In the Master's specialization Learning Sciences, you are taught how to research learning processes in different contexts and when to propose necessary instruction solutions. With this knowledge, you can advise on the improvement of learning processes and learning outcomes. With your knowledge of instruction methods, you can work on developing learning arrangements, with or without ICT, in the profit or non-profit sector.
Many of our graduates find jobs in the so-called care structure of education. This includes training, consultancy and development companies (Bright Alley, Eluxis), test development and test administration (A-Vision, Dexlex, Cito) and organizations that support education (SLO, KPC group, TechYourFuture). A smaller percentage of our alumni choose jobs in research or become teachers at a university of applied science.
Anneloes is an E-learning consultant at Bright Alley in Utrecht. As an educational psychologist she designs effective learning environments for professionals.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Twente?
I used to think computer games like The Sims, or online games like Worlds of Goo, were amazing. I always wondered how those edu-trainings managed to motivate me to learn the most difficult things. When I discovered the Master's programme in Instruction, Learning and Development, I knew at once: that is where I need to be, that is where I can learn how this so-called game-flow works, among many other things. I also wanted to pursue something useful and meaningful later on in real life. Thanks to the UT's practical approach to design, I can now develop e-learning at Bright Alley myself.
What are your responsibilities within the organization?
For every learning question we get, we try to design a compelling and effective learning environment. This implies a lot of deliberation with the team: the client, the target group, an consulting education specialist, a graphic designer and a project manager. As an educational psychologist, my main concern is to establish a close connection between the client's needs and those of the target group. What motivates them? How do I make this learning material more interesting and compelling? What learning culture already exists at the company and how can our e-learning fit into that?
What knowledge acquired during your studies do you draw upon for your job?
During my Bachelor’s programme, I mainly learned to recognize the ins and outs of the target group. That means doing target audience analyses of the group of students, co-workers and the company. Now, after my Master's, my focus as an educational psychologist lies more specifically on the target group's education. Is there any indication of a learning or behavioural problem? What (learning) results do they expect? Under what conditions? What learning strategies are relevant?
What are your aspirations for the future?
We work on relatively short projects; they vary from a few weeks to a few months. Because of this, I have gained a lot of experience very quickly. As a team, we are always eager to get to work on creative brainstorming sessions, whilst at the same time staying focused on achieving the learning goal. Alongside that we also give workshops on planning e-learning and we advise companies on e-learning. I hope to grow in these last two areas.
Do you have any tips for future Psychology students?
What I enjoyed about this programme was that you get a clear and wide picture of your potential work area. You are challenged in your educational approach and your ideas on child and adult education, but also in diagnosing learning disabilities through testing and brain scans. But don't forget: the real experience comes after your studies.
Annaloes now works as a training and development project officer at Innovam and has also started her own business: Anneloes Post – Advice and Assistance.