Dr. Ton de Jong visited Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and gave a talk on "Online Labs in Science Education; How Engaged Learning is the Future", on Februay 15, 2018
Active learning is currently getting much attention because it engages students and also has proven to be a very effective form of science learning. Inquiry learning with online laboratories fits very well with this approach of active learning. In this presentation, Dr. Ton de Jong focused on the advantages of learning with online laboratories and discussed the inquiry processes of students and how these could be actively supported by technological means in the form of focused, flexible, and adaptive online scaffolds. An introduction was given to the Go-Lab sharing platform, including a federation of online labs. He gave a tour along all the facilities of the Go-Lab ecosystem including its scaffolds and gave a (hands-on) experience of how to create a scaffolded learning environment (Inquiry Learning Space) based on an online science lab with the Go-Lab authoring platform. Empirical work assessing the effectiveness of online labs and scaffolds were also presented.
During his visit Dr. Ton de Jong met with Dr. Shanthi Nair, Dr. Prema Nedungadi, Prof. Kamal Bijlani, and other facilities of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Amritapuri campus and Kochi campus
Dr. Ton de Jong studied cognitive psychology at the University of Amsterdam and received a PhD in technological science from the Eindhoven University of Technology on the topic ‘problem solving and knowledge representation in physics for novice students’.
Currently he is full professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences where he acts as department head of the department Instructional Technology and of the department of Educational Sciences. In 2001/2002 he has also been (part-time) full professor at the Institute for Knowledge Media at the University of Tübingen (Germany). He has also worked for the Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Amsterdam. Ton de Jong is dean of education for the Educational Science and Technology programme. At the moment he is coordinator of the 7th framework project Go-Lab.
He is (co-)author of over 100 journal papers and over 80 book chapters and was the editor of three books. He has three publications in Science. For more information, please visit