23-L&IB – Learning and Instruction: Basics

This mainly online course is the first part of the ICO Course Learning and Instruction: Basics and Beyond. The second (beyond-)part of this course (Recent Developments in Learning and Instruction) will be organized in the second half of 2023.

This course on Learning & Instruction is especially meant for PhD’s in the educational sciences that do not have a masters degree in the educational sciences.

  • Basics part: Mastering of basic concepts from the research on learning and instruction (part 1 – 2 ECTS)
  • Beyond part: Exploring recent developments in research on learning and instruction (part 2 – 2 ECTS)


  • Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Greeno, J. G., Collins, A. M., & Resnick, L. B. (1996). Cognition and learning. In Berliner, D., & Calfee, R. (Eds.). Handbook of educational psychology (pp. 15-46). New York, NY: MacMillan.
  • Specific articles per subject, to be determined.

This course is aimed at PhD candidates from the field of science education with a master’s degree outside of the educational sciences, who want to know more about the research on learning and instruction.

The basic lectures are given by Jos Beishuizen. The meetings are coordinated by Michelle Helms-Lorenz.

The subjects can be watched and completed separately. The whole programme is to be followed online, with tree meetings. The meetings will be partially physical meetings. Dates will be set in coordination with the participants.

eight subjects 
1. Perspectives on learning and instruction: theories and research paradigms
2. Learning and Transfer
3. Knowledge and Memory
4. Metacognition and Self-regulation
5. Learning and Instruction
6. Motivation and Engagement
7. Learning as a Social Process
8. Beginners and Experts

For each subject, web lectures are given in the form of so-called slide casts: PowerPoint or Prezi presentations with voice-over. Students study the literature, follow the web lectures and make assignments.

The assignments will be peer reviewed, and discussed during two meetings.

Course planning

Start Course: Meeting on 15 February or 17 February 2023. Assignment of the modules have to be ready on:

  • Module 1: 1 March
  • Module 2: 15 March
  • Module 3: 29 March
  • Module 4: 12 April (followed by a peer-review meeting in April)
  • Module 5: 26 April
  • Module 6: 17 May
  • Module 7:  24 May
  • Module 8: 7 June (followed by a peer-review meeting in June)

Participants will be able to choose from a selection of dates for the meetings. These dates will be set in due time.