM +02:00
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NWLRN zet Drillster in voor effectief, leuk en rendabel leren

Echt goed worden in je vak. Daar draait het om bij de opleidingen die NWLRN aanbiedt en waarbij zij een wezenlijk andere aanpak hanteren om een veel groter leerrendement te garanderen. Daarbij maakt NWLRN voor het ontwikkelen van basis- en actuele kennis gebruik van het adaptieve leerplatform van Drillster. 

NWLRN introduceert met haar aanpak een nieuwe kijk op leren. Daarbij wordt uitgegaan van een drietal pijlers: basis- en actuele kennis ontwikkelen, effectief gedrag aanleren en het ontwikkelen van een professionele beroepshouding. Voor het ontwikkelen en onderhouden van de kennis die iemand nodig heeft om echt goed te worden in zijn vak, wordt gebruik gemaakt van de slimme leerfuncties van Drillster. Belangrijke redenen om voor Drillster te kiezen waren de gepersonaliseerde manier van leren die Drillster ondersteunt en het hogere leerrendement dat gerealiseerd wordt met de adaptieve manier van ontwikkelen. 
NWLRN biedt onder andere de Basisopleiding Casemanager Verzuim. De opleiding is tot stand gekomen in samenwerking met een tiental arbodiensten. Ook binnen deze opleidingen is basiskennis een belangrijk element en diverse interactieve oefeningen zorgen ervoor dat deze kennis op een efficiënte en voor de cursist motiverende manier wordt ingetraind. Tijdens het leren meet Drillster continu wat cursisten goed en fout beantwoorden en waar dus hun kennishiaten zitten. Met deze informatie kan de docent tijdens de trainingsdagen beter inspelen op de werkelijke leerbehoefte van een groep cursisten of van een individuele cursist. 
Bob Zeegers  van NWLRN licht de samenwerking met Drillster toe:  “Binnen de filosofie van blended learning, zowel online als in een klassikale omgeving, past een tool als Drillster perfect. Onze cursisten kunnen zich op hun eigen niveau en tempo ontwikkelen en tegelijkertijd zijn we in staat alle cursisten individueel te volgen en begeleiden. 
NWLRN kiest ervoor om kennis zoveel als mogelijk online aan te bieden. Hierdoor kunnen we tijdens de lessen gelijk de verdieping, de samenhang en de praktijk induiken. En dat werkt! Deelnemers nemen echt hun verantwoordelijkheid en komen goed voorbereid naar de lessen. Maar ze ontwikkelen hun professionele vaardigheden en kennis ook beduidend sneller dan in een traditionele leeromgeving.”
  • Drillster
  • 5/14/2013
  • 2:27:57 PM +02:00
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KPN zet Drillster in voor ontwikkelen met aantoonbaar resultaat

In het traject Management Essentials van de KPN Academy worden alle leidinggevenden bij KPN opgeleid in een mix van e-learning, training en coaching op de werkplek. Daarbij wordt voor het ontwikkelen van kennis Drillster ingezet en voor het ontwikkelen van de competenties wordt gewerkt met Drillster partners Gooiconsult en VDS. Het leertraject wordt voortdurend afgestemd op de individuele ontwikkelbehoefte van de KPN medewerkers en uit meetingen blijkt dat de mix van e-learning, training en coaching meetbaar betere resultaten levert. 

Het Management Essentials programma start met een intake waarin met de trainer wordt gekeken naar wat de medewerker moet leren en wat de meest efficiënte weg is van A naar B. het e-learning deel van het ontwikkeltraject bestaat uit kennis die via 'skill drills' worden aangeboden. 'Skill drills' zijn adaptieve oefeningen die via Drillster worden aangeboden. Daarnaast zijn er webcam oefeningen die via Traintool aangeboden worden.

Via een business impact scan meet KPN de performance van de managers aan het begin en het einde van het leertraject. Naast een toename van de kennis en competentie blijkt ook de leertevredenheid van de deelnemers hoog te zijn. Tijdens het e-Learning Event 2013 heeft Arco Quist van de KPN Academy een reference case gepresenteerd over het KPN Management Essentials programma. Klik hier voor meer informatie over de resultaten van dit interessante opleidingstraject. 


  • Drillster
  • 5/13/2013
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Avans Hogeschool scoort met Drillster

­Binnen Avans Hogeschool heeft de inzet van Drillster geleid tot hogere tentamencijfers. Tevens zorgde de voorbereiding met Drillster voor meer zelfvertrouwen bij de studenten. De beheersing die Drillster toont over de lesstof, bleek een nauwkeurige weergave te zijn van de werkelijke kennis van de studenten. Drillster meet continu wat de werkelijke kennis van een student over een bepaald onderwerp is en richt zich bij het studeren met name op het verbeteren van de zwakke punten of hiaten in de kennis. Met als gevolg dus meer zelfvertrouwen en hogere tentamencijfers. 

Drillster werd onder andere ingezet binnen de Academie voor ICT & Bu­siness. Sebastiaan Mooij: “Studenten geven aan dat ze met meer vertrouwen hun tentamen ingaan. Ze vinden het prettig om een instrument te hebben waarmee ze hun leerproces kunnen sturen. Dit geeft hen houvast. En studenten stellen gemakkelijker vragen tijdens de les over definities. De tool is eenvoudig en intuïtief in gebruik. Als docent kan je beter inspringen op (blijkbaar) moeilijke onderwerpen tijdens de les. "

Meer informatie hierover is terug te lezen in een artikel over "Virtualiseren in Avans".

  • Drillster
  • 4/20/2013
  • 10:15:55 AM +02:00
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Drillster biedt Dukers & Baelemans innovatieve oplossing voor permanente educatie

Drillster en Dukers & Baelemans bundelen hun krachten in een innovatieve oplossing voor het slim en efficiënt ontwikkelen en bijhouden van kennis. Drillster zal door Dukers & Baelemans  ingezet worden als één van de oplossingen binnen het door hen nieuw ontwikkelde Real-time PE concept in het kader van de Wet Financieel Toezicht (WfT). Hierdoor kunnen financiële instellingen bewerkstelligen dat hun medewerkers het hele jaar door over de juiste vereiste kennis beschikken en zo dus compliant zijn met de WfT vereisten. Door het adaptieve karakter van de online leertool van Drillster besteden medewerkers minder tijd aan het opdoen en bijhouden van hun WfT kennis en ervaren zij leren weer als leuk. 

Naast het afleggen van een periodieke toets wordt binnen de Wet Financieel Toezicht van werkgevers gevraagd om aan te tonen dat medewerkers continu bijgeschoold worden zodat bestaande kennis onderhouden wordt en nieuwe kennis kan worden opgedaan. Maar hoe meet je iemands kennis als algemeen bekend is dat tot 80% van de lesstof weer vergeten wordt, als deze niet actief onderhouden wordt? Drillster heeft slimme e-learning service ontwikkeld die dit vergeten tegen gaat. Samen met de content van Dukers & Baelemans biedt dit een innovatieve oplossing voor de WfT opleidingen.
Drillster is gebaseerd op wetenschappelijk onderzoek en bepaalt per medewerker de optimale volgorde en frequentie van de te leren onderdelen. Zo wordt meer geleerd in minder tijd en langer onthouden. Boven kan Drillster per individuele medewerker berekenen wanneer bepaalde kennis weer vergeten dreigt te worden (leercurve). De medewerker ontvangt dan een e-mail waarmee hij eenvoudig zijn kennis weer kan bijspijkeren. Doordat Drillster continu meet wat iemand werkelijk weet, vormt de rapportage van Drillster een belangrijk element van de compliance-rapportage waarover financiële instellingen te allen tijde moeten beschikken.
Binnen de WfT trainingen die Dukers & Baelemans aan financiële instellingen biedt, kan Drillster als module worden opgenomen. De oefeningen (drills) zijn door Dukers & Baelemans ontwikkeld en sluiten daarmee aan op het bestaande WfT lesmateriaal. Drillster kan binnen de bestaande elektronische leeromgeving gebruikt worden en heeft daarnaast een app zodat medewerkers ook via de smart phone of de tablet kunnen leren.
  • Drillster
  • 10/19/2012
  • 11:59:54 AM +02:00
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Yellowtail helpt banken en verzekeraars bij compliant adviseren met e-learning tool Drillster

Yellowtail helpt banken en verzekeraars bij compliant adviseren met e-learning tool Drillster

Drillster, een innovatief online leer- en toetsplatform, en consultancybedrijf Yellowtail breiden hun samenwerking uit om financiële dienstverleners te ondersteunen bij managen van het kennisniveau van hun financieel adviseurs. Dit is noodzakelijk door nieuwe en strengere eisen van toezichthouders en snel wijzigende marktomstandigheden en de gevolgen die dit heeft op de werkzaamheden van het intermediair. De eerste grote verzekeraar heeft inmiddels besloten om gebruik te maken van deze propositie.

Robert Harreman, directeur van Yellowtail: “Veel klanten hebben te maken met het invoeren van nieuwe wetgeving zoals Solvency, Basel, de WFT (Wet op financieel toezicht) en nieuwe eisen rondom betaald advies, provisieverbod en de kennis en ervaringstoets voor klanten die zelfstandig een (complex) financieel product willen afsluiten. Traditioneel wordt vakbekwaamheid bij banken en verzekeraars onderhouden door regelmatige testmomenten en certificering. Dit biedt inzicht in de kennis op het moment van testen maar de kennis tussen de testmomenten blijft onzeker. De traditionele manier van kennis onderhouden is hierdoor niet langer afdoende en ook nog eens onnodig duur. Daarom zetten we Drillster in. Dat past binnen onze missie om banken en verzekeraars te ondersteunen met het succesvol doorvoeren van optimalisaties en innovaties in bedrijfsvoering en IT.”

Drillster is geschikt om het kennisniveau van grote groepen medewerkers en/of klanten permanent op het vereiste minimumniveau te houden. Drillster werkt met een adaptief (zelflerend) algoritme en is gebaseerd op het wetenschappelijke Leitner-systeem. Het onthoudt wat de individuele gebruiker al heeft onthouden, wat hij/zij goed of fout heeft beantwoord en wanneer voor het laatst met de stof gewerkt is. Het resultaat is dat medewerkers méér leren in minder tijd en dat het geleerde langer onthouden wordt. Recente analyses van klanten gaven zelfs aan dat medewerkers die met Drillster hun examen voorbereidden, gemiddeld 15% hogere resultaten behaalden.

Drillster kan een e-mail of SMS sturen als de kennis van een medewerker beneden het minimaal vereiste kennisniveau wegzakt. Ook wanneer de leerstof wordt gewijzigd of uitgebreid stelt Drillster de financieel adviseur hiervan automatisch op de hoogte zodat hij zijn kennis waar nodig bijspijkert. De opzet van Drillster maakt het leren en toetsten voor de medewerker leuk en het platform is eenvoudig toegankelijk via tablet, mobiel of laptop.

Marco van Sterkenburg, directeur van Drillster: “De combinatie van de business-kennis en implementatiekracht van Yellowtail, en het Drillster leer- en toetsplatform werkt goed. We merken in de praktijk dat financieel adviseurs het leuk vinden om met de Drillster trainingen en toetsen aan de slag te gaan, in plaats van dat zij er tegenop zien. Daar zijn we trots op!”

  • Thomas Goossens
  • 8/15/2012
  • 1:02:43 PM +02:00
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Drillster at MoodleMoot

Drillster at MoodleMoot

Drillster gave a presentation at the MoodleMoot 2012, the yearly meeting of Dutch Moodle users. Moodle is an open source electronic learning environment. It is being used by more than 60 million users from over 65.000 schools and companies in 216 countries. Drillster has developed a plug-in for Moodle users and this integration was presented to the Moodle community during the 2012 MoodleMoot.

Both companies and schools that use Moodle to manage their learning processes came together in Amsterdam for the Dutch MoodleMoot. Over 100 users could exchange experience and ideas in the various presentations and workshops. The plug-in that Drillster has developed enable these users to include adaptive knowledge development to the learning possibilities that are supported within Moodle.

Features that are supported by the plug-in include the presentation of a drill at any given place within Moodle and the automatic log-in of users onto their Drillster account if they have already been authenticated by Moodle. Drillster is planning to launch additional features for this plug-in later this year. For more information, please contact

  • 8/5/2012
  • 2:00:00 AM +02:00
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Nieuwe iPhone versie

Nieuwe iPhone versie

In de AppStore is een nieuwe iOS versie van de Drillster app beschikbaar. Om in te loggen kan dezelfde gebruikersnaam en hetzelfde wachtwoord gebruikt worden als op de standaard browser versie van Drillster. Dit maakt het nog makkelijker om Drillster op de iPhone en de iPad te gebruiken. Ook is de app nu in meerdere talen beschikbaar.

Binnenkort komt Drillster met een speciale versie voor de iPad. Daarmee kan met de app beter worden ingespeeld op de mogelijkheden die het grotere scherm van de iPad biedt ten opzichte van de iPhone. Ook een Android versie, die zowel op Android telefoons als Android tablets gebruikt kan worden, zal ook binnenkort worden uitgebracht.

  • 3/5/2012
  • 1:00:00 AM +01:00
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Gooiconsult realiseert hogere trainingsresultaten met Drillster

Gooiconsult realiseert hogere trainingsresultaten met Drillster

Gooiconsult Advies en Training zet het adaptieve leer- en toetsprogramma Drillster in om binnen haar trainingen de kenniscomponenten op interactieve en duurzame wijze te ontwikkelen. De adaptieve kennisontwikkeling van Drillster sluit naadloos aan op de sportschool aanpak die Gooiconsult inzet bij competentie-ontwikkeling. De ervaringen die tot dusverre in de praktijk zijn opgedaan met deze innovatieve aanpak, laten zien dat de gezamenlijke propositie van Gooiconsult en Drillster leidt tot betere trainingsresultaten.

Gooiconsult realiseert met en voor haar klanten een duurzame cultuur van leren en presteren. Dit doet Gooiconsult volgens de aanpak van ‘Meten – Ontwikkelen – Meten’. Hierbij werkt Gooiconsult volgens het unieke sportschooltrainingsprincipe. Bij het ontwikkelen van competenties wordt gekeken naar wat iemand al goed beheerst en wat hij nog niet goed beheerst en het trainingsprogramma legt zich dan met name toe op de vaardigheden die nog verder ontwikkeld moeten worden. Deze aanpak is dus te vergelijken met een individuele aanpak in een sportschool. Het trainingsprogramma van Gooiconsult zorgt voor deze individuele aanpassing van het trainingsprogramma, voor optimale resultaten.

Drillster is een innovatief e-learning bedrijf dat een online platform ontwikkeld heeft dat haar gebruikers op slimme en efficiënte manier kennis laat ontwikkelen, vasthouden en testen. Onderzoek heeft aangetoond dat 90% van het lesmateriaal binnen een week weer vergeten wordt indien er niets met het materiaal wordt gedaan. Drillster verandert dit: het adaptieve algoritme stelt gebruikers in staat om meer te leren in minder tijd en om het geleerde langer te onthouden. Dit doet Drillster door tijdens het leren meer aandacht te besteden aan hetgeen nog niet goed beheerst wordt.

Drillster past zich bij het ontwikkelen van kennis dus ook aan aan het actuele en werkelijke kennisniveau van een medewerker. Deze aanpak sluit perfect aan bij het sportschooltrainen van Gooiconsult. Zowel voor kennis als voor competenties wordt uitgegaan van de huidige status van een kandidaat (meten) en wordt via een adaptief programma (ontwikkelen) op de meest efficiënte manier gewerkt naar het realiseren van steeds hogere trainingsdoelen (meten).

Alexander Groen, senior adviseur en trainer van Gooiconsult, is erg enthousiast over de resultaten die tot dusverre met Drillster behaald zijn: “We zien een sterke toename in competentiestijging bij management- en leiderschapstrajecten waarbij we Drillster inzetten als hulpmiddel om kennis- en vaardigheden te ontwikkelen. Door voorafgaand aan de training, deelnemers modelkennis behorende bij managementvaardigheden te laten ontwikkelen met behulp van o.a. Drillster komen deelnemers beter voorbereid naar de training. Hierdoor is er meer oefentijd beschikbaar tijdens de training, wat de effectiviteit en daarmee het resultaat van de training ten goede komt! ”.

Marco van Sterkenburg, medeoprichter van Drillster, licht toe: “voor het ontwikkelen van competenties is een goede kennis van de onderliggende theorie nodig. Alleen dan kun je de competenties bewust en optimaal ontwikkelen. Drillster zorgt voor de kennisontwikkeling en kennisretentie en doet dit volgens eenzelfde systematiek als Gooiconsult voor vaardigheidstraining. Dit maakt de samenwerking tussen Gooiconsult en Drillster zo sterk.”

  • 12/4/2011
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