17-T6 Research on whole-task models in education

In this course instructional design principles and models based on state-of-the-art research will be elaborated and discussed. In education the use of a whole-task approach is becoming more and more common, but there are still many questions on how to properly design education based on this approach. Example questions are: How do you sequence tasks? How can you design support, guidance and scaffolds? How do you present information and educational resources? How do you design for blended learning? Research on these topics will be linked to best practices (if possible from the participants own research or experience) in education. The participants will review literature on these topics, study best practices and reflect on these best practices from a theoretical point of view. They will also go one step further and outline (in groups) a research proposal and present this proposal during a poster session.

Course coordinators

  • Saskia Brand-Gruwel, saskia.brand-gruwel@ou.nl
  • Jeroen van Merriënboer, j.vanmerrienboer@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Course objectives:
The participants:
- gain insight in the latest instructional design theories and principles that apply a whole-task approach
- are able to reflect on best practices from a theoretical point of view
- are able to outline a research proposal to test instructional design principles that are central to the whole-task approach
- are able to present their research proposal in a poster session.

Course Programme

The course will start with a two-day f-2-f session and end with a two-day f-2-f session; during the course an online meeting will be organized. During this meeting it will be possible to discuss topics and give presentations. The teachers will use the studio at the OU for the setup of this session.

Dates: April 18-19, May 15-16, 2017
Location: Open University Utrecht.

Maximum number of participants:24 


The participant’s individual analyses and reflection of a best practice, the outline of the research proposal and the poster presentation will be assessed

Participants will get written feedback on the analysis and reflection on the chosen best practice, and during the online session they will get as a group more general feedback. The teachers will also provide feedback on the research proposals, but also peer-feedback will be organized.