Central Areas and Questions
PLATO aims at gaining an in-depth understanding about how learning in contemporary, multimedia learning environments takes place in order to forecast and influence successful learning on the Internet.

PLATO seeks to reveal the key medial, technological, linguistic, content-related, and didactic features and qualities of the online ‘information landscape’ that students and graduates use for learning in the age of (digital) information.

PLATO’s threefold approach focuses on:


Information Landscape

Which online sources do students use for learning ?
What are their key features and how do they affect online learning?

Online Learning

How do students learn using the Internet?
What processes do they follow?
How can warranted knowledge acquisition online be fostered?

Higher Education Outcomes

How are higher education learning outcomes affected by student learning on the Internet and online learning enviroments?

How can higher education account for changes in (online) learning behavior and foster high-quality learning with online media?