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.

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. 277 Euro per semester (in 2018) including a pass for busses (Semesterticket).
Language of instruction: German and English; language courses are part of the Master program.
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: 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

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 277€/semester (in 2018) 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 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.

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

Requirements: Language

Can I apply without any German or English language skills?

At the start of your master, your German language level needs to be at least A2, better B1, in order to reach the required level of C1 in time (CEFR). 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 possible to apply without the required German or English skill level. In that case, the acceptance would only be given provisionally with the condition of handing in a language certificate later, i.e. before the start of the first EduTech semester in October. If you are not able to hand in any certificate by then, your provisional acceptance will be withdrawn for this term.

 

Does the university offer German language courses?

It is 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. Here are more possibilities to find German courses at Saarland University.

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’s 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.

Do you accept TOEFL results? If yes, what is the minimal number of points?

Yes, 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 needs to be improved during your master studies. As you can read on our homepage, courses to enhance your language skills can be taken up to 12CP.

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 improve his language skill up to 6.5 during the master studies. Second, German as the second language needs to be on a similar level.

My previous studies were in English language – is that enough proof of my English skills?

For the application process, it is sufficient that you can prove that your previous studies were completed in English language. Please make this point very clear in your application. Remember, that by the end of your master’s in Educational Technology, you will have to prove level C1 in both English and German.

Local language certificates

If your language level was certified by a local and not so well-known course, please submit the certification along with an explanation to what level of the Common European Framework your level corresponds.

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.

Requirements: Previous studies in Education, Computer Sciences, Psychology or a related subject

Can I apply without programming skills?

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

I do not have an academic background in Education, Computer Sciences or Psychology. Is this a problem?

We can also accept candidates with bachelor’s degrees in other, related, disciplines. Make sure to give proof for all relevant experiences so far when applying. For being able to take you into account, you must fulfill all requirements. For instance, you would 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. If you are unsure, we recommend that you apply anyway, so we have the chance to check your application in detail and see if you basically fit considering all your experience and skills so far.

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 unsere Homepage nachlesen können.

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.

My bachelor grade is not that good. Do I have a chance?

For being accepted as EduTech master student, you need to pass certain requirements like English and German language skills and gain at least 50 Qualification Points (QP). These QP are calculated by the final Bachelor grade and other important experiences or skills, which applicants can have (for more information, please see our website). As long as you reach the minimum amount of 50 QP, it does not matter what your grade is; you can compensate a poor grade by having special skills and basically qualify for the master’s program. However, the final selection of master students depends on the number of QPs and with more QPs you have a higher chance to be accepted. Therefore, you should always try to maximize your QPs by sending proof of all relevant experiences.

What happens if I have less than 50 QP?

For being accepted into our master’s program, you must achieve at least 50 QP. You may be able to compensate a not so good Bachelor grade with other relevant skills or experiences, e.g. work as a student assistant etc. If you are unsure, we recommend that you apply anyway, so we have the chance to check your application in detail. It is very important to give proof for everything, for example certificates for relevant jobs you had.

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 Application and Enrolment Procedure Checklist. As you can see, along with your CV and bachelor’s degree certificate (with transcript of records), 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.

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

Application is only possible via the official Saarland University application platform. Please refer to the Application and Enrolment Procedure Checklist for revising all the important information. 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 guide in English.

What are Qualification Points?

Qualifications points (QP) are points you get for your qualifications. For instance, depending on your grade in your bachelor’s degree, you will get different amounts of QP for that. Previously gained Credit Points in courses like statistics or programming and relevant work experiences count up for the QP as well, as you can see on the table of the website. Altogether, you will need 50 QP to qualify for the EduTech master’s program.

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.

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. You only need to get (certified) translations if the documents are in any other language than German or English.

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?

Beim Motivationsschreiben würden wir gerne ein Bild davon erhalten, was Sie motiviert, genau unseren Master zu studieren. Inwiefern passt der EduTech Master zu Ihrem bisherigen Werdegang und Ihren Interessen? Welche weiteren Ziele könnten Sie sich nach dem Abschluss vorstellen? Ein bis zwei Seiten darüber, in freier Schriftform, reichen völlig aus.

Costs

What are the costs?

The EduTech M.Sc. is tuition free, however students need to pay the semester fee at Saarland University, currently 224€ / semester (year 2018).

Scholarships / funding

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 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, which in most cases should help with the scholarship application process.

I need a DAAD scholarship letter.

For having the possibility to give you a confirmation letter for DAAD, we would need all your application documents to check if you basically fit our master’s program. Please send them via e-mail. You can see what kind of documents are needed on the “How to apply?” page of our website.

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 Student Counselling Centre.

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?

English and German are course languages. The distribution English / German is about 50 / 50.

Kann ich mich mit EduTech-Studierenden austauschen, um ein besseres Bild zu erhalten?

Weitere Einblicke können Sie zum Beispiel auf unserer Homepage erhalten und sich dort zum Beispiel den Film anschauen, den wir mit den Mitarbeitern und Studierenden gedreht haben (http://edutech.uni-saarland.de/de/). 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.

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 üblichen zwei Fehlterminen). BL heißt Blended Learning, was meistens heißt, dass verschiedene 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 anwesend sein muss, aber auch online oder anderswie technisch Aufgaben bearbeitet werden müssen.

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.