About us

Tecolab is a Research group interested in Technology enhanced learning, Enquiry learning in teacher education settings, Computer-suppported collaborative learning, Online self & peer assessment and peer feedback, Learning design and Implementation of technology-enhanced approaches within instructional settings, Adult learning, and Blended learning.

In short we are often focusing on collaboration and technology, and most of our research is focusing on learning and instruction in authentic learning settings.

We are also responsible for the PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) in Flanders.

We are part of the Department of Educational Studies at Ghent University. We are closely collaborating with the edum@st research group, and the research group Language, Learning, Innovation - TLI. Other related research groups are BELLON, LOPO, metis, and Culture & Education.

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15-06-2022: We zoeken versterking op onze vakgroep! Zin om ons Tecolab-team te vervoegen? Hier vind je meer info over een vacature voor een tijdelijke aanstelling 100% wetenschappelijk medewerker op de vakgroep Onderwijskunde, Universiteit Gent (deadline 8 juli, start half augustus, tot eind van het jaar).

25-02-2022: The Flemish PIAAC team is analysing national field trial data and revising field trial materials. Meanwhile, the PIAAC main study data collection is planned from September 2022 until April 2023 and preparations for the main study have been started!

22-02-2022: Fien presented during the JURE Career day. Her talk focused on career paths within academia. What were the take-home messages?
  • Meet the ‘gurus’ in your research field
  • Broaden your horizon – get to know other departments and research groups (go abroad!)
  • Network: make sure you know the people in your field (and they know you!)
  • Contribute to your research field (conferences, symposia, reviewer,…)
  • Be proactive and create your own opportunities

27-10-2020: Yana zoekt enthousiaste leraren Nederlands (derde graad ASO) voor Argumentativo! >> Lees hier meer ...

09-10-2020: Maaike and Bram presented at the D-Teach Virtual Summit: Online en blended leren in het hoger onderwijs

01-10-2019: Fien, Karen and Yana join Tecolab
Fien will work on a FWO research project that focusses on improving secondary students' argumentative and writing skills, while Karen and Yana will conduct research focusing on computer-supported collaborative learning and writing.

15-05-2019: New historical inquiry lesson package
Iris is working on a lesson package that develops students' ability to conduct historical inquiries. Teachers who want to try it out in their classroom, can find more information here.

09-05-2019: Upcoming seminar on students' understanding of history
Michiel is co-organizing an international seminar on students' understanding of history, which will take place on september 9-10 at the University of Amsterdam. More information can be found here.

19-11-2018: Lisa Dewulf and Lisse Van Nieuwenhove join Tecolab
Lisa Dewulf and Lisse Van Nieuwenhove are the two newest members of Tecolab. Together, they will head the organization of the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) in Flanders.

14-10-2018: Vacancy for a doctoral researcher
Tecolab has an opening for a doctoral researcher, who will work on the PIAAC study in Flanders. More information can be found here.

01-10-2018: Iris Hulders joins Tecolab
We just welcomed another new member in TECOLAB. Iris Hulders started a PHD that investigates how use of an inquiry-based history curriculum affects students' motivation and cognition, and history teachers' beliefs about their job.

27-09-2018: Congratulations, dr. Ruth Boelens!
Today, Ruth Boelens succesfully defended her PhD on the design of blended learning environments for hands-on adult learners. Her research work is part of the Adult Learners Online (ALO!) project.

01-09-2018: Maaike Grammens joins Tecolab
This week we welcomed a new member in our researchgroup. Maaike Grammens started a PhD that focuses on the professionalization of teachers who teach in synchronous online learning environments. A VLAIO Baekeland project in cooperation with D-Teach.