Margot van Wermeskerken is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Education at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on multimedia learning, such as learning from video (modelling) examples, instructional, and education design. By using eye-tracking methodology, she uncovers attentional processes during learning. She also is interested in cognitive load and self-regulated learning. In addition, Margot investigates whether and how visualizations of learners' attention can be used in education to enable adaptive instruction and feedback.
Margot graduated (Master Human Movement Sciences, University of Groningen, 2007) and got her PhD within the field of Human Movement Sciences Bewegingswetenschappen (VU University Amsterdam, 2012; title: "On the use of visual information in infant reaching actions"). In 2013 she obtained a Postdoc position in the group of Tamara van Gog at the department of Psychology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2015 she continued her research at the Department of Education at Utrecht University, first as PostDoc and later as Assistant Professor. From 2019 until 2022 Margot worked as an educational researcher and consultant at Erasmus Medical Center within the team Digital Learning and Innovation, in which she was mainly concerned with educational renewal and innovation (of courses and programs). In 2022 Margot returned to the Department of Education of Utrecht University to be involved in education and educational research.
In 2019 Margot obtained a fellowship from the Community for Learning and Innovation of Erasmus University Rotterdam which enabled her to study the effects of quizzes when learning from instructional videos in educational practice. From 2017 until 2021 Margot has been the coordinator of the special interest group Technology-Enhanced Learning and Instruction of the European Association for Learning and Instruction (EARLI SIG 7).