Learning & Education

Continuing technological change will both enable and require new types of learning and communication, not just during childhood but throughout people’s lives. More than ever, people of all ages should be enabled to continuously update their skills to engage with the environment and the rest of the world. Formal and informal learning processes should be personalized and made more effective. These and related societal challenges are addressed in programme line Learning & Education.

Academics that are working on finding solutions to societal challenges related to Learning & Education:

Expertise

Harold Bekkering is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour of the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research has covered many different ways of learning ranging from basic sensorimotor learning to complex forms of social learning. Lately, he aims to implement knowledge about human learning in educational settings.

Expertise

Max Louwerse is Professor Cognitive Psychology and Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University. He received his PhD in Linguistics (University of Edinburgh) and worked at the University of Memphis as Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, where he also worked as Director. Louwerse published over 120 articles in journals, proceedings and books in cognitive science, computational linguistics, and psycholinguistics (text and discourse, multimodal communication, embodied cognition, medical informatics, and spatio-temporal models) and holds two patents. Louwerse was founder of the DAF Technology Lab, the virtual and mixed reality lab on the Tilburg University campus, was involved in setting up the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (www.jads.nl) and is co-founder of Mind Labs (www.mind-labs.eu).

Expertise

With his background in psychology and engineering, Specht has always been researching the interaction between humans and technology. Empowering humans with technology to learn more efficient, effective or by having fun and enjoying themselves while learning is the big challenge for the next hundred years of digital education. He has approached new opportunities from a design-based reach perspective and developed new technology applications for education and he also evaluated technology for enabling better human learning. Beside empowering more efficient human learning also the impact of technology on processes as information distribution, educational monitoring and formative assessment, and development of educational material has been part of his research.

Examples

Working together to understand how we work together

Doing things together – nothing is more natural for Homo Sapiens. We are highly social animals. Professor Harold Bekkering and his Action and Neurocognition Group are trying to unravel the complex processes that underlie human cooperation
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Let's Innovate our Education

According to Max Louwerse, the typical way of education at universities is not from this time anymore. That is why he thinks that classrooms should be complemented with technology in order to make classes more interactive. With this technology it will be possible to make use of virtual, augmented and mixed reality to eventually create better education.
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Time will tell: The role of mobile learning analytics in self-regulated learning

This longitudinal study explores the effects of tracking and monitoring time devoted to learn with a mobile tool, on self-regulated learning. Graduate students (n = 36) from three different online courses used their own mobile devices to track how much time they devoted to learn over a period of four months.
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