NAPLeS

The Network of Academic Programs in the Learning Sciences (NAPLeS) is a network of Ph.D. and Master’s programs in the Learning Sciences

NAPLeS is part of the educational mission of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. It was officially founded at the 2012 ICLS meeting.

The overall mission of NAPLeS is to foster high quality Learning Sciences programs internationally through several mechanisms that support teaching and learning.

As of June, 2019, 37 universities with 60 different programs have joined NAPLeS.


For the programs, NAPLeS increases international visibility and opportunities for international collaboration with other Learning Sciences sites.

For scholars, NAPLeS supports the exchange of ideas in teaching and research. We have curated a collection of resources consisting of webinars and videos, syllabi, suggested readings, and learning activities for the design of introductory courses into the Learning Sciences. Here scholars are also able to explore the curricula and a collection of syllabi from other programs.

For students, NAPLeS offers an international network, and they benefit from specific expertise in other programs as well as from visiting scholar opportunities and possible international supervision for their research.


The overall mission of NAPLeS is to foster high quality Learning Sciences programs internationally through several mechanisms that support teaching and learning:

  • Supporting the exchange between academic programs in the Learning Sciences
  • Collecting, creating, and curating:
  • Supporting visiting scholarships for students to engage with Learning Sciences programs other than their own
  • Supporting the international supervision of doctoral research

NAPLeS Introduction Video

In this video, Frank Fischer will present the most important things you need to know about NAPLeS. Daniel Sommerhoff, will show you valuable insights into Learning Sciences by presenting his study about what Learning Sciences programs teach worldwide. If you are only interested in some parts or searching for specific information, the outline below guides you to the major spots in the video.

  • 0:00 - General Introduction
  • 0:44 - Part 1: NAPLeS: The Network of Academic Programs in the Learning Sciences (Frank Fischer)
  • 0:44 - What is the main goal of NAPLeS and what are the major NAPLeS activities?
  • 2:35 - NAPLeS video resources and webinars
  • 6:50 - NAPLeS syllabi collection
  • 8:36 - The history of NAPLeS
  • 11:16 - NAPLeS Status Quo and future directions
  • 12:06 - Useful Information if you are interested in NAPLeS membership
  • 16:00 - Part 2: Teaching the Learning Sciences: an analysis of 75 programmes (Daniel Sommerhoff)
  • 16:17 - Introduction and background of the study: What is Learning Sciences?
  • 16:57 - Research questions and method of the study
  • 18:43 - Results: What do Learning Sciences Programs teach?
  • 22:45 - Discussion of the results

Do you want to learn more about the study? Look it up here:

  • Sommerhoff, D., Szameitat, A., Vogel, F., Chernikova, O., Loderer, K., & Fischer, F. (2018). What do we teach when we teach the Learning Sciences? An analysis of 75 degree programs. Journal of the Learning Sciences 27(2), 319-351. doi: 10.1080/10508406.2018.1440353

For information on the current member programs, faculty, students and how to join the network visit the links above or contact us by email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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NAPLeS Mission Flyer (.pdf)
Slides from the Introductory Video (.pdf)

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