• Mastering of basic concepts from the research on learning and instruction
  • Exploring recent developments in research on learning and instruction


  • 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.

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 “beyond”-lectures will be online in a later stage, and will involve several experts on the topics.

The subjects can be watched and completed separately. The first topic (Perspectives) is mandatory, and is an intake requirement for the following topics. The whole programme is to be followed online, with two online meetings.

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 online meetings (of approx. 90 minutes).

Course planning

Assignment of the modules have to be ready on:

  • Module 1: 15 September
  • Module 2: 30 September
  • Module 3: 15 October
  • Module 4: 30 October (followed by an online peer-review meeting in November)
  • Module 5: 30 November
  • Module 6: 15 December
  • Module 7: 15 January 2021
  • Module 8:  30 January (followed by an online peer-review meeting in February, 2021)

Participants can choose to be part of the following online meetings:

Options meeting 1:
9 November, 2020
11 November, 2020
13 November, 2020

Options meeting 2:
8 February, 2021
10 February, 2021
12 February, 2021

Structure per subject
· Literature: 30 pages: 3 hours.
· Web Lectures: 2 lectures of 1 hour: 2 hours.
· Assignment: 2 hours.

Basic part: ECTS: 2
The “Beyond”-part is still under construction, but will be online in 2021 (1 EC)