Conceptions of learning and teaching held by teachers in undergraduate medical education

Aim of the COLT (Conceptions Of Learning and Teaching) questionnaire

With this questionnaire, you will gain insight into your conscious and unconscious conceptions of learning and teaching, simply by filling out 18 items. To read more about teachers’ conceptions of learning and teaching, click on Background information. If you are interested in extra information on the five teacher profiles based on conceptions of learning and teaching, click on Teacher profiles.

Why would you want to fill out the COLT?

In less than 10 minutes you obtain insight into your conceptions of learning and teaching and do you know which teacher profile fits best with your current conceptions


Thank you for filling out the COLT questionnaire! It will take less than 10 minutes of your time.

This web-based questionnaire consists of 3 parts:

  • Part 1: Some general information and starting questions
  • Part 2: The 18 item COLT-questionnaire
  • Part 3: Results and feedback

On the next page you will see the 18 statements.

After completing these, you will find your results on the following page, both in numbers and graphically (compared to previous responding teachers).

The results will also be sent to you by email.

On the results page you can also find additional background information on the five teacher profiles.

Step 1: About you

Your Email address:

You are a

What is your age?


What is your land of origin?

Teaching Experience: How long have you been working in medical education? (in a broad sense: as a teacher, or possibly in education management, education research or development of education)

What number of hours are spent in face to face or other modalities of teaching (i.e. personally delivering teaching to students)?

hours a week

For which organization do you work?

Step 2: COLT Questionnaire

By completing the questionnaire you agree that your data will be coded and used for scientific research. See the 'Information letter' about the study and an explanation of informed consent under the button 'Informed consent'. At any time you can stop filling out the questionnaire.

Please choose one of the alternatives for answering the 18 statements of the COLT:
1 = strongly disagree
2 = disagree
3 = neutral
4 = agree
5 = strongly agree
and ‘no opinion’


  • ‘Education’ should be interpreted in a broad sense: not only delivery in lectures or small group teaching, but also educational management, development and/or educational research.

  • In the next 18 statements on learning and teaching it is important to realize that we are interested in your opinion and what you would prefer in an ideal context, and not what your doing actually in daily practice.

  • If you are only providing lectures at the moment, some statements might be not applicable for you. However, we presume that you do have an opinion about these statements.