Guide to Motivation Letter and Interview
The motivation letter for the Educational Technology programme (up to 6000 characters with spaces) shall contain:
1) information about what motivates the applicant to enrol in this programme as well as where and how the applicant plans to carry out the practical tasks required in this programme, that is, observe learners and people performing teaching tasks and temporarily perform teaching tasks themselves;
2) the applicant’s preliminary research or development project plan (up to 2000 characters with spaces; shall include the statement of the problem, justification of the problem, plan for solving the problem) - examples to assist you in developing your topic;
3) a short (up to 10 min) video clip where the applicant introduces his or her preliminary research or development project to the admissions committee and to the other applicants and elaborates on how the project would contribute to the development of the applicant’s workplace (or, if the applicant is not employed, how the project would contribute to the development of either the institution where the practical tasks will be carried out or a certain field related to education). The video does not have to be professional – for example, it can be produced with the smartphone camera. The applicant should include in the motivation letter a link to the video file.
The following aspects will be assessed in the motivation letter:
1) the applicant’s suitability for the programme, incl. their motivation and ability to perform the practical tasks required in the programme (50%);
2) the applicant’s motivation and ability to carry out a research or development project during the programme that would contribute to the development of the applicant’s workplace, the institution where the practical tasks are performed or a certain field related to education (50%).
The maximum score for the motivation letter is 100 points and minimum positive score 51 points. The applicant needs to receive at least 51 points for the motivation letter, in order to be invited to the interview.
The entrance exam will be conducted as an interview. The interview will be held in groups of 3–5 and conducted either on site or via Skype. The duration of the group interview will be 30 minutes. The maximum score for the interview is 100 points. The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicant’s
- readiness for MA studies;
- study motivation and motivation to apply the new knowledge in implementing educational innovation;
- familiarity with the topical issues of both education in a broader sense and educational technology in a narrower sense.
The following aspects will be assessed by the entrance exam:
1) the applicant’s readiness for MA studies, particularly their cultural and value competence; social and civic competence; self-management competence; learning to learn competence; communication competence; and entrepreneurship competence (40%);
2) the applicant’s study motivation and motivation to apply the new knowledge in implementing educational innovation, particularly intrinsic and extrinsic motivation (30%);
3) the applicant’s familiarity with the topical issues of both education in a broader sense and educational technology in a narrower sense (30%).
Only those applicants who score 66 points or higher (out of 100) as a combined score from both the motivation letter and interview, will be considered for admission.