One or more PhD stipend(s) in combining Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and flipped classroom with game-based learning (7-18081)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University Copenhagen, one or more PhD stipend(s) are available within the general research programme Media, Architecture & Design. The stipend(s) in combining Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and flipped classroom with game-based learning is open for appointment for a 3-year period from February 1 2019 or soonest thereafter.

Job description

The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology has as its goal the development of an innovative cluster of engineering-based environments for education and research which integrate creativity, engineering and technology within the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, digital design and interactive media. The department is a leading research and educational environment in Denmark that addresses the challenge of the interplay between creativity and technology, and develops new areas in research and education directed towards the end-user.

The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, section of Copenhagen, performs research in Virtual Reality and Multimodal Interaction, Light Design, Service Design and Sound and Music Computing, with applications in entertainment, education, health and rehabilitation.

The position:

The PhD position(s) are related to the “FLIP2G: Enhancing education and training through data-driven adaptable games in flipped classrooms” Erasmus+ project. This project brings together three universities (Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Macedonia  (Greece), Northumbria University (UK)), two private companies (Artelnics (Spain) and Nurogames (Germany)), and two partner schools (Mantoulides (Greece) and Revheim School (Norway)) with the aim to boost skills development and introduce novel, data-driven approaches to education and training. The consolidation of all efforts will provide a transnational set of results, as follows:

  • A new pedagogical method that combines PBL and flipped classroom with game-based learning.
  • A simulation-based serious game that supports PBL-enhanced flipped classroom processes, adaptive pathways and educational data recording.
  • Learning designs for higher education, schools and business that support the FLIP2G paradigm.
  • Learning analytics features that produce informative insights on learning process.

The above results aim to produce engaging pedagogical models and novel technologies that can foster motivation, generate adaptive learning pathways, and allow self-directed learning in education and training.

The concrete PhD project should construct a learning model that will visualize how flipped classrooms should be applied in multiple sectors by:

  • Identifying the features of the flipped classroom approach that support transversal and entrepreneurship skills Development.
  • Including the elements of the PBL pedagogy that can enrich the traditional flipped classroom model towards in depth knowledge acquisition and transversal skills development.
  • Including game-based and adaptive learning elements.

This model will be further evaluated in trial pilots, which will take place at the department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

It is expected that the candidate(s) will work on an independent project supervised by Professor Stefania Serafin, Associate Professor Olga Timcenko, and Assistant Professor Evangelia Triantafyllou. The appointed candidate(s) will benefit from the combined expertise within the FLIP2G consortium, and are expected to carry out one or more short term scientific missions to the other partners.

Applicants should have a master degree within Technology Enhanced Learning, or equivalent and competence within one or more relevant areas of research such as the flipped classroom instruction model, game-based learning, PBL, and adaptive learning.


  • A master’s degree in Technology Enhanced Learning, ICT and Learning, Medialogy, Computer Science or similarly related fields that offer a solid foundation for further research into the area of game-based learning and the flipped classroom model. The applicant(s) are required to document that the degree corresponds to the profile for the post. The final degree needs to be confirmed by the time of appointment.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The applicant(s) estimated academic and personal ability to complete the proposed project within the time frame.
  • The applicant(s) ability to complete the research training.
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic Communities.
  • The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation.

We prioritize applicants who submit a short “project description” (2-5 pages), which is a suggestion for a PhD project within the topic mentioned above. This project description should include: one or more research questions, a study design including methods and theories for the research project and a time schedule.

For more information please contact Assistant Professor Evangelia Triantafyllou, email or phone: +45 9940 2082.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend(s).

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Sofie Pia Jensen, The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design, email:, phone: +45 9940 3478.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

Deadline: 30 November 2018
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Post expires on Friday November 30th, 2018