Open Online Education

In 2015 Tim started as a PhD candidate at Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON). Earlier he obtained a Masters in Psychology of Human Learning and Performance. He studies how people learn from educational videos in open online education, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and focusses specifically on increasing the instructional design quality and educational value of these videos.

Open online education has become increasingly popular. In Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) videos are generally the most used method of teaching and are central to the student learning experience. In his research, Tim is focused on questions such as: How can we increase the educational value of videos? For example, do students learn more if you ask them to summarize the videos they watch, or should we just give them summaries? What are other effective strategies? Given that many students of open online courses do not have English as their first language, how can we ensure that educational videos are not only available, but also accessible to students around the world?

In addition to his research on improving the educational quality of online videos, he is a vocal advocate of pre-registration, open science, and other efforts aimed at improving the quality of the scientific literature. You can follow him on Twitter at @Research_Tim and read his blog at