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Mar
13

10 PhD positions at the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences

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The application information for the REASON program has been updated

The Munich Center of the Learning Sciences (MCLS) invites applications for 10 PhD positions (equaling 2/3 of a full academic position, amounting to approximately 29.000 – 34.000 €/year, initial duration of 24 months with the possibility of extending for one year) within the international doctoral school “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” (REASON) funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB) to commence in October 2019.

All information regarding the program and the application procedure is available on the REASON webpage.

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Jan
21

New Learning Sciences Program at Boston College’s Lynch School starts in late August – applications welcome

Boston College’s Lynch School of Education is delighted to announce the start, in late August, 2019, of our new Masters Program in Learning Engineering. The program will prepare students to design engaging learning experiences that are informed by the learning sciences and incorporate cutting-edge technologies. The program is experiential and interdisciplinary, leveraging the expertise of faculty from across BC’s Lynch School of Education. Throughout the one-year, on-campus program, students complete design challenges, shadow working professionals, take field trips to technology incubators and collaboratories, and intern with local organizations.

At the program’s core are its design studios and reflective seminars. Courses and 1-credit modules are designed to foster learning of how people learn, how to foster learning, how to design for learners, and how to influence a focus on learning among members of a design team. Students use what they are learning to complete their design challenges and participate in their internships. They graduate with a portfolio that showcases the depth and breadth of their design work and demonstrates their capabilities in learner-centered design, leadership, and pedagogical and technological imagination.

Jan
02

Open-rank position at McGill University

The Learning Science program in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University is seeking applicants for an open-rank position (Assistant, Associate, Full; application due February 1, 2019).

More information can be found here:

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Sep
07

REASON Winter School 2019: Call for applications

Winter Reason School 2019

Hosted by the TUM School of Education

Bridging the research-practice gap: Advancing evidence-based argumentation

The REASON doctoral school invites young researchers to its 2019 Interdisciplinary Winter School to discuss how evidence-based argumentation can be advanced across different populations and disciplines. The event will take place from February 18th to February 20th, 2019 at the TUM School of Education in Marsstraße 20-22, 80335 München.

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Feb
01

NAPLeS Videos with German Subtitles

Up to now, a multitude of videos and materials have been created and uploaded to the NAPLeS homepage. They represent great resources for many researchers and educators internationally. Still, the videos require advanced English language skills, implying a language barrier for many non-native speakers.

In an effort to make the NAPLeS videos more accessible to non-English speakers, we just uploaded a number of new NAPLeS Videos with German subtitles.

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Oct
31

Welcome to the new NAPLeS programs from the Boğaziçi University

We welcome the Learning Sciences Doctorate Program from the Boğaziçi University in Bebek/Istanbul, Turkey. The university offers a new Learning Sciences Program on the PhD level, the "Learning Sciences Doctorate Program".

More information about this program and the other NAPLeS Doctoral and Master’s programs from 36 universities worldwide can be found on the NAPLeS Programs page.

Oct
15

REASON Spring School 2018

REASON Interdisciplinary Spring School 2018, March 5th - 7th, 2018, LMU Munich

LMU Munich offers the international doctoral school “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” (REASON). REASON brings together more than 30 PhD candidates and professors from various academic disciplines (psychology, educational science, mathematics education, biology education, medical education, computer science, social work) who share a research interest in studying aspects of scientific reasoning and argumentation.

From March 5th to March 7th, 2018 the REASON doctoral school will host the International Spring School on “Advances in Measuring Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” at LMU Munich. The program of the Spring School includes keynote speeches, workshops and a symposium led by external experts, poster presentations of the accepted PhD candidates, and social networking events.

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Jul
31

Welcome to the new NAPLeS programs from the University of Turku

We welcome the doctoral and master’s programs that are related to Learning Sciences from the University of Turku, Finland. The university offers the "Master’s Degree Programme in Learning, Learning Environments and Educational Systems (LLEES)" and the "Doctoral Programme on Learning, Teaching and Environments Research". NAPLeS now consists of Masters’ and Doctoral programs from 35 universities located in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Jul
15

Welcome to the new NAPLeS programs from the University of Calgary

We welcome the doctoral and master’s programs from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The university offers one Master’s program and one Doctoral program with Learning Sciences specialization. NAPLeS now consists of Masters’ and Doctoral programs from 34 universities located in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Jun
15

NAPLeS @CSCL 2017 in Philadelphia

From June 18 to June 22 2017 the 12th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning will take place in Philadelphia, USA. We will maintain the tradition of conducting a NAPLeS meeting to discuss about current projects and the future of the NAPLeS initiative. The NAPLeS meeting will take place on Monday, June 19 from 1 to 2 pm. The room will be announced soon.

Jan
14

Upcoming webinar with Sheryl Burgstahler

We're happy to announce the upcoming webinar, held by Sheryl Burgstahler, about "Making Computer-Supported Learning Accessible to Students with Disabilities" on January 26th at 5pm UTC.

If you're interested in participating: Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dec
21

New HQ Videos Available

Good news:

Today we uploaded another set of NAPLeS expert videos, which include interviews and presentations from renowned researchers like Dan Hickey or Shaaron Ainsworth and topics such as embodied cognition or seamless learning. You can find them in the videos section.

Additionally, we published the webinar recording of Knowledge Building: Communities Working With Ideas in Design Mode by Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter. It is available here.

Oct
17

Upcoming webinar with Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter

We're happy to announce the upcoming webinar, held by Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter! They are going to talk about "Knowledge Building: Communities Working with Ideas in Design Mode" on October 28th at 4pm UTC.

If you're interested in participating: Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Aug
08

Welcome to the new NAPLeS programs from the Penn State University

We welcome the doctoral and master’s programs from Penn State University. The university offers three Master’s and three Doctoral programs (Learning, Design, & Technology; Curriculum & Instruction; Educational Psychology) that are related to the Learning Sciences. More information about the programs can be found here.

NAPLeS now consists of Masters’ and Doctoral programs from 33 universities located in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Jun
27

NAPLeS@ICLS 2016 in Singapore

From June 20 to June 24 the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences took place at NIE in Singapore. Again we maintained the tradition (established at ICLS 2012 in Sydney) of conducting a NAPLeS meeting to discuss about current projects and the future of the NAPLeS initiative.

Special thanks go to following people who agreed to engage in different NAPLeS action items: Susan Yoon, Jim Slotta, Mike Tissenbaum, Mike Rook, Freydis Vogel, Frank Fischer, Daniel Sommerhoff, Georg Kuschel, Jessica Ashraf, and Paul Flynn.

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