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