Creating mobiles games and listening to Berlioz

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Today I learned quite some things about the approaches followed at the MIT-STEP lab on creating mobile games with visual programming tools. One very interesting platform allows the creation of mobile location-based games with an online authoring environment. The project is called tale blazer (http://taleblazer.org/). Basically the system allows to define Agents and locate them on a map, one can also create different player roles for a game. What I liked very much is that defining all the logic of an the agents as also the players roles can be done with a visual programming approach similar to Scratch. So…

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A tool for writers – improve your writing with a Carnegie Mellon prose style tool

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The last days of June I spent  at a most interesting conference titled “Building bridges through academic writing: Research, policy and practice”.  The conference was hosted by Mofet institute in Tel Aviv. Two intensive days of presentations, discussions and networking  were indeed mostly about research on academic writing (three very interesting and thought provoking keynotes and quite some very inspiring presentations) and  the practice of teaching academic writing in higher education, in general and in teacher education in particular. Policy issues were also presented as well as the notion of bridges between research and practice, between domains, institutions and (research)…

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off to MIT STEP …

By | boston, personalisation | One Comment

I am really looking forward to my visit to MIT STEP. Lots of new things to learn, reflect on my own activities, set new goals, re-define my own interests and focus. Working on PhD publications and seeing my own publications in a broader context. So in generla what we call in German “Über den Tellerrand schauen.” So what I am leaving with topic wise: my work in the last years on sensor-based and ubiquitous computing for learning support. We are running three related European projects in that research topic at the moment: METALOGUE on multimodal dialogue and coaching people in…

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Survey: Common and best practices in MOOC design

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What are your experiences with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? Have you participated in one or several MOOCs? Have you been a teacher/tutor/assistant in a MOOC and/or did you ever (co-)design an MOOC? Do you think that the educational design of MOOCs could be improved?   Then share your knowledge and experience with us by participating in this research. This research is part of a study in the SOONER PhD project ‘Scaling support, feedback and interaction in open online education’, conducted by Julia Kasch (PhD student), Marco Kalz, (promotor) and Peter van Rosmalen (daily supervisor). Within this first study we want…

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Big Data in Education – Learning Outcomes

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The first episode in of Big Data in Education introduced the opportunities arising by programmatically collecting and analysing educational data. The second episode detailed the Dimensions of Education Data, the so-called input space of the Big Data in Education. As anticipated before, this session talks about learning outcomes measurement, or namely how to transform learning performance and assessment indicators to take into account when deploying Big Data techniques in Education. But if we now know where to collect data, why bother about the output at all? The output space is as important as the input as most of the supervised Big Data techniques…

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Visiting Prof.Mayer

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During my vacation in California, I could not resist to visit one of the prominent players in the multimedia learning field, Prof. Richard Mayer. His Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning will have a substantial influence on my Ph.D., so no pressure there. The Santa Barbera campus of the University of California is a beautiful place to visit. The campus is located along a great coastline with beach access and nice surfing spots, great for working on your tan as well as your science. From a student’s perspective, the student housing even looks out on the sea! Hands down the best campus…

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MOOQ survey on Quality of MOOCs launched

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The MOOQ survey on quality of MOOCs launched today Join our survey, it takes only 10 minutes: http://goo.gl/forms/dsjqwDl6jZ5iOmZx2 Please share your experiences and expectations with us and all interested MOOC learners and designers! Let us improve future MOOCs for better learning for all! Thank you very much for your feedback!   The MOOQ survey on the quality of MOOCs will be launched and presented at EDEN Conference 2016 in Budapest: You are kindly invited to share the following links and invite your colleagues and friends: MOOQ survey on Quality of MOOCs launched https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mooq-survey-quality-moocs-launched-eden16-christian-m-stracke https://twitter.com/ChrMStracke/status/742987843618869249

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SURF workshop on Trendscouting TEL

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Yesterday SURF organised a workshop on technology and trend scouting in education. The workshop was driven by the core ideas of flexible and personalised learning. We started from several reports partly in dutch partly in english: Kennisnet Trendrapport: Technologiekompas voor het onderwijs (dutch). Michael van Wetering presented his report on technology in education for 2016-2017. As one core component of the new developments he sees the data and information about human activities. The key question in this context is what and how we can enrich, augment, and enhance learning support with these data. He presented Gardner’s Hypecycle as an instrument…

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MOOQ and MOOCs at EDEN Conference

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MOOCs are dead! Long live MOOCs! One provocative paper presentation at the European EDEN Conference 2016 among many other activities on MOOCs. This year, EDEN 2016 has a strong focus on MOOCs and I’m very pleased to heavily contribute and support the debate together with my colleagues: The presentation of my paper “MOOCs are dead!” will take place in the session D3 on Thursday, 16th of June (from 11:30 to 13:00), you are most welcome to join the discussion! In addition I will introduce MOOQ, our ambitious European initiative for comparing and improving the quality of MOOCs: The MOOQ presentation…

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Are you ready to fail?

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One might think that failure will never arrive at our lives. WRONG. It will. And it will do it that fast… that you will never realize how and why it happened. I am sure you will be sad. And I am sure you will be down. But I hope these words help to understand that, at a certain point, failure is even more necessary than success. Since birth, we are used to receive compliments whenever we succeed. Presents from our parents when we pass all our exams, nice words from colleagues when a journal gets accepted, hugs and kisses when…

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SOONER Symposium ORD (Onderwijs Research Dagen)

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The ORD (Onderwijs Research Dagen) is a yearly conference focussed on (Dutch) education research and the connection to practice. This year it took place from may 25th until may 27th at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Our SOONER research project was represented on the last day when we hosted a symposium on Open Online Learning. In this short blog we share out experiences from the ORD, and our specifically from our symposium. ORD: first impression Renée Jansen and Julia Kasch were able to attend the full three days of the conference and had a chance to gain some first hand experiences….

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Academic Writing Week: Tough love & killing darlings

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It is so tempting to get caught up in so many different things. Not only in my private life, but also as a PhD. Things like project management issues, teaching, communicating, having meetings, following courses, socializing, getting stuck on reading interesting articles (my biggest problem since I find almost everything interesting) … Time flies when you are having fun. But sometimes actual writing just doesn’t happen, which is a pity! That’s why I was really glad that several colleagues took the initiative to organize an academic writing week for our department (TELI) at the Welten Institute of the Open University….

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Getting to know the writer in me; reflections on my first academic writing week

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This week we had a writing week at work. The idea was to block any other activities in your agenda and purely focus on writing…. Sounds great in theory, reality however, speaking for myself, is a different story. When the idea of a writing week was first raised, I was quite enthusiastic. I pictured myself typing away like a madman, being extremely productive and full of inspiration. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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‘Over-scripting’ MOOCs?

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The notion of over-scripting was first surfaced by Dillenbourg (2002) in the context of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). He cautions against over-scripting as it may unwittingly impede learning: make task completion unnecessarily challenging and demotivate the learner. The term ‘script’ was first used by Schank and Alberson (1977) to refer to cognitive structures or schemata, i.e., individuals possess procedural knowledge to act and to respond in everyday situations. A script in the CSCL context defines the sequence of activities, as well as structures interaction and collaboration to complete a global task. There are different types of scripts, e.g., induced scripts,…

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Kick off SOONER & challenges ahead: Innovation projects batch 2

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Last week, on May 19th 2016 prof. dr. Marco Kalz and I have presented the SOONER project to the twelve project leaders who have been awarded funding for their open online education projects at SURF. It was a very nice opportunity to meet the people behind the project plans, to get some insight about their projects and ideas, and to share knowledge about open online education and surrounding topics. Additionally, we introduced the SOONER project with a focus on the accompanying research topic: we got to explain the way we would like to do systematic research within the SOONER project, how we will collect our data,…

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Reflecting my way through blissful ignorance.

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Every few weeks I look back and I notice that I was an blissfully ignorant, unaware of the things I know now. For me this is a great feeling, illustrating the fast pace of the PhD procces. Seemingly, there are little guidelines to how a PhD should develop. Sure, there are guidelines for academic output, but getting there is a personalised procces. For the first time in your life, there is no curriculum. The drive to develop yourself is elementary to the process, seemingly making the process occur naturally. First, you need to be persisting and enquiring. Everything in the field should seem interesting, because…

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First impressions and more: more about MOOCs

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In a recent blog my colleague Alessandra Antonacci  used a beautiful metaphor to illustrate what MOOCs might be missing – personalization, contextualizing. The swan metaphor illustrated what the context can do to enhance or destroy the idea that we have of something, also stresses the importance of the first encounter, the first impression and what it can mean in the context of learning from MOOCs and for MOOC design. I’ll use this metaphor to finally start some practitioner’s sketches about the MOOCs that are designed and delivered by the Welten Instute on EMMA platform, a MOOC about Adolescent Brain and a MOOC on Formative Assessment. Both…

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How a swan made me reflect on MOOC…

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I remember the first time I saw a swan in my life…Wow I was seduced by its elegant movement in the water, in total equilibrium with its environment. I didn’t have the same feeling and impression when some days ago I saw a strange animal with a very long neck, with very short paws and enormous feet walking on the green. I was deeply surprised when I discovered that it was a swan. Outside of the water, all the elegance and beauty disappeared, and even a swan can look clumsy … This made me think and reflect about the importance…

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From Patchwork Quilt to Video Enhanced Masterpiece

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The development of complex skills is just that, complex. An expanding field of educational science, bordering on learning analytics on one side and cognitive psychology on the other side provide a multitude of perspectives from which you could approach the development of complex skills. Incorporating theory such as Self Regulated Learning is easy, but does it strengthen the argument for a video enhanced rubic? Does it contribute to the theoretical framework, the educational design, or is it better left out? These are the questions i ask myself when i see my writing. I see an octopus with many tentacles, a patchwork quilt…

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Traditional education as a CD album, future education as a playlist?

By | MOOCs, open education, personalisation | 7 Comments

Last week I turned 30, in my head I am still 22, but I more and more catch myself referring to things that today are considered “out of date” (my former first year students used to remind me of that). For instance, an actual CD album is not that common anymore (at least the physical disc is not). CD’s and singles as I know them from a record store, in a box, with a nice booklet, are (being) replaced by online streaming services. People can customize their own music by making playlists, cherry picking songs from various albums and artists,…

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The Dutch xAPI Specification for Learning Analytics (DSLA)

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Have you ever wanted to store the data collected from any learning environment in a standardised way but did not know how? Look no further, you are in the right place now! After working with xAPI for several years, we have compiled a registry of xAPI specifications for learning activities to support and highlight the consistent usage of xAPI recipes in the educational domain.

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Social Network Analysis, Social Awareness and Learning

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Personal learning networks (PLN’s) can have a huge impact on the way learners learn. Even though learners have agency, and can create their own opportunities for learning, many opportunities are actually created by their social networks. If learners become more aware of this, they will be able to reflect on the state of their PLN and can take actions to augment their learning potential. So how can we help raise awareness of the ways in which PLN’s shape the learning activities of individual learners? Social Network Analysis (SNA) can be applied to visualize PLN’s, and with those visualizations we can help learners reflect on important characteristics of their networks…

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Teachers: Alone in the dark

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Today I have received good news. Those kind of good news that encourage one to keep doing what we are doing in research helping out people on how to learn better In other words, this means that whatever we do, whatever methodology we use or whatever theory we apply are meant to facilitate the way people/students learn. Now, coming back to where I began this post, this feeling of helping students to learn better was exactly the feeling I had today, when a teacher -from school I visited some weeks ago- approached me. He wanted to share with me how good their pupils were doing after the…

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LATAM Congress: Call for Papers

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ICT & Education LATAM Congress 2016: “Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better teaching and a better learning” Where: Bogota, Colombia. When: June 22nd-24th, 2016.   February 18th, 2016. UNESCO IITE-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016 is born with the drive of: “Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better learning and a better teaching”. UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE, http://iite.unesco.org, Moscow, Russia),  Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR Research, http://research.unir.net, Spain),  and UNESCO Chair on eLearning at UNIR (http://research.unir.net/unesco) are the organizers of this event to be held in Bogota, Colombia, from June 22nd to June 24th,…

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goed / fout

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Een tijdje geleden werd ik gevraagd om een workshop te verzorgen tijdens het studentsymposium van Fontys Sittard. Het opleidingsinstituut waar ik zelf bijna 20 jaar geleden het diploma docent wiskunde behaald heb. Het onderwerp van die dag was ”Deuren open: Van binnen naar buiten – en van buiten naar binnen”. Natuurlijk zeg je ja als je iets over Agora mag vertellen. Vertellen over hoe wij de deuren open zetten voor de buitenwereld en niet meer in vakken denken en leren. Wat deze aanpak voor de leerlingen en voor de docenten (die wij Agoriaanse Meesters noemen) betekent. Misschien kan ik met mijn verhaal een van deze aankomende…

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Unlocking the potential of technology for authentic assessment for learning

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During last week’s Media and Learning conference in Brussels I attended an interesting session of Manuel Frutos-Perez, the Director of Learning Enhancement of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England. In this faculty they implemented a large-scale implementation (involving 900 students) of the use of video-recordings of own performances, in combination with role-play to situate and make the formative assessment more authentic (in a small group of 3/4, each student playing a different role). First year students had to record two of their own performances in a role play and subsequently reflect on them. They were…

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Technology against fraud: the prevention – detection span

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December 2015 SURFacademy organized a two-day seminar Digitaal toetsen, ga er maar aan staan! The seminar focused on e-assessment for high stake, summative assessments. Of course, quite some attention was paid to measures taken by institutions against fraud. Interestingly, two presentations concerning a BYOD e-assessment scenario indicated a span in the use of technology to combat fraud, with prevention on one end of the span and detection on the opposite end. Blocking internet access on the notebooks students are taking their exam on, is an example of a preventive measure. Of course this still doesn’t prevent them from consulting other sources via different means. So, monitoring might…

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i have taught you well young grasshopper.

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I have taught at many different schools and I can tell you that being a great teacher is about adapting to your ‘grasshoppers‘. Teachers have the complex of job fine-tuning their education for students with various preferences and needs. We have to determine how our students learn best to make them better ‘grasshoppers‘.   Mr. Miyagi taught his student fundamental ‘wax on – wax off‘ skills before teaching their context and application. Mr. Miyagi assessed his student and found that these fundamental skills needed to be developed because every student has individual needs and a good teacher adapts to these needs. What if I can make a tool for textual…

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MOOQ: Successful Kick-Off at OUNL

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MOOQ is the European Alliance for Quality of Massive Open Online Courses, called MOOCs. I was very pleased as MOOQ coordinator to welcome all partners at the OUNL in Heerlen. The MOOQ kick-off meeting was extremely successful: We could define the vision, the mission and first MOOQ activities. The vision of MOOQ is to foster quality in MOOCs leading to a new era of learning experiences. MOOQ’s mission is to develop a quality reference framework for the adoption, the design, the delivery and the evaluation of MOOCs in order to empower MOOC providers for the benefit of the learners. To…

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Big Data in Education – First episode

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Like in many other fields like healthcare, retail, telecommunications and natural science, Big Data and Analytics have become a new hype in Education and Learning under the umbrella name of “Learning Analytics”. As technology becomes ubiquitous and more accessible, as most of  the learning time is now spent on Massive Online Open Courses, vast quantities of data are continuously generated and stored in IT systems. These data offer unprecedented opportunities for researchers to analyse and understand several different aspects of learning and education. This data-driven approach is shaking the traditional paradigms of educational research:

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Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training (WEKIT)

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After Roland’s invitation to take part in a survey on augmented reality and wearable technologies in education, I would like to shed some more light on the project behind the survey – the Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training (WEKIT) project. The three-year research and innovation project is supported under Horizon 2020 and brings together thirteen consortium partners representing academia and industry from six countries in Europe. The project sets up to build a ground-breaking industrial-strength learning technology platform and unique methodology to capture expert experience and share it with trainees in the process of enabling immersive, in-situ, and intuitive learning. In this way, WEKIT aims to bring learning…

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Growing and watering plants: “Assessment for learning” complex skills with video-enhanced rubrics

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Looking at the difference between formative and  summative assessment the Ministry of Education in New Zealand uses a striking ‘garden’ analogy, with children setting the stage as ‘plants’. In this analogy, Summative assessment  is described as the process of measuring and comparing performances with the aim to reach a decision or a judgement, e. g. passing an exam or selecting suitable candidates for an educational program. Although these processes are interesting themselves, they do not affect the growth of the plant. In the contrary, formative assessment is compared with growing and watering the plants appropriate to their needs, thus directly…

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Invitation: augmented reality and wearable technologies in education survey

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Augmented reality (AR) and wearable technologies (WT) show huge potential to change the way we educate and train. In the publicly-funded WEKIT project, we explore experience capturing to support observation of a master performing problem-solving tasks and to deliver augmented real-time guidance to trainees. With this questionnaire, we aim to survey your past experience and future expectations. This is a unique opportunity to provide your insights and opinions as input to the development of a public technology roadmap and its implementation in an open platform. http://eiche.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/wekit/index.php/342616?lang=en The survey is performed as part of the WEKIT project (wearable experience for knowledge…

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Keynote on Open Learning at International IEEE EDUCON in Abu Dhabi

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I’m pleased to be invited and deliver the keynote on Open Learning at the International IEEE EDUCON Conference 2016: I will speak about “Open Learning for Smart Education: Open educational policies, strategies and access for all”. This year EDUCON is taking place from 10th to 13th of April 2016 in Abu Dhabi. My questions of the keynote on open learning will be: What is Open Education? Why do we need to change education? How can we collaborate and share our methodologies and resources for mutual benefits?

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Can we fix it? Yes we can! Or not?; Online world to the rescue Part I

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Since my first experience with Internet in August 1996 (yes, I remember it this well), I’m completely hooked. It sneaked its way into my daily life and over the years I became specifically fascinated by the MMORPG’s, the massively multi-player online role playing games. These virtual worlds seem like a parallel universe – an alternate reality – to me, in which nearly anything seems possible. There was a period that I played one quest after the other in Runescape, but due to time constraints (and let’s be honest, Netflix), those days are over.

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Scalable assessment and feedback in Open Online Education (OOE)?

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A growing challenge in education is to facilitate high-quality education for an increasing number of students. Within online education, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a great example of courses that are challenged by high student numbers when trying to support them. How can MOOCs provide high quality learning activities to high student numbers without increasing teacher time and without cutting down on quality?

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Playing with Code School

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Recently, Angel pointed me to a course on code school: angularjs. As we are both trying to port our frameworks (Dojo-ibl and ARLearn) to a responsive webdesign, we were searching for a MV* framework and discovered angularjs. And through angularjs, we stumbled upon code school. Code school is an online interactive platform that hosts programming courses. All courses start with a free level, some course like shaping up with angular js and try r are completely free as they are sponsored by companies like Google and O’Reilly. This code school experience made me think of the days when I was teaching first year…

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About Open Education, MOOCs and the blogs by the Learning Innovation Lab collective.

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Open education and MOOCs are definitely the predominant theme in the of the new Lilab collective blogs. To start with the most recent one by Martine Schophuizen: Martine illustrates the recent history of Open Education with the metaphor of academic knowledge building – standing on the shoulders of giants. Google scholar has been using the words ascribed to Isaac Newton as a motto from the very start. An appropriate metaphor for the service that provides access to academic publications, thus opening up knowledge sources. MOOCs and other open education initiatives open up knowledge by giving access to learning and sharing…

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Open Online Education: Standing on the shoulders of giants

By | MOOCs, OER, open education, Open Educational Resources | One Comment

The expression “standing on the shoulders of giants” conveys the meaning of “discovering truth by building on previous discoveries”. It was found in a letter by Isaac Newton dating from 1676, but it is a principle that is still widely used in our present world and daily lives, and predominantly in an academic context. This is also where I found myself wondering as a first year student in 2008: How can the world outside academia benefit from scientific knowledge if you can only access all the articles through certain (costly) subscriptions? How can a non-academic individual stand on the shoulder…

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How to select a MOOC platform?

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The state of the art review of MOOCs and their platforms, conducted by the partners of the ECO project, revealed the need for analysing this complex emerging field of online learning by means of a systematic procedure and suitable tools. With this purpose in mind the ECO project developed a checklist designed to capture the features, benefits and any possible deficiencies of MOOCs as well as to compare platforms and ease assessment of their educational scope and impact. This checklist provides a set of standard questions to evaluate MOOC platforms and services along dimensions that are relevant from mainly from…

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Lecture series “Towards open educational processes and practices” during Open Education Week

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During the Open Education Week the Open University of the Netherlands is offering a series of online lectures, presentations and expert discussions. The week is supported by the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO and will deal with current challenges for open education research and practice.  The week will begin with a general introduction on open…

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JCHE special issue on advancing research on open education

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Special issue focus Open Education is currently at the crossroads of becoming either an integral part of the higher education landscape or a sellout for venture-capital driven companies who use openness as a means to increase their customer base. At the same time research on open education is developing into two different directions, namely open…

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PBL3.0: New project on “Problem based Learning” has started!

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PBL3.0 is the new project on Problem based Learning and Learning Analytics and it started in the beginning of this year! The kick-off meeting  took place from 14th to 15th of January 2016 in Thessaloniki (Greece). PBL3.0 will support transnational cooperation and mutual learning on forward-looking issues between key stakeholders to provide solutions to current challenges in technology-enhanced learning.  What is the innovation of the project? It will  focus on Integrating Learning Analytics and Semantics in Problem Base Learning. The challenge in the course of the project will be to combine small-group, collaborative learning of PBL with the openness and flexibility of a Massive Open Online Course; an…

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Privacy and Analytics – a DELICATE issue. A checklist towards trusted Learning Analytics

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The widespread adoption of Learning Analytics (LA) and Educational Data Mining (EDM) has somewhat stagnated recently, and in some prominent cases like the inBloom disaster even been reversed following concerns by governments, stakeholders and civil rights groups. In this ongoing discussion, fears and realities are often indistinguishably mixed up, leading to an atmosphere of uncertainty among potential beneficiaries of Learning Analytics, as well as hesitations among institutional managers who aim to innovate their institution’s learning support by implementing data and analytics with a view on improving student success. The LACE project conducted a series of Expert Workshops on Ethics and Privacy…

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To MOOC or not to MOOC, that’s is the question..

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Over the past 15 years the ICT revolution has driven global development […] Globally 3.2 billion people are using the Internet of which 2 billion are from developing countries” (ICT Facts and Figures, 2015). Distances are perceived less due to the extensiveness of the Internet. Open Education (OE) takes advantage of the ability of the World Wide Web to connect and involve learners in collaborating and sharing information, experience, knowledge, documents, etc.”. Consequently, the development of the Internet and digital technologies have impacted on formal, informal and non-formal education. Besides, the movement of OER and the introduction of Massive Open…

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Can MOOC foster deep learning?

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One of the growing concerns about MOOCs is the quality of the learning experiences and the learning outcomes. Amid the many debatable issues, one of the recurring themes is whether MOOCs can facilitate deep learning. Deep learning is commonly associated with meaningful learning, effective learning and/ or good learning. So what essentially constitutes deep learning and how does deep learning take place…

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The wOERld is not enough

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The book “Open Education: A study in disruption” is one of the few accounts on open education that clearly outlines the paradoxes and contradictions which are currently determining the public and scholarly discussion around open education. While the vision of the scholarly community to make (higher) education more accessible and to increase access to knowledge and…

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Where is the balance?

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are, as the name suggests, courses with or for high student numbers. However, merely providing many students with information is not what education is about. MOOCs should and can enable deep learning, which implies that students have an active role during their learning process, engage in higher cognitive processes and relate new information to previous gained knowledge. Therefore, enabling deep learning can be seen as a criterion for MOOC quality. One simple but crucial aspect regarding the quality of MOOCs is that of constructive alignment. Do MOOC designers deliver what they promise? Are intended learning…

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Can computers differentiate between good and bad performances?

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How to define a good performance? Some events have clear indicators to measure performance. For example in race events time is an indicator of performance, in football matches goals scored are clear indicators of performance. What happens with some other types of performances such singing, playing an instrument, acting, teaching, dancing, presenting, etc.? Intuitively we as humans are able to like or dislike these performances without consciously knowing how we arrived to these assessment or conclusions. This becomes a challenge when we want to learn or teach these skills. How to look for improvement when you do not know what to measure? This challenge of…

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Roles

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Do you remember your days at school?, if you have a look back… were the lessons engaging or appealing for you? or were they more like a monologue where you have to fight to stay awake and keep your attention?. Unfortunately nowadays, there are still lots of similar cases. Teachers and institutions prefer to stay in their comfort zone and not invest efforts in future’s children.   The field of (Mobile) Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) (as many others) has been trying to change this paradigm for many years. By offering students a richer and wider informal context, students will be able to seek the truth…

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Remember Billy Blanks?

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In the 90s, we all ordered Billy Blanks VHS videotapes to learn Tae Bo, by 1999 an estimated 1.5 million sets of videos had been sold. Fast forward 26 years and the same thing is still happening! Before i replace the cracked glass on my brand new iPhone.. i tend to watch a video where i can see a person performing that same exact task successfully. People do it all the time, and have been doing it for ages – or at least since the 90’s. It gives me confidence to see someone succeeding. It provides me with information about the tools i need and what…

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Dropout in MOOCs; Who’s side are you on?

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Picture this: Andy is a student who joins a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on music history. He does this because he needs information on the rock ‘n roll era for his paper in college, which is covered in the first 3 weeks of this MOOC. He starts the course as scheduled and stops after 3 weeks. By then he has all the information he needs.

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The LACE Evidence Hub

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The field of learning analytics (LA) has been growing steadily over the las few years. Many LA applications, widgets, dashboards etc. have been implemented and tested by a wide variety of institutions, i.e. at school level, within higher education and at the workplace. In order to get an overview on what works and what does not and to help anyone – whether they are students, teachers, manager, researchers or policymakers – wanting to make decisions about learning and teaching, the LACE project has set up an Evidence Hub for learning analytics.

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The next big step in computing and interaction?

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I recently attended an Intel Game Dev Meetup at Microsoft’s German dependency in Cologne. Main attraction was Intel’s new suite of sensor enabled camera modules, which While devices with integrated front and rear cameras, touchscreen and touch-based gestures and movements became mainstream in human-computer interaction, computers will now become a lot more emotional and interaction will be even more natural.

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LELLE: New project on “Learning How To Learn” is starting!

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LELLE is the new project on “Learning How To Learn” and it is starting tomorrow! The kick-off meeting will take place from 14th to 15h of December 2015 in Nagykanizsa (Hungary). LELLE will focus the “awareness raising to the importance of and providing an innovative solution for the inclusion of the training of learning skills in existing higher education curricula”: The European Erasmus+ proposal was selected for funding and the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) is one core partner of the consortium with a total budget of 300,000,- €.

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Introductory blog Fleur Prinsen

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Today I have become a member of this new collective, a blog collective, called the Learning Innovations Lab (LILAB). I happily enter into this social, networked space and with that I fully support it’s aim of ‘Opening Up’ Education through the collaborative production of innovations. With this initiative we are joining an ever larger, global, network of enthusiasts that feel the need to share about changes in education, and to co-create the solutions for the future. But let’s speak for myself. I thought it might be nice to introduce myself in this blog, by telling you something about the ways in which I…

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Keynote on Introduction to Learning Analytics still needed!

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I have been asked to give an introductory keynote to Learning Analytics at the Dutch Onderwijsdagen (Teaching days). The Onderwijsdagem are a huge conference that attracts over 700 people every year, it is comparable to BETT in the UK, or OnlineEduca in Germany. It attracts especially teachers, companies and managers of K12 schools, HEI teaching orgnisations that spend less time on research. I first was wondering if there is still an introduction to Learning Analytics needed but that was the typical misinterpretation when you talk LA all day long. You believe the core concepts are already common sense but in…

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Keynote EADTU conference: Who let the drop out?

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On 29 of October Marco Kalz has provided a keynote to the “Online, Open and Flexible and Higher Education Conference” organised by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). This year’s conference takes place in Hagen at the German Distance Teaching University and has the focus on “Transforming higher education in the 21st century: Innovating…

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SURF tender Open Education 2016

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On Friday 16 October Marco Kalz and Maartje Henderikx have attended the information meeting for the new SURF call on open education. The call has this year some changes compared to last year’s call. While it was possible in the initial call to also submit a proposal for the production of educational material as OER, from this…

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