Edutech Master


Clickers.jpgDuring your study in the Educational Technology (EduTech) Master program you get to know prominent learning theories and learn how to design educational technology. In a friendly and competent environment, you have the opportunity to learn in online and blended learning sessions as well as in classrooms with the latest technologies.GroupNameWriting2.pngWe emphasize interactive, learner-centered approaches to learning and instruction. You will work on projects together with your fellow students in interdisciplinary groups, bringing in your knowledge and learning from others.IMG_4772_klein.jpgThe projects will be relevant to the actual research taking place in our research group, where you can contribute in investigating computer-supported collaborative learning with the use of different technologies, from standard personal computers, to interactive tabletops, to online learning platforms, iPads and social networks. In that context, you will take part in shaping your projects and pursuing your own research questions.

The EduTech Master offers bilingual studies (English & German) for Psychology, Education and Computer Science BAs.

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.

A German description 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. 200 Euro per semester including a pass for busses (Semesterticket).
Language of instruction: German and English; language courses are part of the Master program.
Half of the Master program can be studied in English from day one.
The Master program can be combined with other programs
For further language-related and other questions, please contact us at edutech@mx.uni-saarland.de
Required entry qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education, Computer Sciences or a related discipline.
Knowledge in Learning Sciences and scientific research methods (including statistics) or knowledge in programming.
Activity types: Course work (lectures, seminars, classes in small groups, colloquia), research projects, and a master’s thesis.
Internships: A 4-week internship (max. 180 hours) 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 May of each year.
Application deadline: Application deadline for international students: July 15 of each year.
Application deadline for German students: July 15 of each year.
City of Saarbruecken: Information about Saarbrücken: www.saarbruecken.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 Learing
  • Collaboration Scripts for the Orchestration of Learning Activities
  • Multitouch Surfaces (iPads & Tablet PCs, 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

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 specialised workplace computer courses, as creators of online educational materials, or as educational advisors for educational institutions.


Modules

Workload

During the four semsters of the Master Program of EduTech 120 Credit Points (CP) based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) are available. 1 CP is credited for a 30h workload.
It is divided into three different sections:

  1. Obligatory: The students should perform four partial module exams. 40 CP can be obtained in the respective courses. The master’s thesis in the last semester is credited with 31 CP.
  2. Compulsory: The students should engage in either “programming” or ” research methods” based on their prior education. This module is credited with 16 CP.
  3. Free choice: The students should complete one partial module exam or single courses based on their prerequisites for admission; 110 ECTS credits can be obtained in the respective courses.

Modules Overview

For a complete description of the modules in German, please download the modules overview.

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Collaborators

We offer the possibility for internationally-oriented and interdisciplinary studies.

Our collaborators include:


Administrative Details

Tuition

The EduTech Master is tuition free!

Students who want to improve their language skills through intensive courses will need to pay the small costs (for more information check the Language Center of the University, German website). Regular language courses are free.

There is a student fee that costs around 200 Euro and gives you the opportunity to use the public transport all over Saarland, as well as get several discounts, e.g for cultural events.

The Fördinant grant (German website) is available to some of our students to cover some living expences.

The International Office, is a special institute dedicated to helping out international students. Here you can also find out about further grant posibilities. The International Office also informs the students of Saarland University about terms abroad. The department of EduTech maintains exchanges e.g. with Oulu, Finland.

Revise the study conditions (in German) provided by the Official Bulletin of the University for more formal information on the legal aspects of studying.

You can consult these study plan samples (in German) which can help you organise your study depending on your background (Learning Sciences or Computer Sciences).

Credit Points and Exams

Please see Module Description (in German) for a summary of information on:

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

Internship

During the EduTech Master, you can make an internship for a maximum of 180h. This has to be approved in advance either by the facutly 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 offerred 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 programmes, 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.

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.

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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 Thesis Requirements

To officially register for embarking on the master’s thesis, students must have successfully completed the obligatory modules ‘EduTech I’ and ‘EduTech II’, as well as provide sufficient proof on the successful completion of, normally, one of the compulsory modules ‘Programming’ or ‘Research Methods’. Consult the Exam Requirements for Master’s thesis for the exact requirements.

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

The official deadline of applications for winter semester is the 15th of July (every year). All applicants please use the official application form.

For more German information check the Application and Enrolment page of the University.

We now have a new instruction, mostly for international students, where every important step of the application process is explained. Please have a Step-by-step guide for appliying through the online platform and a checklist of the documents you will need.

In addition to the official online-application you have to submit a motivational letter.

The Department of Educational Technology welcomes applications from German and international candidates with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Education, Computer Science or related fields with a proof of fluency in English and German (C1 (GER) after the 1st or 2nd semester). Courses to enhance your language skills can be taken up to 12CP.

All students with a bachelor’s degree in Computer science, Psychology or Education can apply for the Master of Educational Technology. In exceptional cases other bachelor’s degrees could be accepted.

To be accepted for the EduTech Master program you have to reach 50 qualification-points.
This table shows how many qualification-points you get for your bachelor’s grade.

grade

q-points

grade

q-points

grade

q-points

1,0

52

2,0

32

3,0

12

1,1

50

2,1

30

3,1

10

1,2

48

2,2

28

3,2

8

1,3

46

2,3

26

3,3

6

1,4

44

2,4

24

3,4

5

1,5

42

2,5

22

3,5

4

1,6

40

2,6

20

3,6

3

1,7

38

2,7

18

3,7

2

1,8

36

2,8

16

3,8

1

1,9

34

2,9

14

> 3,9

0

In addition you can receive more q-points for following qualifications:

Additional qualifications

q-points

15 credit points (CP) courses in statistics and
research methods

36

15 CP for programming courses

36

15 CP for courses
in the field Education, Psychology, Media Psychology, Media Education, or Computer Science

20

Documentary proof for professional experience
and/or apprenticeship in the field of Educational Technology

10

Documentary
proof for an internship in the field of Educational Technology

4

Documentary proof for 200 hours work as a
student assistant

4


FAQ

Does the university offer courses for students who want to learn the German language? And which is the cost?

You’d have to start with a level of at least A2 in German in order to reach the required level of C1 in time. Any kind of certification which proves your language skill level is accepted, for instance, if you take the cost-free language test of the language center of Saarland University. It is also possible to take up language courses at the Saarland University, however, we do not offer a preparation term or the like. As you can read on our homepage, courses to enhance your language skills can be taken up to 12CP. There are intensive language courses during semester breaks and language courses during the semester in Saarbrücken, if you are interested in moving here early. E.g., there is the International Office which offers German courses. You can also check all the German language courses and programs available at Saarland University.

What documents do I need to upload when I apply?

You can check which kind of documents are needed by consulting our Application and Enrolment Procedure Checklist. As you can see, along with your CV and certificate with transcript of records for your Bachelor degree, you need a motivational letter as well as your German and English language proof documents, and if you have, any other completed degree certificates and attestations for all of your apprenticeships and job experiences.

What are the costs?

The EduTech M.Sc. is tuition free, however students need to pay the semester fees at Saarland University, about 200€ per semester.

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

Application is only possible via official Saarland University application platform. In the Application and Enrolment Procedure Checklist you can read about all the important information. The official application period for next winter term starts in June, ending on July 15th. Applications can – only at that time – be sent through the Online application form for Master’s degree programmes portal. All instructions are in German, if you have trouble with understanding them, please use our step by step guide.

I want to apply for a scholarship and need a confirmation letter.

Unfortunately, we cannot give confirmation letters outside the official application period. We can only offer you to give out an unofficial letter stating that you would possibly fit our Master course if you applied next year. But 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 you that, which in most cases should help with the scholarship application process.

Can I apply without programming or language (German or English) skills?

Learning programming is part of the Master program, so you won’t have to do anything in advance. Most of our students who participate in our beginner-programming-courses start with no knowledge at all. Concerning the language: You’d have to start with a level of at least A2 or, better, B1, in order to reach the required level of C1 in time. Any kind of certification which proves your language skill level is accepted. It is possible to apply without the required German or English skill level, but then you will not get ultimately accepted. The acceptance would only be given provisionally with the condition of handing in a language certificate later, i.e. before the start of winter term in October. If you are not able to hand in any certificate then, you will be rejected for this term.

Are there preparatory language courses so that I can concentrate only on learning German / English before starting the M.Sc.?

We have no preparatory courses which are offered before the start of the EduTech Master program. There are intensive language courses during semester breaks and language courses during the semester in Saarbrücken, if you are interested in moving here early, but this needs to be organized completely by yourself. E.g., there is the International Office which offers German courses. Here are more possibilities to find German courses at Saarland University.

What are Qualification Points?

Qualifications points (QP) are points you get for your qualifications. If you, for instance, had a Bachelor degree of 1,3 you get 46 QP. Some courses like Statistics or Programming count up for the QP, as well, as you can see on the table of the website. You need 50 altogether for being accepted as applicant.

Is it possible to make doctoral studies?

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

I do not have any academic background in Education. Is this a problem?

We can also accept candidates with BSc of other disciplines. Make sure to give proof for all your experience so far when applying. For being able to take you into account, you must fulfill all requirements. For instance, you’d have to have German language skills, and reach the 50 Qualification Points. Please check on our website what other requirements could be problematic besides the academic qualifications. Whether you gain the impression that you fit perfectly or that something may be missing or unclear, I would recommend you to apply anyway. Then we have the possibility to check your application in detail and see if you basically fit considering all your experience and skills so far.

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 Germany. For more information, you may want to ask the International Office, or the Central Advisory Service.

I read that there is English as course language too. Is it correct?

English is course language, too, the amount is about 50% English (the other 50% are in German).

Do you accept TOEFL results? If yes, what is the minimal point?

Yes, of course we accept TOEFL results as well as any other document which states your language skill level both in German and English. Minimal points for TOEFL would be around 50, which represents a skill level at approximately A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Of course, this level would have to be improved during study course. As you can read on our homepage, courses to enhance your language skills can be taken up to 12CP.

My bachelor grades are not that good. Do I have a chance?

For being accepted in our M.Sc. course, you need to pass certain requirements like English and German language skills as well as a certain amount of Qualification Points (QP). This QP are calculated by the final Bachelor grade and some important experiences or skills, which applicants can have (for more information, please see our How to Apply? section). As long as you can reach the acquired amount of QP, it does not matter what your grade is; i.e., you can compensate a poor grade by having special skills.

Where can I find information about accommodation?

As for the accommodation, I would recommend you 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 very necessary 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 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 2 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. First courses start approximately on or after 13th of October. For course registration, enter the online platform (LSF) and type in the information you get after enrollment. Then you can search for your courses and register to them.

As I can see to be accepted for the EduTech Master’s programme except from the TestDaf and many other requirements I must obtain 50 QP. In case that I obtain 35 QP, am I allowed to apply for the Master programme or will my application be rejected immediately?

It is inevitable that you achieve 50 QP. It does not matter how you do so, i.e., if your Bachelor grade is not sufficient, you can take in every other achievement so far like work as a student assistant etc. I would recommend trying and applying anyway, maybe there are some things you oversee that can be taken into account. But it is important to give proof for everything e.g. by job references.

Do you accept students with IELTS score of 6.0?

Yes, we would in principle accept students with an IELTS score of 6.0, however there are at least two restrictions. First, the student needs to further his language skill up to 6.5. Second, German as the second language needs to be on a similar level.

I want a DAAD scholarship letter.

For having the possibility to give you a confirmation letter for DAAD, I would need all your application documents to check if you basically fit our study course. Please send them via e-mail. You can see what kind of documents are needed on our website.

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. If any document is missing, we will contact you before that date. If not, you will get official admission / rejection letter from Saarland University and an e-mail from the study coordinator after all applicants’ documents have been checked.

Wie stehen die Chancen, angenommen zu werden?

Die Chancen für die Zulassung kann man nicht genau vorhersagen. Wir rechnen normalerweise damit, dass mit einem guten Bachelor-Zeugnis und der Erfüllung aller Anforderungen kein Problem bei der Annahme bestehen sollte. Jedoch kann man nie sagen, wie viele Personen sich bewerben werden, wodurch die Chancen auf einen Platz geringer werden.

Was ist das Motivationsschreiben und Portfolio?

Beim Motivationsschreiben geht es nur darum, dass wir ein Bild davon erhalten, warum sie motiviert sind, genau unseren Master zu studieren, was Sie sich für weitere Pläne nach dem Abschluss vorstellen können oder was sie dazu antreibt, dieses Studium zu wählen. Ein bis zwei Seiten darüber, in freier Schriftform, reichen völlig aus. Das Portfolio können Sie sich wie einen Lebenslauf vorstellen, der aufzeigt, welche Stationen Sie dazu führten, dass unser Master zu Ihnen passt und welche Voraussetzungen dafür Sie schon mitbringen, zusätzlich natürlich Nachweise für alle absolvierten Abschlüsse, Anstellungen, Praktika u.ä.

Kann ich mich mit Studenten austauschen, um ein besseres Bild zu erhalten?

Vielleicht waren Sie schon auf unserer Homepage und haben sich die Filme angeschaut, die wir mit den Mitarbeitern und Studierenden gedreht haben. Diese sollten, zusätzlich zum Fließtext, recht aufschlussreich sein. Es besteht auch prinzipiell die Möglichkeit, dass Sie sich Seminare unseres Stundenplans aussuchen und sich einfach mal mit reinsetzen, solange dies mit den Dozenten abgesprochen ist. Dort gäbe es auch die Möglichkeit, mit den derzeitigen Studenten in direkten Kontakt zu treten.

Welchem Sprachlevel entspricht ein Abitur in Englisch?

Ein Abitur in Englisch sollte ausreichend zur Erfüllung der Voraussetzungen für EduTech sein, es könnte aber nötig sein, dass Sie noch einen (kostenfreien) Sprachtest am Sprachenzentrum der Universität des Saarlandes machen müssen, um etwaige zukünftige Englisch-Kurse abzuklären. Es gibt auch bis zu 12 CP für Sprachkurse einzuholen.

Kann ich meine Englischkenntnisse nachweisen, auch wenn ich keinen C1-Kurs belegt habe?

Es ist ausreichend, wenn Sie Englisch im Abitur hatten oder zu / vor Beginn des Semesters z.B. einen Einstufungstest am Sprachenzentrum Saarbrücken ablegen. Der Gedanke dahinter ist, dass viele unserer Veranstaltungen in Englisch gehalten werden und auch wissenschaftliche Literatur auf Englisch ist. So gut sollte Ihr Englisch also realistisch gesehen auch sein. Falls der Test besagt, dass Sie z.B. nur Anfängerkenntnisse besitzen, müsste man diese im Laufe des Studiums noch ausbauen. Die CP dafür könnten Sie sich jedoch auch als Studienleistung (bis 12 CP) anrechnen lassen.

Ich studiere Lehramt auf Staatsexamen, würde aber gerne den Master in EduTech machen. Ist das möglich?

Prinzipiell können Sie mit Ihrer Vorbildung bei uns studieren, falls Sie die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen erfüllen, die Sie auf unserer Homepage nachlesen können.

Was sind PS/HS/BL?

Proseminar oder PS (=Kurs aus grundständigen Studiengang) und Hauptseminar oder HS (=Kurs aus Master-Studiengang) heißt in der Regel, dass eine ganz normale Anwesenheitspflicht für den gesamten Semesterzeitraum besteht (mit den normalen 3 Fehlterminen). BL heißt Blended Learning, was meistens heißt, dass verschieden Aufgaben oder Sitzungen online oder unter Zuhilfenahme bestimmter Technologien stattfinden. Wenn manchmal mehrere Angaben gemacht werden, dann kann es sein, dass auch mehreres Anwendung findet, man also da sein muss, aber auch online oder anderswie technisch Aufgaben bearbeitet werden müssen.