MSc⁺ Courses

  • Date 
    April 2, 2018
    Application Deadline 
    March 1, 2018
Course fee
  • € 1450
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Research on Task-Centered Learning Environments

“We need good research on task-centered learning environments to go beyond traditional PBL and make the best use of new technologies.”

Jeroen van Merriënboer, Programme Coordinator

Fast facts

ONLINE COURSE 

  • 12-week online course, advanced level (3ECTS). Study load: approx. 1day/week
  • Strongly oriented on research and the latest developments in task-centered learning environments
  • Particularly relevant for candidates in health professions education with a strong research orientation
  • Closely related to your own research project
Programme information

Medical education is moving more and more from traditional learning environments to more realistic tasks employing new technologies, such as high-fidelity simulations or virtual patient encounters in e-learning environments. However, this transition is not straightforward. Good research is necessary to find evidence for what works and what does not. The aim of this advanced course is for participants to familiarize themselves with research on task-centered learning environments and develop a critical view on the quality of research designs and reports. Over the course of 12 weeks, you explore the horizons in your research domain, and acquire a deeper understanding and a critical view of research relating to your own PhD project.

Objectives
  • Acquiring a broad understanding of research topics in the domain of task-centered learning environments
  • Acquiring in-depth knowledge of recent developments in research on specific topics in the domain of task-centered learning environments
  • Learning to find and retrieve essential scientific literature in your domain
  • Learning to critically read and evaluate scientific literature in your domain
  • Learning to critically evaluate research designs
  • Learning how to determine gaps of knowledge: questions in a research domain that are not yet (fully) investigated or answered
  • Communicate and collaborate internationally with peer (PhD) researchers 

Learners profile

Are you a researcher conducting research (or planning to conduct research) on task-centered learning environments? Then this course will help you familiarize yourself with a broad range of research topics in the domain. In addition, you will learn how to locate and retrieve essential literature and collaborate with your peers in assessing the quality of research designs and journal articles. By the end of the course you will have an overview of the domain of task-centered learning environments, and in-depth knowledge of recent developments and existing gaps in the domain related to your own research project.

Admissions requirements

Applicants must have a higher education degree equivalent to a Dutch Master’s degree in one of the health professions. Such as a master’s degree in medicine, health sciences, educational sciences, psychology or any related discipline.

The programme is taught in English. All submitted materials must be in English, and all communication during the programme will be in English. Thus, candidates must have sufficient English proficiency and must have adequate and active command of English (in speech and written). No additional evidence of sufficient command of the English language is required from applicants. 

Teaching method

This is a fully online 12-week course, including several synchronous and asynchronous sessions and online assignments. During the course, you will keep a portfolio in which you reflect on your own learning process. You will acquire a broad understanding of topics such as adaptive learning, self-regulation skills, 21st century skills, blended learning, simulations, and visual expertise, and will delve deeper into topics relevant for your own research. You will collaborate with peers while locating, retrieving, and reviewing state-of-the-art scientific literature. Under guidance of the course staff, you will learn how to ask and answer the right questions when determining the quality of a research design or a research report.

Faculty

Your teachers are true scholars and experts in the field of Research on Task-Centered Learning Environments: Jeroen van Merriënboer, PhD, Research Director SHE, Anique de Bruin, PhD, Anneke van der Niet, PhD; Jimmy Frèrejean, PhD.

Principal Staff involved

  • Jeroen van Merriënboer, PhD, Research Director SHE and Programme coordinator
  • Anique de Bruin, PhD
  • Anneke van der Niet, PhD
  • Jimmy Frèrejean, PhD.