Getting SOONER on the policy radar

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Scientific results can’t really have a big impact on practice and policy unless it is disseminated outside the research context. Still, even when you do your best to share your latest findings in presentations at practice oriented events, press releases, newsletters or blogs, it can all be for nothing if policy makers never even find it and know what to do with it. That is why Marco and me were glad to have the opportunity to present the interim findings of all SOONER research to policy makers of the ministry of education, culture and science last month. It is a good thing…

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October last year I shortly introduced an instrument we developed which enables different stakeholders such as teachers, students, course designers and researchers to analyse the educational scalability of their course design when it comes to formative feedback. (You can read here more about it) I am glad to inform you that both the instrument and the corresponding paper are accessible online now! You can find the paper “A Framework towards Educational Scalability of Open Online Courses” here You can find the design analysis instrument here If you have any questions regarding the paper and/or the instrument feel free to contact…

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Guest lecture at Zuyd Hogeschool

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Today was rather special. I was invited to give a lecture at Zuyd Hogeschool in the minor of the Internet of Things (IoT). This minor is coordinated by my fellow colleague Marcel Schimtz (see 5 student teams working on classroom IoT). My lecture today was entitled “Multimodal Learning Analytics: 
an IoT approach for social signals”. I presented the theoretical background of social signals and multimodality in learning and human behaviour. I talked about the five main challenges of the multimodal learning analytics cycle, namely the data collection, data storing, data processing, data annotation and data exploitation.

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TRANSPARENCY + CHOICE = CONTEXTUAL INTEGRITY

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There is no secret that many things that people used to do in real life can now also be done virtually, like: shopping and paying bills with use of Internet banking; making friends and staying in contact through social media websites; or following courses and passing exams online. When we experience all these situations in real life, we behave in a way fitting to social norms and principles.  For example, when people meet for the first time, it is quite normal to keep some distance from each other and have a limited socially-accepted range of topics to discuss. It takes…

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International eLearning and Open Education Congress in Madrid

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I was very pleased to be invited to the International UNIR iTED Congress 2017 on eLearning and Open Education: It took place on 21st and 22nd of November in the premises of the UNIR university in Madrid. Experts and colleagues from four continents came together to exchange and discuss latest experiences and challenges for introducing eLearning and Open Education and achieving impact in practice and society. My provocative title and guiding question of my speech in the afternoon was: “eLearning and Open Education: Why should we do it?” and I was happy that it was leading to a lot of…

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Scalable Course Design in MOOCs?

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We all know that the quality of a course be it a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or any other (open online) course, highly depends on the quality of the course design. Quality is a highly discussed topic in the literature and I don’t really want to go into it in depth but a very simple way of “measuring” the quality of a course design is by listening to the students the course is made for and the teachers who are teaching and maybe even did design the course. Students’ (dis)satisfaction regarding the design can tell you a lot about…

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Challenges and opportunities of open online education: a group concept mapping study

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This summer my first article was accepted for publication in a scientific journal! This was wonderful news to me, a personal milestone… However, most people that are not my direct colleagues (for example: my grandpa) have only a vague idea (if even) what I actually do, and most of them don’t have the intention or time to read the full article to find out. This is ok with me, as I also admit I still don’t know exactly what my sister did during her 4 years of PhD research into ‘something with artificial kidneys’. However, I do want to give…

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Online discussion on Quality at Open Education Europe

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Join the Online Discussion on Quality at Open Education Europe Online discussion live on Friday, 27th of October 2017 at Open Education Europe portal by the European Union The online discussion on “How to ensure Quality in Open Education” is taking place on 27th of October 2017 from 12pm to 1pm CEST. It will be moderated by Christian M. Stracke as the coordinator of the European initiative MOOQ for the Quality of Open Education and facilitated by the European platform Open Education Europe (OEE) from the European Union. All experts and practitioners worldwide are kindly invited to join and to…

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