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The aim of the Welten Institute is to further education. To support it in its much-needed innovation and professionalisation activities. The best way to do that is through collaboration. The Welten Institute has chosen the approach of the 'ecology of education'.

This means that the institute is not only active in the field of theoretical scientific research but also collaborates with users in developing and implementing scientifically sound learning environments, forms of education and didactics. The research activities take into account the complexity of education and the use of the rapidly developing technologies play an important part in them. The underlying thought is that the contact between educational science and educational practice is of vital importance for good educational research and therefore for the improvement of educational quality.

Nevertheless the Welten Institute imposes on itself very stringent scientfic demands: the results of its scientific activities have to be validated, have to be susceptible to generalization and have to find their way into authoritative (national and international) publications.


Welten Institute integrates perspectives in carrying out scientific research of complex, practice-relevant issues in the ecology of education. Its research delivers ecologically valid and high-quality results through an integrated approach to issues that draw upon theories of learning and cognition, technology, new media, networking, and educators’ practices and behaviour. The objective of this research is the improvement of the quality of education and the professionalization of educators. To this end, WI contributes to the design and development of tools for learners and educators, as well as the growth of knowledge and expertise in the educational sciences and educational technology.

Research programme

The Welten Institute develops one research programme Learning and teaching in technology enhanced learning environments. Within this programme there are three areas of interest:

  • Fostering Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable Learning (FEEEL)
  • Technology enhanced learning environments for teaching and learning (TELI):
  • Teaching and teacher professionalization (TTP):

The areas of interest are led by three programme leaders: dr. Renate de Groot (FEEEL), prof. dr. Marcus Specht (TELI) and prof. dr. Rob Martens (T2). The coördinating professor of the institute is prof. dr. Marcus Specht.


The Welten Institute is part of the faculty Psychology and Educational Sciencies (PenOW).

The management team of the Welten Institute consists of: