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An Alternative Model of Learning: Implications of Learning Sciences Research for the Creation of Effective Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments


The European Commission stresses the importance of innovation, research, high-quality education and lifelong learning as Europe develops as a knowledge-based society and economy. In order to enhance the scientific knowledge on innovative pedagogies and accelerate new forms of learning and teaching, more interdisciplinary learning sciences research is required, to inspire a faster and more progressive change with regard to Europe’s education and training systems. Consequently, the overall goal of this research project is to gain a refined knowledge on how students come to understand and how faculty can support learning with understanding, creating effective technology-enhanced learning environments. The objectives tackled are as follows: (1) In order to refine the scientific knowledge on how students come to understand, cognition will be studied in its physical, social and cultural context, conducting an interdisciplinary literature review and outlining a sensitizing framework; (2) Explorative case study research on how expert instructors in the field of education design effective technology-enhanced learning environments that engage students in deep learning will be conducted. In this respect, three selected courses at Harvard Graduate School of Education will be investigated to inform the theory-building process of the study; (3) Characteristics of effective technology-enhanced learning environments will be derived from learning sciences research (see 1 and 2) to guide the development of a new learning model. In addition, a questionnaire will be designed to survey the outlined characteristics of the developed model against a broader audience of students at Harvard Graduate School of Education and further develop and enhance the generalizability of the theory. (4) Implications for curriculum development as well as learning and teaching in higher education will be drawn from the American context to transfer and implement the insights gained to the European context.

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EU contribution
€ 238 095,57
9000 St Gallen

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Ostschweiz St. Gallen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Eberle (Prof.)
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