This fully online course is the first part of the ICO Course Learning and Instruction: Basics and Beyond. The second part of this course (Recent Developments in Learning and Instruction) will be organized in the second part of 2022. This course is especially meant for PhD’s in the educational sciences, but who do not have a masters degree in the educational sciences.


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

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 subjects can be watched and completed separately. 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: 10 January
  • Module 2: 24 January
  • Module 3: 7 February
  • Module 4: 21 February (followed by an online peer-review meeting in February or March 2022)
  • Module 5: 7 March
  • Module 6: 21 March
  • Module 7: 4 April
  • Module 8:  18 April (followed by an online peer-review meeting in April or May 2022)

Participants will be able to choose from a selection of dates for the online meetings. These dates will be set soon.

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