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Joep van der Graaf

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Contact information
024-3613033
Visiting address
Maria Montessorigebouw
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD Nijmegen
Post address
Postbus 9104 
6500 HENijmegen

Self-regulated learning with digital media

We aim to make learning effective and efficient. To do so, teachers commonly apply techniques based on differentiation and scaffolding. In other words, teachers try to acknowledge and detect differences between students (differentiation), and challenge students to move beyond what they already know by providing instruction slightly beyond a student’s current understanding (scaffolding). Teachers need support, because differentiation and scaffolding can be time-consuming. This is where my research comes in. I study how differentiation and scaffolding can be supported via digital media. Can we personalize teaching and scaffold students by the use of digital media? How can we use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect students’ learning process and automatically adapt instructions?

My work as a postdoctoral researcher includes designing digital learning environments that incorporate differentiation and scaffolding, analyzing data from the learning process (learning analytics), and more. I work on the FLoRA project (www.floralearn.org) about self-regulated learning in university, the Word Factory about fostering morphological awareness via inquiry-based learning, and several smaller projects aimed to unravel and promote inquiry-based learning in primary education. I also teach students. My teaching focuses on advanced research methods, inquiry-based learning, and individual theses.