EduTech M.Sc.


Clickers.jpgDuring your study in the Educational Technology (EduTech) Master program, you will get to know prominent theories of learning and instruction and learn how to design educational technology. Together, we aim to create a friendly and competent environment that offers plenty of opportunities to advance your knowledge in both, online and face-to-face technology-enhanced learning scenarios. GroupNameWriting2.pngWe emphasize interactive, learner-centered approaches to learning and instruction as well as dialogue and argumentation in a community of learners from around the globe. You will work on projects together with your fellow students in interdisciplinary groups, bringing in your knowledge and learning from others.IMG_4772_klein.jpg Your projects will be relevant to the actual research taking place in our research group, where you can contribute to investigating computer-supported collaborative learning with the use of different technologies, from standard personal computers, to interactive tabletops, to online learning platforms, tablets and social networks. The EduTech Master offers studies for students with a bachelor degree in Computer Science, Education, or Psychology. From 2019 on, the previously bilingual program (English/German) will be taught entirely in English. We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers with international and interdisciplinary experience in educational technology. We will support you in learning and engaging in this cutting-edge field. Further descriptions of the EduTech Master can be found also on the official website of Saarland University.

Overview

University: Saarland University; Campus C5 4, 66123 Saarbrücken
Degree: Master of Science in Educational Technology
Program start: Winter semester only
Standard period of study: 4 semesters
Tuition: The Saarland University charges a tuition fee of ca. 283€ per semester (in 2019) including a pass for busses (Semesterticket).
Language of instruction: English
Required entry qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Education, or Psychology
Activity types: Course work (lectures, seminars, classes in small groups, colloquia), research projects, and a master’s thesis.
Internships: An internship (max. 180 hours / 6 CP) is possible.
Supportive Environment: General and academic advising is provided by the coordinator and the program’s instructors.
Additional tutoring is provided for specific courses.
How to apply: Online application, available in June of each year.
Application deadline: Application deadline for German and international students: July 15 of each year.
City of Saarbruecken: Information about Saarbrücken: www.saarbruecken.de
Contact: Contact us at edutech@mx.uni-saarland.de

Concept

EduTech is interdisciplinary. It crosses and redefines the boundaries between the Learning Sciences and Computer Sciences. It bridges the theoretical and technical knowledge on computer systems with the knowledge on socio-cognitive aspects of learning to create technologies that can afford new socio-cognitive learning experiences.

Disciplines around EduTech


Current Research Foci

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  • Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Collaboration Scripts for the Orchestration of Learning Activities
  • Multitouch Surfaces (Tablets, Interactive Tabletops) 20090027.jpg
  • Learning in Web 2.0 (Facebook, YouTube)
  • Adaptive Educational Technology, e.g. Automated Feedback in TEL
  • Audience Response Systems and Social Learning Platforms for Large Lectures
  • Computational Thinking
  • Learning in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Future Perspectives

Graduates of the EduTech Master can choose, for example, a career in educational research, can become developers of digital media, can work in an e-Learning firm, can work as educational designers for specialized workplace computer courses, as creators of online educational materials, or as educational advisors for educational institutions. An alumni study of 2018 shows that more than 90% of alumni find a job within the domain of Educational Technology in the first months after graduating. Almost a third of our alumni go on to do a PhD in the field.


Modules and Workload

During the four semesters of the Master Program of EduTech, you will complete 120 Credit Points (CP) based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One CP is credited for a 30h workload. The program consists of compulsory and elective modules.
Detailed descriptions of the modules can be found in our new modules overview (2019) (preliminary version; might still be subject to minor changes). The old modules overview (version of 2013) can be found here.


Administrative Details

Credit Points and Exams

Please see our new modules overview (2019) (preliminary version; might still be subject to minor changes) for a summary of information on:

  • the distribution of credit points to courses within one module
  • the workload in terms of semester periods per week (SWS)
  • whether the courses takes place in the winter semester (WS) or the summer semester (SS)
  • the type of exam for each of the courses/modules and
  • the maximum number of credit points that can be recognized for each student in each module

For more formal information on the legal aspects of studying, you can have a look at the study conditions provided by the Official Bulletin of the University. To help organizing your studies, you can consult the study plan samples. The updated documents (relevant from 2019 on) will be uploaded here as soon as they become official [links coming soon].

The old (version of 2013) modules overview, study conditions and study plan samples documents can be found here: Modules overview (2013), study conditions (2013), study plan samples (2013).

Costs and grant opportunities

The EduTech Master is tuition free! There is a student fee that costs around 283€/semester (in 2019) and gives you the opportunity to use the public transport all over Saarland, as well as get several discounts, e.g. for cultural events.

Regarding scholarships, you can look into StudienStiftungSaar or DAAD. For more information, you may want to ask the International Office, or the Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB).

Internship

During the EduTech Master, you can do an internship for a maximum of 180h. This has to be approved in advance either by the faculty director of studies or by the examination board. The internship can be completed abroad. A certificate issued by the internship host (without a grade) has to be submitted as proof of the completion of the internship. The certificate must be accompanied by a report on the internship. A maximum of 6 CP (1 CP corresponds to 30h of internship) will be credited for the internship, which can be recognized as a free-choice course.

Study Abroad

We recommend a study abroad for all the students of the EduTech Master. The study should take place in the second or third semester of the study in a higher-education institution abroad. Students should let themselves be advised on the practical issues of the study abroad and should clarify the recognition of the studies abroad in advance (Learning Agreement). Courses and exams that were carried out abroad will be recognized only if their equivalence is clarified. Courses and exams are considered equivalent if the time and the workload associated with the content, complexity and challenge of the courses and the exam correspond to the ones offered in the EduTech Master. This does not include a one-to-one correspondence, but an overall comparison and evaluation.

The International Office and the faculty director of studies can inform you on possible study and exchange programs, grants and formal issues. Due to long application processes at universities abroad and for grants, you must typically register for a study a year before the beginning of your studies abroad. The department of EduTech maintains exchanges e.g. with the University of Oulu, Finland.

Graduation

Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis module includes the master’s thesis and the seminar that supports students throughout working on their thesis. The aim is to help students deepen their knowledge in planning, carrying out and evaluating empirical studies. At the same time, students learn to compose a piece of scientific work formally and using appropriate scientific language within a limited amount of time. In the master’s seminar, students acquire skills in presenting and composing their master’s thesis, as well as knowledge on the specific topic of individual theses. We encourage you to start planning your Master’s Thesis early and no later than in the third semester of your studies. Please contact us for finding an interesting topic together as we issue the respective thesis’ topic.

Topic
IMG_4777_klein.jpg Students independently, but with adequate supervision, work on a scientific problem in the area of educational technology using standard methods in the field. The supervision will partly take place in the master’s seminar, where students present and discuss their work progress, and get feedback on methodological, formal and topic-specific issues regarding their thesis.

Master’s Certificate
Upon successful completion of the EduTech Master program each graduate is awarded the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.).


How to apply

From years 2019 on, updates regarding the study program and the application process will come into effect.

Here are the application requirements starting from 2019 on:

  • You will need a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in one of these subjects: Computer Science / Programming / Engineering, Education / Pedagogy, or Psychology. The final grade of the degree needs to be 3.0 or better (according to the German grading system; you can convert your grade using the Bayerische Formel: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayerische_Formel). Provided that there are spaces available and that the applicant has an excellent final grade (1.5 or better), bachelor’s degrees in other (but still EduTech-relevant) fields may be accepted. For the application, please submit your degree certificate along with a transcript of the courses you completed.
  • Motivation letter: We expect you to elaborate on your motivation to study EduTech. Please write a letter (one page) focusing on these key topics:
    • Describe potential prior knowledge and experiences with research methods and/or programming
    • Why do you want to study EduTech? What do you expect from this program?
    • Critically reflect on your prior experiences with designing learning environments and using technologies for teaching and learning.
  • In addition, proof of English language skills of at least level B2 (CEFR) is required.

In case that the required bachelor’s degree cannot be proven yet at the time of the application (for example, when you are about to complete the degree, but are waiting for your final certificate), you will have to give proof of your study progressso far (transcript of recordswith temporary grade) and further, give proof that you are registered for all missing exams. This proof needs to be signed and stamped by your university’s examination office. The final documents then need to be handed in until the end of the first semester the latest.

The official application period for the upcoming winter semester starts every year in the beginning of June and ends on July 15. All applicants please use the official application form.
 To help you submit your application, we created this checklist and step-by-step description for navigating the application form.
More information can also be found on the application and enrolment page of the University.

FAQ

Requirements: Language

Can I apply without sufficient English language skills?

We expect level B2 (CEFR) at the time of your application. As all the teaching and course work will be in English, sufficient English skills are a basic requirement. You can prove your English skills with a formal language certificate (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, …). Other than that, we also acknowledge sufficient English skills if you can show that you completed your school education or Bachelor’s degree in English language, or if you studied English as a foreign language until receiving your university entrance qualification certificate (in Germany: Abiturzeugnis). Either way, you will need to send an official letter or certificate attesting your skill level.

Requirements: Previous studies in Computer Science (or Programming / Engineering), or Education (or Pedagogy / Learning Sciences), or Psychology

My background is not in one of these fields

Provided that there are spaces available and that you have an excellent final grade (1.5 or better), bachelor’s degrees in other (but still EduTech-relevant) fields may be accepted.

Can I apply without programming skills?

Learning programming is part of the master’s program, so you will not have to do anything in advance. Most of our students who participate in our beginners’ programming course start with no knowledge at all.

Requirements: Other

Are there any other requirements to the participants from outside the EU?

(Prospective) students from outside Germany are treated as international students and they are normally enrolled at Saarland University. Additionally, they can get support from the International Office of Saarland University. The application process is the same for national and international students. Depending on where you come from, you may need to apply for a visa early on.

Application documents and process

What documents do I need to upload when I apply?

You can check which kind of documents are needed by consulting our checklist.

I want to apply. Can I apply at any time?

Application is only possible via the official Saarland University application platform. The official application period for the winter term every year starts in June and ends on July 15 th. Applications can – only at that time – be submitted through the online enrolment platform from Saarland University. All instructions are in German, if you have trouble with understanding them, please use our step-by-step guide in English.

How long does it take for the results of application?

It will take presumably until the end of July or middle of August to have the results of the applications. You will receive an official admission / rejection letter from Saarland University.

Do I need translations for my application documents?

We can accept the documents in English or German. Also a mixture of German and English documents is possible. For any other language, you need to provide certified translations along with scans of the original documents.

Costs

What are the costs?

The EduTech M.Sc. is tuition free, however students need to pay the semester fee at Saarland University, currently 283€ / semester (year 2019).

Scholarships / funding

I want to apply for a scholarship (e.g., DAAD) and need a confirmation letter.

Unfortunately, we cannot give confirmation letters outside the official application period. We can only offer to give you an unofficial letter stating that you would possibly fit our master’s program if you applied next year. For this, we would need all your application documents for evaluating them and in case that you seem to be a good match for our study program, we would certify that for you. Please send your documents via e-mail to edutech@mx.uni-saarland.de

Does Saarland University offer scholarships, “Co-Op schemes” or student loans for international students?

In general, there are scholarships. The biggest scholarship program is being offered from DAAD for all of Germany. For more information, you may want to ask the International Office, or the Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB).

PhD studies

Is it possible to do doctoral studies?

There may be the chance of doctoral studies after completing your EduTech M.Sc. This would have to be clarified personally with the Prof. Armin Weinberger in a face to face appointment. However, there is no “extra” M.Sc. program leading to a guaranteed PhD position.

Studying the EduTech master

In what language are the courses taught?

From year 2019 on, all courses will be taught in English.

Accomodation

Where can I find information about accommodation?

As for the accommodation, there are, for example, the following websites for searching: the official page of the Studentenwerk Saarland, offering university housing. For private flats or flat sharing, you can search on these websites: studenten-wg and wg-gesucht. It is highly recommended that you search for accommodation in time as offers are rare, especially around October when winter term starts and all new students move to Saarbrücken!

Visa

Visa processes take longer than expected. Is that a problem? When do courses start and when do I ultimately have to be in Germany?

It is known that many visa procedures take more time than planned. This is no problem, as long as you do not miss more than two meetings of the courses you want to attend. So, if you do not make it in time, there is no direct punishment, but you have to plan your courses very well and be well organized for not having negative consequences. The winter semester usually starts mid-October. Here, you find the exact dates for every semester (look out for “Beginn der Lehrveranstaltungen”). Course registration takes place online. If you follow this link and type in the information you get after enrollment, you can search for your courses and register then.

Work

Can I work as a student assistant?

Sometimes, there are student assistant positions available, but it is difficult to arrange this in advance. In case that you will be accepted into the EduTech master’s program, you can apply directly to Prof. Armin Weinberger.