Karen Konings


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Key Research Interests

Medical education; problem-based learning; work-based learning, participatory design of education; student voice; student perceptions; reflection; feedback


List of publications: (for full text of papers, see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kd_Koenings)

 Publications in international peer-reviewed journals:

  • Könings, K. D.  & McKenney, S. (2017). Participatory Design of (Built) Learning Environments. European Journal of Education, 52, 247-252.
  • Könings, K. D., Bovill, C. & Woolner, P. (2017). Towards an Interdisciplinary Model of Practice for Participatory Building Design in Education. European Journal of Education, 52, 306-3017.
  • Harrison, C. J., Könings, K. D., Schuwirth, L. W. T., Wass, V., & Van der Vleuten, C. P. M. (2017). Changing the culture of assessment: The dominance of the summative assessment paradigm. BMC Medical Education, 17(73), 1-14.
  • Janssen, F. J. J. M., Könings, K. D. & Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2017). Participatory educational design: How to improve mutual learning and the quality and usability of the design? European Journal of Education, 52,268-279.
  • Koutamanis, A., Heuer, J. & Könings, K. D. (2017). A Visual Information Tool for User Participation during the Lifecycle of School Building Design: BIM. European Journal of Education, 52, 295-305.
  • Ramani, S., Post, S. E., Könings, K., Mann, K., Katz, J. T., & Van der Vleuten, C. (2017). “It's Just Not the Culture”: A Qualitative Study Exploring Residents' Perceptions of the Impact of Institutional Culture on Feedback. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 29, 153-161.
  • Ramani, S., Könings, K., Mann, K. V., & Van der Vleuten, C. (2017) Uncovering the unknown: A grounded theory study exploring the impact of self-awareness on the culture of feedback in residency education, Medical Teacher, 39, 1065-1073
  • Solarte, I. & Könings, K. D. (2017). Discrepancies between perceptions of students and deans regarding the consequences of restricting students’ use of electronic medical records on quality of medical education. BMC Medical Education, 17(55), 1-7.
  • Könings, K. D., Mulder, A., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2016). Koopvaardijofficieren over stagebegeleiding op innovatieve trainingsschepen: Verwachte werkeisen en energiebronnen in de context van verandering. Gedrag & Organisatie, 29, 251-271.
  • Könings, K. D., Popa, D., Gerken, M., Giesbers, B., Rienties, B. C., Van der Vleuten, C. P. M., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2016). Thesis Supervision at a Distance: Benefits of Videoconferencing for Group Meetings. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 53, 388-399.
  • Könings, K. D., van Berlo, J., Koopmans, R., Hoogland, H., Spanjers, I. A. E., Ten Haaf, J., Van der Vleuten, C. P. M., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2016). Promoting Residents’ Reflection at Work: Combining a Smartphone App with Coaching Groups. Academic Medicine, 91(3), 365-370.
  • Bohle Carbonell, K., Könings, K.D., Segers, M., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2016). Measuring adaptive expertise: development and validation of an instrument. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25, 167-180.
  • Burke, C. & Könings, K. D. (2016). Recovering Lost Histories of Educational Design: A Case Study in Contemporary Participatory Strategies. Oxford Review of Education, 42, 721-732.
  • Gegenfurtner, A., Könings, K. D., Kosmajac, N., & Gebhardt, M. (2016). Voluntary or mandatory training participation moderates the relationship between goal orientations and transfer of training. International Journal of Training and Development, 20, 290-301.
  • Cober, R., Tan, E., Slotta, J.D., So, H.-J., & Könings, K.D. (2015). Teachers as participatory designers: Two case studies with technology-enhanced learning environments. Instructional Science. 43, 203-228.
  • Harrison, C. J., Könings, K. D., Schuwirth, L., Wass, V. J., & Van der Vleuten, C. P. M. (2015). Understanding the usage of feedback after summative assessment. Advances in Health Sciences Education.  20, 229 –245. 
  • Spanjers, I. A. E., Könings, K. D., Leppink, J., Verstegen, D. M. L., De Jong, N., Czabanowska, K., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2015). The promised land of blended learning: Quizzes as a moderator. Educational Research Review, 15, 59-74.
  • Stürmer, K., Könings, K. D., & Seidel, T. (2015). Factors Within University-Based Teacher Education Relating to Preservice Teachers’ Professional Vision. Vocations and Learning. 8, 35–54.
  • Könings, K. D., Seidel, T., Brand-Gruwel, S., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2014). Differences Between Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Education: Profiles to Describe Congruence and Friction. Instructional Science, 42,11-30.
  • Könings, K. D., Seidel, T., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2014). Editorial: Participatory Design: Integrating Perspectives of Students, Teachers, and Designers. Instructional Science, 42, 1-9.
  • Bohle Carbonell, K., Stalmeijer, R. E., Könings, K. D., Segers, M., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2014). How Experts Maintain High Performance in Novel Situations: A Review of Adaptive Expertise. Educational Research Review, 12, 14-29.
  • Czabanowska, K., Smith, T., Könings, K. D., Sumskas, L., Otok, R., Bjegovic, V., & Brand, H. (2014). In search for Public Health Leadership Competency Framework to support leadership curriculum – a consensus study. European Journal of Public Health, 24, 850-856.
  • Mauroux, L., Könings, K. D., Dehler, J., & Gurtner, J.-L. (2014). Mobile and Online Learning Journal: Effects on Apprentices’ Reflection in Vocational Education and Training. Vocations and Learning, 7(2), 215-239.
  • Harrison, C. J., Könings, K. D., Molyneux, A., Schuwirth, L., Wass, V., & Van der Vleuten, C. (2013). Web-based feedback after summative assessment: how do students engage? Medical Education, 47, 734-744.
  • Stürmer, K., Könings, K. D., & Seidel, T. (2013). Declarative Knowledge and Professional Vision in Teacher Education: Effect of Courses in Teaching and Learning. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 83, 467-483.
  • Könings, K. D., Brand-Gruwel, S. & Elen, J. (2012). Effects of a school reform on longitudinal stability of students’ preferences with regard to education. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 82, 512-532.
  • De Jong, N. Czabanowska, K., Könings, K. D., Sauline, S., & Lohrmann, Ch. (2012). Educational approaches for maximizing the accessibility of the European Public Health Leadership programme.European Journal of Public Health, 22(2), 92.
  • Van Zundert, M. J., Könings, K. D., Sluijsmans, D. M. A., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2012). Teaching domain-specific skills before peer assessment skills is superior to teaching them simultaneously. Educational Studies, 38, 541-557.
  • Van Zundert, M. J., Sluysmans, D., Könings, K. D., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2012). The differential effects of task complexity on domain-specific and peer assessment skills. Educational Psychology, 32, 127-145.
  • Könings, K. D., Brand-Gruwel, S. & van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2011). The match between students’ lesson perceptions and preferences: Relations with student characteristics and the Importance of motivation. Educational Research, 53, 439-457.
  • Könings, K. D., Brand-Gruwel, S. & van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2011). Participatory instructional redesign by students and teachers in secondary education: Effects on perceptions of instruction. Instructional Science, 39, 737-762.
  • Könings, K. D., Brand-Gruwel, S. & van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2010). An approach to participatory instructional design in secondary education: An exploratory study. Educational research, 52, 45-59.
  • Könings, K. D., Brand-Gruwel, S., van Merriënboer, J. J. G., & Broers, N. (2008). Does a new learning environment come up to students’ expectations? A longitudinal study. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100, 535-548.
  • Könings, K. D., Brand-Gruwel, S. & van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2007). Teachers’ Perspective on Innovations: Implications for Educational Design. Teaching and Teacher Education, 23, 985-997.
  • Könings, K. D., van Zundert, M. J. Brand-Gruwel, S. & van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2007). Participatory design in secondary education: Is it a good idea? Students’ and teachers’ opinions about its desirability and feasibility. Educational Studies, 33, 445-465.
  • Könings, K.D., Brand-Gruwel, S. & van Merriënboer, J.J.G. (2005). Towards more powerful learning environments through combining the perspectives of designers, teachers and students. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 75(4), 645-660.
  • Könings, K. D., Wiers, R. W., Van de Wiel, M. W. J., & Schmidt, H. G. (2005). Problem-based learning as a valuable educational method for physically disabled teenagers? The discrepancy between theory and practice. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 17, 107-117.

Publications in books / book chapters:

  • Verstegen, D. M. L., De Jong, N., Van Berlo, J., Camp, A., Könings, K. D., Van Merriënboer, J. J. G., & Donkers, J. (2016). How E-learning Can Support PBL Groups: A Literature Review.In S. Bridges, L. K. Chan, & C. E. Hmelo-Silver (Eds.) Educational Technologies in Medical and Health Sciences Education (pp. 9-33). Springer International Publishing.
  • Könings, K. D., & Gijselaers, W. H. (2015). Bringing Learning to the Workplace: A Smartphone App for Reflection and Increased Authenticity of Learning. In A. Dailey & K. Dennis (Eds.) Transformative Perspectives and Processes in Higher Education (pp. 117-135). Springer International Publishing.
  • Czabanowska, K., Könings, K. D., & Smith, T. (2013). Teachers’ perceptions of working with the online environment and some lessons learnt from the LEPHIE project. In V. Bjegovic-Mikanovic & Working Group on Innovation and Good Practice in Public Health Education (WGIGP), ASPHER: Modern Teaching – Distance Learning: A Guide To Online And Blended Learning With Case Studies From Public Health (pp. 72-76). Lage, Germany: Jacobs Verlag.
  • Gerken, M., Rienties, B., Giesbers, B., & Könings, K. D. (2012). Enhancing the academic internship learning experience for business education - A critical review and future directions. In: P. Van den Bossche, W. H. Gijselaers, & R. G. Milter (Eds.), Learning at the Crossroads of Theory and Practice, Advances in Business Education and Training, 4, 7-22.
  • Könings, K. & Van Dijke, M. H. (2009). Het voorspellen van prestaties: criteria en predictoren. In M. van Dijke, J. Syroit, & J. van Ruysseveldt (Eds.). Strategisch selecteren. Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff.
  • Könings, K., Proost, K., & Lodewijkx, H. (2009). Adverse impact en de potentiële invloed van test-bias en cognitieve beoordelingsfouten. In M. van Dijke, J. Syroit, & J. van Ruysseveldt (Eds.). Strategisch selecteren. Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff.
  • Proost, K., Lodewijkx, H., & Könings, K. (2009). Rechtvaardigheid in personeelsselectie. In M. van Dijke, J. Syroit, & J. van Ruysseveldt (Eds.). Strategisch selecteren. Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff.
  • Syroit, J., Könings, K., & Proost, K. (2009). Besluitvorming in het wervings- en selectieproces. In M. van Dijke, J. Syroit, & J. van Ruysseveldt (Eds.). Strategisch selecteren. Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff.
  • Könings, K. D. (2007). Student perspectives on education: Implications for instructional redesign. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands.

Wi-2 Publications in international journals:

  • Thi Nguyen, V. A., Könings, K. D., Scherpbier, A. J., Wright, P., Luu, H. N., & Merriënboer, J. J. (2017). Preventive medicine as a first-or second-choice course: a cross-sectional survey into students’ motivational differences and implications for information provision. BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 383.
  • Mohtady, H. A., Könings, K. D., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2016). What Makes Informal Mentorship in the Medical Realm Effective. Mentoring and Tutoring Journal: Partnership in Learning, 24, 306-317. DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2016.1252111
  • Sargeant, J., Armson, H., Driessen, E., Holmboe, E., Könings, K., Lockyer, J., Lynn, L., Mann, K., Ross, K., Silver, I., Soklaridis, S., Warren, A., Zetkulic, M., Boudreau, M., Shearer, C. (2016). Evidence-Informed Facilitated Feedback: The R2C2 Feedback Model. MedEdPORTAL Publications. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/10387 http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10387
  • Harrison, C. J., Könings, K. D., Dannefer, E. F., Schuwirth, L. W. T., Wass, V., & Van der Vleuten, C. P. M (2016). Factors influencing students’ receptivity to formative feedback emerging from different assessment cultures. Perspectives on Medical Education, 5, 276–284.
  • De Jong, N., Könings, K. D., & Czabanowska, K. (2014). The Development of Innovative Online Problem-Based Learning: A Leadership Course for Leaders in European Public Health. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 11(3), 1-11.
  • Placklé, I., Könings, K. D., Jacquet, W., Struyven, K., Libotton, A., Van Merriënboer, J. J. G., & Engels, N. (2014).Students’ Preferred Characteristics of Learning Environments in Vocational Secondary Education. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 1, 107-124.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Associate Professor, Maastricht University


  • Higher Education
  • Medical Education
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Participatory Design of Education
  • Student Voice
  • Student perceptions of education
  • Feedback
  • Reflection
  • Work-based learning

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