prof.dr. T.H.S. Eijsink (Tessa)

Full Professor

About Me

Tessa Eysink is full professor on the chair Technology-Enhanced Learning and Instruction and head of the Department of Instructional Technology. She graduated in cognitive science, received a PhD in educational science, and is currently working on the intersection of psychology and instructional design. Her research interests focus on social inclusion of the gifted and talented in the regular classroom in relation to instructional design. She is experienced in studying and developing digital learning environments, mostly in the field of inquiry learning and learning by design in science education. The past few years her focus shifted from general learning systems to more adaptive and tiered learning environments that are tailored to the specific needs of the learner. In addition, she also broadened her focus to informal learning. 

Tessa is also the programme director of the master programme Educational Science and Technology.

Ancillary Activities

  • Alice Bekke & partners
    Advisory board


Research interests:

  • differentiation
  • giftedness
  • adaptive learning environments
  • instructional design
  • inquiry learning
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • informal science learning
  • learning processes


Other Contributions

Kuang, X., Eysink, T.H.S., & de Jong, T. (2023). Presenting domain information or self-exploration to foster hypothesis generation in simulation-based inquiry learning. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 61, 70-102doi:10.1002/tea.21865


Stroet, K., Endedijk, H., van der Liende, M., Eysink, T.H.S., Gijlers, H., & Jolles, D. (2022). Schoolsucces als de scholen dicht zijn? Een onderzoek naar de rol van ondersteuning door leerkrachten en ouders tijdens de coronacrisis. [School success when schools are closed? An study into the role of support by teachers and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.] Pedagogische Studiën, 99, 200-221.


Kuang, X., Eysink, T.H.S., & de Jong, T. (2022). Effects of providing domain information on facilitating hypothesis generation in inquiry learning. The Journal of Educational Research, 115, 285-297. doi:10.1080/00220671.2022.2124219


Wang, Y., Eysink, T.H.S., Qu, Z., Yang, Z., Shan, H., Zhang, N., Zhang, H., & Wang, Y. (2022). Interactive Response System to promote active learning in Intelligent Learning Environments. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 60, 1867-1891. doi:10.1177/07356331221082191


Hogenkamp, L., van Dijk, A.M., & Eysink, T.H.S. (2021). Analyzing socially shared regulation of learning during cooperative learning and the role of equal contribution: a grounded theory approach. Education Sciences, 11, 512. doi:10.3390/educsci11090512


Eysink, T.H.S. & Schildkamp, K. (2021). A conceptual framework for Assessment-Informed Differentiation (AID) in the classroom. Educational Research, 63, 261-278. doi:10.1080/00131881.2021.1942118

Eysink, T.H.S., van Dijk, A.M., & de Jong, T. (2020). BE COOL! a digital learning environment to challenge and socially include gifted learners. Educational Technology Research and Development, 68, 2373-2393. doi:10.1007/s11423-020-09754-9

van Dijk, A.M., Eysink, T.H.S., & de Jong, T. (2020). Supporting cooperative dialogue in heterogeneous groups in elementary education. Small Group Research, 51, 464-491. doi: org/10.1177/1046496419879978

Kuang, X., Eysink, T.H.S., & de Jong, T. (2019). Effects of providing partial hypotheses as a support for simulation-based inquiry learning. Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning, 36, 487-501. doi:10.1111/jcal.12415

Rijke, W.J., Bollen, L., Eysink, T.H.S., & Tolboom, J.L.J. (2018). Computational thinking in primary school: An examination of abstraction and decomposition in different age groups. Informatics in Education, 17, 77-92. doi:10.15388/infedu.2018.05

Eysink, T.H.S., Hulsbeek, M., & Gijlers, H. (2017). Supporting primary school teachers in differentiating in the regular classroom. Teaching and Teacher Education, 66, 107-116. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2017.04.002

van Dijk, A.M., Eysink, T.H.S., & de Jong, T. (2016). Ability-related differences in performance of an inquiry task: The added value of prompts. Learning and Individual Differences, 47, 145-155. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2016.01.008

Eysink, T.H.S., Gersen, L., & Gijlers, H. (2015). Inquiry learning for gifted children. High Ability Studies, 26, 63-74. doi:10.1080/13598139.2015.1038379

Eysink, T. H. S., & de Jong, T. (2012). Does instructional approach matter? How elaboration plays a crucial role in multimedia learning. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 21, 583-625. doi:10.1080/10508406.2011.611776.

Kolloffel, B., Eysink, T. H. S., & de Jong, T. (2011). Comparing the effects of representational tools in collaborative and individual inquiry learning. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 6, 223-251.

Eysink, T. H. S., & de Jong, T. (2010). Leren in multimediale leeromgevingen: een vergelijking van instructiebenaderingen. [Learning in multimedia learning arrangements: an analysis across instructional approaches.] Pedagogische Studiën, 87, 66-76. 

de Jong, T., Eysink, T. H. S., & van Merriënboer, J. (2010). Leren met multipele representaties in computergebaseerde leeromgevingen. [Learning with multiple representations in computer-based learning environments.] Pedagogische Studiën, 87, 3-8. 

Kolloffel, B., Eysink, T. H. S., & de Jong, T. (2010). De rol van externe representaties bij het leren van combinatoriek en kansrekening met computersimulaties. [The role of external representations in simulation-based inquiry learning.] Pedagogische Studiën, 87, 51-65. 

Kolloffel, B., Eysink, T. H. S., & de Jong, T. (2010). The influence of learner-generated domain representations on learning combinatorics and probability theory. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2009.07.008

Berthold, K., Eysink, T.H.S., & Renkl, A. (2009). Assisting self-explanation prompts are more effective than open prompts when learning with multiple representations. Instructional Science, 37, 345-363.

Eysink, T.H.S., de Jong, T., Berthold, K., Kolloffel, B., Opfermann, M., & Wouters, P. (2009). Learner performance in multimedia learning arrangements: An analysis across instructional approaches. American Educational Research Journal, 46, 1107-1149.

Gerjets, P., Scheiter, K., Opfermann, M., Hesse, F.W. & Eysink, T.H.S. (2009). Learning with hypermedia: The influence of representational formats and different levels of learner control on performance and learning behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 25, 360-370.

Kolloffel, B., Eysink, T.H.S., de Jong, T., & Wilhelm, P. (2009).The effects of representational format on learning combinatorics from an interactive computer-simulation. Instructional Science, 37, 503-517.

Hulshof, C.D., Eysink T.H.S., & de Jong, T. (2006). The ZAP Project: Designing interactive computer tools for learning of psychology. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 43, 337-351. 

Hulshof, C.D., Eysink, T.H.S., Loyens, S., & de Jong, T. (2005). ZAPs: Using interactive programs for learning psychology. Interactive Learning Environments, 13, 39-53. 

Eysink, T.H.S., Dijkstra, S., & Kuper, J. (2002). The role of guidance in computer-based problem solving for the development of concepts of logic. Instructional Science, 30, 307-333. 

Eysink, T.H.S., Dijkstra, S., & Kuper, J. (2001). Cognitive processes in solving variants of computer-based problems used in logic teaching. Computers in Human Behavior, 17, 1-19. 

Van der Pal, J., & Eysink, T. (1999). Balancing situativity and formality: The importance of relating a formal language to interactive graphics in logic instruction. Learning and Instruction, 9, 327-341. 

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Tessa Eysink is the programme director of the master programme Educational Science and Technology.

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
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The Netherlands

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