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Learning Theories in a Nutshell

Have you always been interested in getting a grasp of different paradigms or schools of thought in educational science? This page offers a lot of easy-to-read summaries of learning theories, educational guides and useful tools. Here, you can get a simple and brief impression of the underlying paradigms that the theory you discuss in class might be based on, or you just get a broad overview.

The Learning Scientists

A fantastic blog on the science of learning, making educational research more accessible to everybody. It covers not only weekly blog posts on different trending educational topics based on science, but it combines those topics with practical recommendations for teachers, students, learners and educators. Additionally, you find downloadable materials for your own practice, podcast episodes, and videos on learning concepts or advice on how to study best. The FAQs are not only a subject index but questions that come to mind in everyday life learning situations, when reading the articles or when trying to implement recommendations into your daily learning routine. Nice, they do not only provide answers to these questions but also refer to scientific articles in reference lists. ūüėČ

This blog is an inspirational gold mine for every learner, teacher and educator, so check out the blog right now!




January 2019

Ideas About Learning In the 21st Century

The fifth module in Trending Topics in Educational Science was not only about echoing what other researchers have found and think about learning in the 21st century. Rather, it was on our own ideas that came up when we truly discussed topics like creativity, knowledge, technology, learning and teachers in open discourse. We were inspired by blogs, politics, newspapers, scientific research and TED talks which shaped our view on the matter and led us exchange arguments and build our own opinion.

The syntheses of our controversial discussions and our scientifically grounded opinion can be read on the blog Technology for Learning where you can also find articles from the previous year.

Enjoy reading and get inspired.

July 2018

Vacations are coming! For the learner addicts, this can be an opportunity to catch up on some new and exciting educational content. Podcasts are a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Recently, a new podcast was launched which aims to bring learning and development, further and higher education closer together through the exploration of common challenges. So far there are three episodes covering innovative technologies in learning. You can access the podcast here – https://lloyddean.co.uk/podcast/

June 2018

Innovation and change are very big parts of the educational world. There is so much happening, that it can be very hard to keep track. Conferences are one way to be in touch with the latest trends, but sometimes they can be costly, or time-consuming. Luckily the good people of the Learning Technologies conference made sure that everyone can have access to their event, by posting conference videos on youtube. Learning Technologies (in association with Learning and Skills) is Europe’s leading showcase of organizational and technology supported workplace learning and next takes place on February 13th – February 14th, 2019 at ExCel London. There are around 700 videos you can choose from on topics ranging from VR technology in education to learning analytics. So hop on and explore¬† – https://www.youtube.com/user/LearningTechUK/about

April 2018

Learning from experienced professionals around the world is great, but not always possible. Luckily, the Internet changed that and gave us plenty of opportunities to connect and share knowledge and experience. One such place where you can find a lot of content on learning, both in schools and corporations is D2L. Dive in into the sea of free recorded  webinars made available on their page (https://www.d2l.com/resources/webinars/#filter=) and learn something new whenever you want, wherever you want.

March 2018

On March 12 a new exciting course will begin on Coursera. It is offered by the Erasmus University Rotterdam and it is titled Assessment in Higher Education: Professional Development for Teachers. Although it is targeted at higher education teachers, there is something to learn for all interested in assessment. This is the description of the course:
Are you a teacher in higher education wanting to get the best out of your students and assessments? Then on behalf of Risbo, Erasmus University Rotterdam, we would like to welcome you to this MOOC on Assessment in Higher Education. In this MOOC we will guide you through the different phases of preparing, creating and evaluating the assessments in your course.
After participating in this MOOC, you will be able to:
1. Design an assessment that is constructively aligned (content, level, methods) with the course objectives and activities
2. Apply the quality criteria with respect to validity, reliability and transparency for construction of assessments and assessment items
3. Analyze the assessment output and results, assess the quality of the assessment and make decisions about students’ grades accordingly
4. Formulate future improvements for an assessment

February 2018

Very often we hear, and sometimes witness that the system is broken and that education needs to be reformed. But, reforms take a long time to implement, and sometimes they do not work. What does work, on a micro level is the individual difference each person makes. Teachers have a tremendous power to make a difference is someone’s life. What it takes is passion and dedication, like the one Rita F. Pierson had. She was a teacher as well as a counselor, a testing coordinator and an assistant principal. Her approach to teaching was one of forming relationships with the students and emphasizing the best in them, until they themselves believe in their own ability.
In this short TED talk, she conveys a powerful energy and gives inspiration to teachers and educational professionals to go ahead and make a difference in student’s lives.

The podcast and web page Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Sciences offers abundant resources related to the newest developments in education. The trending hardware and software for instructional design, as well as opinions and reports are discussed in this podcast, twice a month.  In the podcasts alone you can get plenty of information and commentary on the newissues currently trending in education. In addition, each episode comes with recommended readings and other resources. You can access the episodes here Рhttp://trendsandissues.com/category/trends-issues-podcast/

December 2017

Educate –¬†Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn.

In this podcast, host Stephen Smith explores education and research and the ways research helps, or fails to help shape policy. The podcast also covers stories on innovative approaches to education, both in the classroom and beyond. In addition, it is concerned with the way education shapes society, and how disadvantaged and marginalized people can have better access to education.

For access to the archive of the podcast, click here: https://www.apmreports.org/educate-podcast

November 2017

Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology
Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology is a new Course offered on Coursera by The University of London, which starts on November 13. Its aim is to assist teachers in using technology and the online environment to create more dynamic online courses, as well as to motivate students and provide them with more efficient feedback. As stated on the official course page: This course is aimed at educators who have little experience using online tools and technology for teaching purposes but who have basic familiarity with the Internet, online learning environments and computers in general. The emphasis in this MOOC is on gaining a wide range of experience in order to decide for yourself which tools and techniques to explore in more depth.
You can enroll and follow this course for free on this link –¬†https://www.coursera.org/learn/getinmooc

Oktober 2017

For the teachers, those who would like to be teachers, or those who are interested in teaching in general, The Cult of Pedagogy might be the right podcast. Hosted by a practicing teacher, the podcast offers insights into what is trending, new and relevant for teachers. Through interviews with experts, researchers and teachers, an array of different topics are explored twice a month. If you are interested, visit the web page where you can find links to all episodes as well as diverse content relevant to the individual episodes here.

September 2017

MOOC: Micro Masters in Instructional Design and Technology
The EST Masters at the University of Twente offers many possibilities to gain skills in design for learning. But, some of you may wish to expand, refresh or practice (re)applying  those skills in new, different ways.  An opportunity to do just that  can be found in the on line Micro Masters in Instructional Design and Technology offered by the University of Maryland. Its aim is to give you the knowledge and skills on how to develop engaging mobile and on line learning experiences.

The first in this series of courses (Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories) began in late August and it is still open for enrollment There are three more courses that follow; however, you are free to pick only those that interest you by following this link: https://www.edx.org/micromasters/instructional-design-technology

August 2017

If you find yourself craving some education related knowledge during the summer break, MOOCs are here to bring it. One of the courses currently offered on Coursera is “ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children’s learning across the curriculum”.
In this MOOC, over the course of six weeks, ¬†Professor Diana Laurillard from the University of London takes a journey through classrooms around the world, and analyses different approaches to using ICT for the improvement of children’s learning.The materials in the course are based on studies carried out for the UNESCO Institute of IT in Education, Moscow.
If this is a topic you are interested in, you can enroll for free by following this link –¬†https://www.coursera.org/learn/ict-primary-education/home/info

And, from the world of podcasts, the recommendation for this month is the Bedley Bros podcast –¬†http://bedleybros.podomatic.com/. The Bedley Brothers are experienced educators, who are passionate about sharing new ideas and trends in education. The interview-style episodes are centered around teachers, instructional designers and educational experts who share their ideas and experiences regarding education and the way it can be transformed and improved. Besides links to the entire episodes, on the webpage you can also find additional information related to the topic of each episode.

June/July 2017

This month’s food for thought: Radical on-schooling

The ever-present need for educational reforms has given birth to some interesting and innovative movements in education. Recently, the idea of unschooling, or freeing education, is becoming more present in the mainstream media. For example, the Guardian recently published an article about an interesting approach to education in New Zeeland, which focuses on outdoors skills: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/20/no-classrooms-lessons-homework-new-zealand-school-children-are-free-to-roam

Another radical approach to education can be found in the UK, in the Summerhill school (founded in the 1920’s), where students create their own learning and participate in the decision making process, with equal voting rights as the teachers. A brief video about this school can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt9GtLCaNpU
For more, you can check their webpage – http://www.summerhillschool.co.uk

These are just some examples, but they open up an array of interesting questions like: Are these kinds of models of education sustainable? Can they be applied successfully worldwide? What will the transition from this type of school to university be like for the students? It certainly is an area that educational scientists and students should look into.

May 2017


TEDx Talk РSugata Mitra is  a Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. For almost 15 years he is conducting experiments investigating the role of technology in child education. What he found is that when given the appropriate resources (computer, internet, etc.) alongside encouragement, children can self-organize and learn on their own. This approach radically alters the role of the teacher, and opens up possibilities for major changes in education. For more on his experiments, see the TEDx talk.

April 2017

Podcast recommendation

As podcasts are growing in popularity, educational professionals are also using this medium to share their stories and network with others in
their field. The podcast we chose to share with you is called Dear
Instructional Designer. It offers many interviews which give a glimpse
into the professional lives of educational professionals across
different fields. And, for those that are new to the practice, the first
episodes offer useful tips and motivation for creating a portfolio and
launching an instructional designer career.
Link: https://dearinstructionaldesigner.simplecast.fm/episodes

MOOC recommendation

In the short description of this MOOC it is stated:
To be effective, educational technologies must be designed based on
what we know about how people learn. Through interviews with experts in
the field, this course explores educational technologies, outlines the
theories that influence their development, and examines their use._

The course is in its third unit, but users can quickly catch up. It
offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading scientists at MIT,
cooperate on a project with people from all over the world, share
knowledge and gain valuable experience.
Link: https://www.edx.org/course/design-development-educational-mitx-11-132x-1#