Onderwijsvernieuwingsproject (OVP) 2010: International Master Programme in Educational Sciences: An Innovative blended approach with a focus on cased-based learning via international online collaboration and learning communities.

Project Details


There are two main objectives of the project: establishing an innovative International Master programme and using innovative educational design, strategies and technologies. One of the most important aims of the International Master in Educational Sciences is to attract more students and strengthen our international position. The internationalisation of the programme is a foremost objective. Internationalisation can be enhanced through the following collaborations and efforts: cooperation with universities abroad, inviting guest professors, building online learning communities connecting the master students of this programme and other important actors.

Besides creating an International Master programme, innovative educational strategies are adopted for this programme. For this we have implemented blended learning, a combination of e-learning and face-to-face lectures and coaching. This includes the development of online learning content, the use of e-learning environments for learning and interaction, online coaching, online collaborative learning, cases studies via online tools. This specific approach is built on the notion that teamwork needs to be supported, facilitated and trained. Authentic cases are used in the programme and students are encouraged to participate and elaborate via online collaboration. Furthermore, online learning communities are built up connecting the Master students of this programme and teachers.

The strategies of the programme include:
A) Develop guidelines to optimize blended learning between autonomous learning, online collaborative learning and face to face exchanges for different types of learning goals. The following steps could be followed, depending on the course content:
1) Subdivide existing course in units
2) Find out for which parts/learning processes the use of an virtual learning environment (VLE) is meaningful
3) Connect VLE-activities with face to face (F2F) activities
4) Develop blueprint for blended learning design
5) Do small trial runs, evaluate and adjust
6) Implement blended learning in full courses.
Furthermore, new materials, cases, assignments for the courses are developed for this programme. Since the programme is taught in English, and project-based and case based learning are adopted, new course materials have to be selected and developed.

B) Develop assessment procedures for the master course. Students' competences and their knowledge, skills, and attitudes have to be assessed at the adequate level in the qualifications framework.

One of the important strategies is to decide on the optimal mix between autonomous learning, online collaborative learning and face to face lectures. It is our objective that experience from this programme can be potentially disseminated to other VUB programmes.
AcronymDOZ51 (exVLO228)
Effective start/end date1/07/1030/11/12


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  • Pedagogical and educational sciences