Inaugural lecture: Break out your room. Students’ sense of belonging and engagement with university and school

Close by, from a distance? That is the question. This keynote unravels the complex realities of online education and how it affects students’ connection with school, university or education in general.

It is exactly this connection, which is so important for motivation for schooling and learning, for social development, for social forms of learning and therefore also for student performance.

Since the school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, online education has become commonplace in all sectors of education, whether or not combined with teaching on location. While we can hope that extended periods of school closures are over, online education will continue to be a part of our education, from primary to higher education.

In this lecture, Admiraal will discuss what research into online, blended and hybrid education says about students’ sense of belonging and their social, affective and cognitive engagement with schooling and learning.

About the lecturer

From 1 March 2022, Wilfried Admiraal is working as full professor Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning at the Centre for the Study of Professions.

His research interest combines the areas of teaching, technology and social psychology in secondary and higher education including:

He supervises some 30 PhDs and has published over 200 international peer-reviewed journal articles. He is editor of

More information on his personal homepage (, and at ORCID (


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