The Master track “Learning Sciences” (Dutch: Instructie, Leren en Ontwikkeling) offers a balanced curriculum focusing on student characteristics, learning objectives, learning, instruction, testing and assessment. The program forms a solid foundation for students who want to contribute to the improvement of the quality of education in schools or businesses. Courses focus on learning and instruction, the biological basis of learning, multimedia use in education, games and simulations, adult learning and research methods in the learning sciences.
In the SCY (Science Created by You) project students learn by creating objects (hypotheses, models, artifacts, etc.). In this context we study students’ cognitive design and collaboration processes, their reasons for re-use of other students’ objects etc.
Learning Sciences is an international multidisciplinary field including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology, educational science and computer science. A learning scientist observes, analyses, models and evaluates learning processes in a developmental perspective and can use this knowledge to create or improve instructional measures in various learning contexts.
A developmental perspective on learning and instruction is adopted, allowing for a wide range of research possibilities with various age groups. The program is organised by the department of Instructional Technology of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences of the University of Twente. The department of Instructional Technology has an International reputation for its research on inquiry learning and its design of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) environments.
The track is open to all psychology bachelors (university level) or similar qualification. Our graduates find work as a developer, consultant or researcher for commercial and non-commercial educational institutions, development agencies, research institutes and universities.