GoPro Learning Communities: Connecting learning at school and learning at the workplace


There is an urgent need for engineers to help achieving the energy transition goals. The influx of qualified, skilled engineers is by far not enough to fill this need. Therefore, the effectivity, efficiency and adaptivity of vocational education need to be improved. An important bottleneck is the lack of integration between learning at school (theory) and the learning at the workplace (practice). Technology can help to bridge this gap and organize the teachers at school, the supervisors at the workplace, and the students in such a way that they form an effective learning community. GoPro action cameras will be used by students who record their own task performance and comment on it. This video footage helps teachers and supervisors to share their knowledge and experiences, to help the student integrate theory and practice, even when the teacher and supervisor are in different places, and help the students to become skilled, reflective, self-regulated, lifelong learners and workers. This project aims at developing and implementing evidence-based training instructions, materials, and methods, that can be directly applied in the learning communities. The research components in this project aim at assessing, supporting and enhancing the effectiveness of the methods and materials. The effects will be investigated in schools and field settings, which contributes to a strong ecological validity of the research. The instructions, guidelines, methods, and materials will be made available to education and the industry, also after the project has been completed.


Project number


Main applicant

Dr. B.J. Kollöffel

Affiliated with

Universiteit Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS), Department of Educational Science


01/04/2020 to 31/03/2023