Living Education Lab
a multidisciplinary Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor

Living Education Lab commences in the academic year 2023-2024. The joint minor Living Education Lab combines the domains of design thinking and technology-enhanced learning and teaching with interdisciplinary group work. You are guided through your individual learning path towards skilled educational innovators and researchers who know their way in the worlds of Education, Technology and Design and are able to apply this knowledge in educational practice. In a multidisciplinary group, you will face real-life challenges you have to solve considering all important aspects of the three domains involved.

The joint minors are multidisciplinary and open to all students of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

holo If you want to explore the real power of technology in education, and develop some 21st century skills while doing so, come and join the new joint minor Living Education Lab.  As an interuniversity and interdisciplinary programme, we believe that working together with students from different scientific fields is key in bringing education and learning technology to the next level. 

This minor is a collaboration between Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam and is open to all bachelor students of these universities. 

This minor is organised by: ICLON Leiden, RISBOCLI and Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education & Learning



Reasons to choose a joint minor:

LDE1. Joint education by three top-class universities.
2. Important societal challenges and new solutions.
3. Educators and students from different academic fields.
4. Cases by companies, governments and NGOs.
5. Expand your network in Leiden, Den Haag, Delft and Rotterdam.

More joint minors

What are the key features of the multidisciplinary joint minors?

  • Admission requirements: Most joint minors are open to all students of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. A small number also require prior knowledge or involve a selection process.
  • Number of places: Although it varies according to the minor, between 40 and 90 students can participate (see the link below for numbers for each minor). A number of places are reserved for each university in order to ensure a balanced distribution from the different programmes.
  • Language: All joint minors are taught in English.
  • Credits: All minors have a coherent program of 30 EC. It is possible to only follow the first block of 15 EC.
  • Location: The lectures and seminars are held in one or more of the following cities: Leiden, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam. 
  • Applications: You apply for a joint minor via eduXchange.
  • Selection: Some joint minors are selection minors, which means you will need to write a motivation letter. Make sure you check the application date.


Lecturers about this minor

   'This minor really is a simulation of what professional life will look like’

farshida“Technology alone doesn’t solve anything,” says Farshida Zafar, director of ErasmusX and one of the initiators of the new minor. “It is just hardware and software. In the minor, students will learn to identify an educational problem, and to recognise whether technology may be part of the solution. Most importantly, they get apply design thinking to actual problems provided by LDE teaching staff.”

You may have always had an interest in the complexity of the human learning experience and a passion for technology. Or, perhaps, over the past two years some EdTech solutions really ticked you off, and now you want to put your own ideas to the test. Zafar: “No matter what, if you are ready for some creative, hands-on design experience, this is the minor for you!” Read more

spechtAll practical work, and there’s a lot of that, will be thoroughly grounded in educational theory and pedagogical approaches. “How does the brain work, how do people solve problems,” says Marcus Specht, director of the LDE Centre for Education and Learning (LDE-CEL). “Only by considering how people learn can you design effective solutions that support them in reaching their goals.”

   'The students must understand the potential use and limitations to be able to pick the appropriate educational technology for enhancing a specific learning component.'

And then there is the technology itself: be it data analytics used to track progress and provide feedback, virtualisation technology for augmented reality and educational games, or mobile technology for goal setting and accessing information anywhere. “The students must understand the potential use and limitations to be able to pick the appropriate educational technology for enhancing a specific learning component.”

Having an interest in education is a prerequisite, but the minor is open to students from social sciences and technical studies alike. Specht: “They’ll be working in multidisciplinary teams. We want them to realise that education is a domain where you cannot solve the core problems taking only a single perspective. Read more

Read more about this new minor at the website of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning