I am Frank and I am passionate about understanding and improving education. I live this passion both in my role as researcher, as teacher, and more broadly in my role as academic.
As researcher, I focus on integrating insights from cognitive neuroscience, game design, and educational psychology into models and the design of learning. For the models and much of the experimental work, the PhD-students and I study vocabulary acquisition, as it is a concrete and testable domain, aiming to generalize lessons to other domains. The design of learning focusses on concrete methods to acquire new knowledge and on design principles for effective and motivating learning and teaching (i.e. “Learning Experience Design”).
As teacher, I wholeheartedly teach in the Artificial Intelligence program, focussing on the acquisition of academic, professional and personal skills. I put much emphasis on making students feel that they matter as an individual, invoking a higher sense of meaning and facilitating a clear sense of progress. Because that is what learning and university should be about: about improving towards your goal, rather than continuously having to prove yourself. That requires vulnerability on both the teacher and student side, which I try to give a consistent place in my teaching.
More broadly, I contribute to the improvement of education as “trailblazer” teacher professionalisation of the Radboud Teaching and Learning Centre. Also outside university, I give talks and workshops on neuroeducation, gamification and motivation to stimulate better education on all levels.
Personally, I am married, live in Arnhem, have a crazily happy daughter of 2 years old, and in my free time love to play games with friends, digitally or physically, read books and go for a run.