My evaluation of the BKO course “Group meetings”

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Last month I finished the BKO (teacher professionalization) course “Group meetings”, and now I would like to share some thoughts with you. One of the main goals of this course was to learn and practice group management skills. Course participants were asked to make a proposal for a real group meeting where they could practice particular methods and techniques for organizing an effective, efficient and joyful meeting. As all BKO courses are mentioned for teachers, we were asked to organize a meeting with a group of students that was quite problematic for me because my teaching tasks do not include…

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#LAK17 – it’s all about multimodality

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The 2017 edition of the Learning Analytics & Knowledge conference beat all the previous records with 344 submissions from 1000 authors and 415 participants, the acceptance rate of the full paper was 34%. Multimodality is the main focus The trending topic of #LAK17 is undoubtedly multimodality. Two keynotes out of three Sanna Jarvela and Sydney D’Mello focus on multimodal data for learning. The topic is also reflected in many studies presented during the parallel presentations. The 3 keynote speakers in #LAK17 seem to be embracing #multimodallity in different ways! #CrossLAK and #MMLA more relevant than ever? — Roberto Martinez (@RobertoResearch) 15…

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CfP Multimodal Data for Learning @JCAL Impact: 1.679

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*********************************************** CALL FOR JOURNAL PAPERS Special Issue on MMDL (Multimodal Data for Learning) Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) Impact factor: 1.679 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2729 Deadline of submissions: 08 May 2017 ************************************************ SCOPE ********* The transition of our world from an analog to a digital one affects all aspects of the society and also the educational sector. In recent years we have gained insights into the learning behaviour by investigating existing data sources such as learning management systems, mobile applications, and social media environments with analytic methods. While these data sources can still provide a rich ground for research, a new wave of…

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SkillsFuture @SG and the LELLE project @EU

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SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) is a nation-wide movement to equip and to empower all Singaporeans with the necessary skills for the rapid changing market place both at the local front, as well as at the global platform. Primarily, it aims to foster a life-long learning culture with the vision for a competitive and a resilient work force. The SkillsFuture initiative also aligns with Singapore’s long-term vision for a future-ready Singapore; staying relevant in the 21st century with the tagline: Your Skills; Your Assets; Your Future. To drive and coordinate the Skillsfuture movement, two new statutory boards – SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) under…

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RCOER17: Embrace different perspectives of openness

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Next week I will attend a European consultation meeting to prepare the upcoming OER World Congress organised by UNESCO and COL. Since the last OER congress was in 2012, I think it is a very good idea to assess the developments from 2012 until now and to define a shared vision and agenda for stakeholders…

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If you do it, do it safely!

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Technology and in particularly the Internet facilitate our daily life by making communication easier than ever before. People born after 1985 are not aware of a life without e-mail, and of that amazing sound that the modem used to make when connecting the computer to this special network called “the Internet”. With the diffusion of social networks, sharing information has become effortless, and especially teenagers continuously share photos, information related to their location, feelings and other private information with their friends, often without being aware of the consequences. The I Secure Project aims to empower education systems with an “information…

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Towards a pedagogical model for science education: bridging educational contexts through a blended learning approach

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I recently co-authored this article with an envisioned pedagogical model in ‘Open Learning: the journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning’ together with José Bidarra, head of the Informatics, Physics and Technology Section (SIFT) of Universidade Aberta, the Portugese  ‘Open University’ in Lissabon. I met José during an EMPOWER network meeting, and since than we started to exchange thoughts. This article proposes a design framework to support science education through blended learning, based on a participatory and interactive approach supported by ICT-based tools, called Science Learning Activities Model (SLAM). The development of this design framework started as a response to complex…

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Mini-Track on Gamification in MOOCs

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For those of you interested in Gamification applied to an online environment such as MOOC there is a dedicated mini-track at the 11th European Conference on Games Based Learning (5 -6th October 2017, Graz, Austria). Gamification (known as the application of game elements to non-entertaining scenarios) is well known in education and other fields (e.g. marketing, training and trading) as a technique with enormous potential for engaging and motivating users and stimulating behavioural changes. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relevant educational trend, which received a lot of attention recently. MOOCs are designed to address mass audiences. However, MOOCs…

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