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Lunchbite: Do students remember learning material better via training on their smartphone?

Monday 2 December 2019
Gorlaeus Gebouw
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden

How can we make sure that students learn theory by heart for testing, and that they do so in a way that lasts? Ludo Juurlink, university lecturer at the LIC, is researching this and won an education grant of 250,000 euros within the Comenius programme of NWO. In this second lunchbite he shares his research results so far.

What is the project about?
Foundation courses are generally aimed at lower levels of knowledge processing: remembering, understanding and applying. Juurlink sees that students are not very willing to practise. Many students 'cram' for exams, which is not a good way to retain knowledge and skills in the long term. In this project, Juurlink and his co-applicants will explore a learning and assessment platform on the mobile phone that can improve this situation.

Learning via the online platform Cerego
Students have access to content and training tests on their smartphone via the online platform Cerego. Cerego helps to train (basic) concepts in a sustainable and in-depth way. Through an online training course, you can allow students to study the knowledge that is necessary for your profession (e.g. basic concepts, procedures, formulas) in a playful way. For example with flashcards, a quiz, fill in the blanks etc. You can use images, sound fragments and keywords. The teacher is in charge and decides what will be available to the student when.

Juurlink's research team compares the examination results before and after the intervention and investigates whether 'mobile studying' leads to students remembering better information about subjects that will return in the next semester. They also investigate whether students with exam anxiety benefit from a test, and measure the extra time that students 'study on the move'. The project involves collaboration with TU Delft and Radboud University Nijmegen.

For whom and when?
The lunchbite is for all teachers who provide introductory courses and will take place on Monday 2 December in the Gorlaeus Building (DM013) from 13.00 to 14.00 hours (lunch is included).

Sign up
You can register via the registration form. Registration is possible until 25 November. Questions? Please contact us: Iza Ritsema, ICT & Education via: seeds@science.leidenuniv.nl.

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