The Health Psychology and Digital Interventions master employs a mix of educational methods, ranging from traditional lectures to problem-based techniques to assignments to be independently carried out in groups. Both problem-based (PBL) and project-based (PjBL) learning are educational approaches based on the idea that the student plays an active role in the learning process (student-centered education). It is not about lecturing in order to accomplish information transfer (as is the case in traditional educational systems), but rather about active participation of the students in small groups. So most of the time, it’s not the teacher who is explaining, but the students themselves.
These student-centered approaches stem from the constructivist vision on learning, which promotes deeper learning and learning by doing. The best way to deal with information is to actively construct knowledge instead of passively consuming it and to work around a solution to concrete problems or real-life scenarios.
In this programme we will employ elements from both approaches, mixed with some traditional teaching methods such as lectures and individual study. There will be a few collective lectures during which students listen to their lecturers. Team workgroups are at the core of a project-oriented PBL method. During the team work sessions students need to address real-life scenarios or problems tapping into multidisciplinary subjects. These are open-ended projects or problems with more than one approach or answer, in order to simulate real life professional situations. Students would have to search for information that they will discuss with their group, and work out a concrete solution over a few weeks time span. The students use their own knowledge and skills as a base to acquire new knowledge and refine their competences.
On average, there are twelve contact hours per week. This time is distributed over lectures, team workgroups and practical training. Students spend a large part of their time on self-study and addressing the problem or working on the project assignments, which can be done individually or in groups. Most students spend approximately 40 hours per week on their studies.
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