Learn to understand individual learning processes in order to design adaptive (technology-enhanced) learning tools and materials.
How can you ensure great education, knowing that not everyone learns in the same way? For example, how do you make sure that a gifted student stays challenged and motivated? Or the other way around: what is the best way to support students who have more problems with learning? And how can you enable students with different levels and interests to work together in a group? Within the specialisation in Learning Sciences, you will study learning from an in-depth psychological perspective. The key is to understand the (mental) learning processes and (differences in) individual learning needs in order to make education more adaptive.
Whereas educational science programmes generally focus on learning environments as a whole, the specialisation in Learning Sciences of the Master’s in Psychology zooms in on the individual as a learner, specifically in an educational context. You will gain an in-depth understanding of cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioural aspects of learning, from competence levels to personality traits to aspects such as well-being and self-esteem. With your expertise, you can provide teachers and educational institutes with tools and teaching materials that can address the individual learning needs of students, whether it is a six-year-old pupil, a twenty-year-old university student or an employee of a big company.
Today’s digitally advanced society has a great impact on our education system. This specialisation places education in a technological context, aiming to successfully implement (new) technologies in educational contexts. You will learn about the opportunities offered by concepts such as game-based learning, educational apps, or adaptive e-learning environments. You might research how serious games can enhance student motivation or examine the effectiveness of blended learning concepts, mixing online and face-to-face education.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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